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Apple-1 computer hand-built by Jobs and Wozniak to be auctioned

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Apple-1, the original Apple computer hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is set to be auctioned in the US on Tuesday.

 

Jobs and Wozniak had built the computer 45 years ago.

 

The functioning Apple-1 is the great-great-grandfather of today’s sleek chrome-and-glass Macbooks.

 

It is expected that the computer will fetch USD 600,000 at the auction in California.

 

The so-called “Chaffey College” Apple-1 is one of only 200 made by Jobs and Wozniak at the very start of the company’s odyssey from garage start-up to megalith worth $2 trillion.

 

The piece to be auctioned is rarer still than most other Apple-1 computers.

 

This one is encased in koa wood, a richly patinated wood native to Hawaii.

 

Only a handful of the original 200 were made in this way.

 

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Jobs and Wozniak mostly sold Apple-1s as component parts.

 

One computer shop that took a delivery of around 50 units decided to encase some of them in wood; the auction house said.

 

“This is kind of the holy grail for vintage electronics and computer tech collectors,” Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen told the Los Angeles Times.

 

“That really makes it exciting for a lot of people.”

 

Auction house John Moran Auctioneers says the device; which comes with a 1986 Panasonic video monitor, has only ever had two owners.

 

“It was originally purchased by an electronics professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, who then sold it to his student in 1977,” a listing on the auction house’s website says.

 

The Los Angeles Times reported the student — who has not been named — paid just $650 for it at the time.

 

That student now stands to make a pretty penny: a working Apple-1 that came to the market in 2014 was sold by Bonhams for more than $900,000.

 

“A lot of people just want to know what kind of a person collects Apple-1 computers and it’s not just people in the tech industry,” Cohen said.

 

Apple raced to success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but floundered after the departure of Jobs and Wozniak.

 

The company was reinvigorated in the late 1990s, and Jobs was brought back into the fold as the chief executive.

 

He oversaw the launch of the iPod, and later the world-changing iPhone; before his death in 2011.

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Daniel Hale Receives International Whistleblower Award for Drone Document Leak

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Daniel Hale, the former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst currently imprisoned for releasing top-secret documents on the government’s drone program, was given an international award for whistleblowing Wednesday. Blueprint for Free Speech, a nonprofit charity based in Australia, gave Hale its international prize, stating that his actions “prompted greater openness from the Obama administration about their drone policy, and greater demands for ongoing accountability to the public.”

Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison in July after pleading guilty to violating a single count of the Espionage Act, a controversial 1917 law often used against individuals who share national security information with the press. Originally intended for foreign spies, the law bars the accused from using their motivations for leaking as a defense. The judge, Liam O’Grady of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, dismissed four other charges against Hale with prejudice.

During Hale’s prosecution, government lawyers, who compared Hale to a heroin dealer and urged the court to deliver the harshest possible sentence, 11 years in prison, strongly implied that Hale was the source of The Intercept’s 2015 series “The Drone Papers.” As a matter of policy, The Intercept does not comment on the identity of its confidential sources.

Prior to his sentencing, Hale submitted a handwritten letter to the court in which he detailed his involvement in drone operations in Afghanistan and Yemen — in addition to the Air Force, Hale was also employed as an intelligence contractor. He wrote that he observed the military routinely label all “military age males” killed in drone strikes as “enemies killed in action,” regardless of what they were doing or whether the government knew their identities.

U.S. drone operations abroad have killed between 9,000 and 17,000 people since 2004, according to an estimate from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, including as many as 2,200 children and multiple U.S. citizens. The organization puts the overall civilian casualty estimate from U.S. strikes worldwide at between 910 and 2,200 individuals.

Hale told the court that he leaked documents on the drone program out of a sense of moral duty. “I am here because I stole something that was never mine to take — precious human life,” he said at his sentencing. “I couldn’t keep living in a world in which people pretend that things weren’t happening that were. Please, your honor, forgive me for taking papers instead of human lives.”

Betsy Reed, editor-in-chief of The Intercept, said in a statement at the time of Hale’s sentencing that the documents Hale was accused of leaking “revealed the truth about the U.S. government’s secretive, murderous drone war, including that the killing of civilians was far more widespread than previously acknowledged.”

Among the Blueprint for Free Speech’s previous award recipients are other past targets of U.S. national security leak prosecutions, including Chelsea Manning and Reality Winner.

Hale, who has personally rejected the “whistleblower” label, is currently incarcerated at USP Marion, a federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, where he has been held in a “Communications Management Unit” since October. Commonly known as CMUs, the highly restrictive units are ostensibly meant to house the most dangerous of individuals and by design cut off virtually all access to the outside world. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, “being sent to a CMU is uniquely stigmatizing because it is described publicly as a terrorist unit.” In October, journalist Kevin Gosztola reported that Hale is “the first person convicted for an unauthorized disclosure of information to the press to be incarcerated in a CMU.”

Last month, Hale’s network of supporters reported that he was poring over a large batch of letters and books and that he was eager to receive “articles and news about anything that’s not foreign policy.” The support group has created a GoFundMe page to “help alleviate the financial duress caused by a decade’s long criminal investigation, prosecution and now, incarceration.” Hale’s expected release date is July, 5, 2024.

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Daniel Hale Receives International Whistleblower Award for Drone Document Leak

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Daniel Hale, the former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst currently imprisoned for releasing top-secret documents on the government’s drone program, was given an international award for whistleblowing Wednesday. Blueprint for Free Speech, a nonprofit charity based in Australia, gave Hale its international prize, stating that his actions “prompted greater openness from the Obama administration about their drone policy, and greater demands for ongoing accountability to the public.”

Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison in July after pleading guilty to violating a single count of the Espionage Act, a controversial 1917 law often used against individuals who share national security information with the press. Originally intended for foreign spies, the law bars the accused from using their motivations for leaking as a defense. The judge, Liam O’Grady of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, dismissed four other charges against Hale with prejudice.

During Hale’s prosecution, government lawyers, who compared Hale to a heroin dealer and urged the court to deliver the harshest possible sentence, 11 years in prison, strongly implied that Hale was the source of The Intercept’s 2015 series “The Drone Papers.” As a matter of policy, The Intercept does not comment on the identity of its confidential sources.

Prior to his sentencing, Hale submitted a handwritten letter to the court in which he detailed his involvement in drone operations in Afghanistan and Yemen — in addition to the Air Force, Hale was also employed as an intelligence contractor. He wrote that he observed the military routinely label all “military age males” killed in drone strikes as “enemies killed in action,” regardless of what they were doing or whether the government knew their identities.

U.S. drone operations abroad have killed between 9,000 and 17,000 people since 2004, according to an estimate from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, including as many as 2,200 children and multiple U.S. citizens. The organization puts the overall civilian casualty estimate from U.S. strikes worldwide at between 910 and 2,200 individuals.

Hale told the court that he leaked documents on the drone program out of a sense of moral duty. “I am here because I stole something that was never mine to take — precious human life,” he said at his sentencing. “I couldn’t keep living in a world in which people pretend that things weren’t happening that were. Please, your honor, forgive me for taking papers instead of human lives.”

Betsy Reed, editor-in-chief of The Intercept, said in a statement at the time of Hale’s sentencing that the documents Hale was accused of leaking “revealed the truth about the U.S. government’s secretive, murderous drone war, including that the killing of civilians was far more widespread than previously acknowledged.”

Among the Blueprint for Free Speech’s previous award recipients are other past targets of U.S. national security leak prosecutions, including Chelsea Manning and Reality Winner.

Hale, who has personally rejected the “whistleblower” label, is currently incarcerated at USP Marion, a federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, where he has been held in a “Communications Management Unit” since October. Commonly known as CMUs, the highly restrictive units are ostensibly meant to house the most dangerous of individuals and by design cut off virtually all access to the outside world. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, “being sent to a CMU is uniquely stigmatizing because it is described publicly as a terrorist unit.” In October, journalist Kevin Gosztola reported that Hale is “the first person convicted for an unauthorized disclosure of information to the press to be incarcerated in a CMU.”

Last month, Hale’s network of supporters reported that he was poring over a large batch of letters and books and that he was eager to receive “articles and news about anything that’s not foreign policy.” The support group has created a GoFundMe page to “help alleviate the financial duress caused by a decade’s long criminal investigation, prosecution and now, incarceration.” Hale’s expected release date is July, 5, 2024.

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Facebook’s head of Messenger leaving company in 2022 as executive exodus continues

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Facebook’s executive exodus continued on Tuesday with Stan Chudnovsky; the head of the company’s Messenger division, announcing that he will be leaving in 2022.

 

Facebook, now called Meta, has dealt with a wave of high-profile executive exits this year.

 

The company faces increased regulatory scrutiny and a major public relations challenge following the release of internal documents and news reports illustrating how much Facebook knows about the harms caused by its services.

 

Deborah Liu, formerly the head of Facebook Marketplace, left in February to become CEO of Ancestry.com.

 

David Fischer, who was chief revenue officer, announced his departure in March; as did Kevin Weil, one of the co-founders of Facebook’s Novi cryptocurrency division.

 

The company’s former ads chief, Carolyn Everson; announced she would be leaving in June and later went to grocery delivery app Instacart as president.

 

Fidji Simo, who was head of the Facebook app, became CEO of Instacart after leaving Facebook in July.

 

Mark D’Arcy stepped down from his role as chief creative officer in August, and the next month Facebook’s technology chief Mike Schroepfer said he would be leaving the company.

 

In November, David Marcus; the head of Facebook’s cryptocurrency efforts and previously the head of Messenger, announced his coming departure at the end of the year.

 

Earlier Tuesday morning, the head of Facebook’s Workplace enterprise communications software Julien Codorniouannounced that; he had left the company to go into venture capital.

 

Chudnovsky’s departure announcement comes one week after that of Marcus; both of whom came worked on Messenger after working together at PayPal.

 

The two are very close, according to another former Facebook executive.

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“I love this company and this team, and as a result, making this call turned out to be one of the hardest decisions in my life;” Chudnovsky said. “I have no plans to retire; but I am looking forward to taking a good, many months long break, spending more time with my friends, helping companies, helping people, traveling, reading, exploring, and learning.”

Chudnovsky took over Messenger from Marcus in May 2018.

 

He joined Facebook in 2015 as head of product for the Messenger unit.

 

Chudnovsky said he will stay at Facebook until the second quarter of 2022.

 

He will be replaced by two executives.

 

Loredana Crisan will take over Chudnovsky’s responsibilities over Messenger, Instagram direct messaging and Messenger Kids while Maher Saba will lead Facebook’s remote presence products; which include audio calling, video calling and the Facebook’s Rooms 50-person video calling product.

 

“I wouldn’t feel comfortable even thinking about leaving; if I didn’t have many amazingly talented leaders on my team who are ready to step up,” Chudnovsky said in a post.

 

 

Chudnovsky’s exit from the company was first reported by Bloomberg.

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