Russia Update: MP Calls for iPhone Ban for Parliamentarians; Steve Jobs Statue to be Auctioned

December 2, 2014
Statue commemorating Steve Jobs and his invention, the iPhone, in a university courtyard in St. Petersburg. The statute was removed by an intolerant university rector after Apple CEO Tim Cook declared that he was gay, amid fears also of NSA surveillance. Photo by NBC.

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A Russian MP has called for banning iPhones for use by parliamentarians, and a once-revered statute of Steve Jobs in St. Petersburg is now being auctioned off because of anti-gay sentiment and fears of NSA surveillance.

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