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Apple awarded temporary restraining order against Tim Cook’s stalker

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Apple won a temporary restraining order against a man who allegedly stalked and harassed CEO Tim Cook and other company executives.

According to court documents uncovered by OneZero’s Dave Gershgorn, Rakesh “Rocky” Sharma began calling Apple executives and leaving “disturbing” voicemails. That behavior escalated last December when Sharma trespassed onto Cook’s Palo Alto property, attempting to hand-deliver flowers and a bottle of champagne, according to the court documents. Sharma had allegedly entered through “a closed gate without permission.” He trespassed a second time in January in the same way and rang Cook’s doorbell.

The Palo Alto Police Department did not arrest Sharma as he had left the property before they arrived.

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Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Illustration by Ana Kova

When someone downloads a new application, one of the first steps is usually agreeing to the terms of service of that app. That (usually mindless) sign-off creates a contract between the app company and the user. Usually, contracts happen when two parties sit down and agree on terms. But for consumer products like apps, companies are in control.

That’s even true for health apps, which collect sensitive and personal information on their users. These apps collect health data, but often, they are not governed by HIPAA, the law that says health care providers have to keep health information private. Companies developing health apps can unilaterally decide to change their terms of service and might only post the changes to their website or let…

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Hot Wheels announces a remote-controlled Tesla Cybertruck

Image: Mattel

Mattel has announced a Hot Wheels-branded remote-controlled version of Tesla’s Cybertruck. It will come in two sizes and is available to preorder now. There’s a 1:64 scale RC Cybertruck that costs $20 and a much bigger 1:10 scale version that runs for $400. Both are expected to ship in December 2020.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long said that his company would build an electric pickup truck. But as he got closer to revealing the vehicle, he kept teasing that it would have a “futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner design.

Musk delivered (or maybe even overdelivered) on that promise when the Cybertruck was announced in November 2019. The stark steel-clad truck he rolled out onstage was unlike basically any other pickup truck on the road,…

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Hasbro’s first look at animatronic Baby Yoda will steal your heart

There is no one I love more, real or fictional, than Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda, officially known as “The Child,” is The Mandalorian’s breakout star, and toy companies like Hasbro are finally getting the opportunity to sell various officially licensed versions of the character to fans. The most exciting of these offerings is Hasbro’s animatronic Baby Yoda. He moves his tiny head, he moves his tiny hands, and he makes the most adorable tiny noises. There’s even a version of its tiny floating crib that people will be able to buy separately.

Hasbro released a 30-second ad for the animatronic doll ahead of Toy Fair this weekend in New York City (where a line of Baby Yodas will…

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