May 11, 2017 Last Updated 2:53 pm

Media Odds & Ends: The AP takes a look at its behavior in Nazi Germany; iTunes app coming to Windows Store

Researchers are finding plenty of evidence that Russian hackers were behind the hack of the Emmanuel Macron campaign, keeping alive a story that has US implications, as well

It is impossible to compete with the White House right now for pure entertainment, as a result readers tend to get sucked into the show. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ performance today is a good example, all observers could do was to shake their heads at the audacity displayed. It was a virtuoso performance of contradictions and obfuscation.

Meanwhile, the planet still turns, etc. etc.

The Associated Press conducted a review of its operations during the Nazi Germany period just before the start of World War II, looking into claims made in an article by author, historian Harriet Scharnberg.

I think this story is the kind of story not getting much attention simply because, as the cliche is, the oxygen has been taken out of the room by the White House.

Associated Press, David Crary:

AP releases in-depth review of its coverage of Nazi Germany

AP’s review disputed Scharnberg’s conclusion that the news agency was in any way complicit with the Nazi regime during the years 1933-41, when the agency was present in the country. The AP was kicked out of Germany when the United States entered World War II in December 1941.

“We recognize that AP should have done some things differently during this period, for example protesting when AP photos were exploited by the Nazis for propaganda within Germany and refusing to employ German photographers with active political affiliations and loyalties,” the report says.

“However, suggestions that AP at any point sought to help the Nazis or their heinous cause are simply wrong,” it adds.

Another example of this would be stories regarding the hack of the campaign of French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. The fact that the election did not result in a Trump-like upset for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has meant that the story has fallen off the front page.

But in the world of cybersecurity, the story is still very much alive, and the evidence keeps piling up that the Russians were, indeed, to blame for the hack.

Cyberscoop, Patrick Howell O’Neill:

Macron leaks contained phishing links to domains associated with APT28, researchers say

The hacked emails leaked last week from the campaign of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron contain phishing links pointing to domains associated with Fancy Bear, the hacking group also known as APT28, according to the cybersecurity firm Flashpoint.

“Flashpoint’s hypothesis [is] that the Macron leak was undertaken by Fancy Bear based on the contents of the dump itself, as well as the current and historic political environment in which this attack took place,” said Vitali Kremez, research director for Flashpoint. APT28, which has been linked to Russian intelligence agencies, was blamed for hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2016. Researchers have recently linked other high-profile phishing attempts to the group.

This tweet got everyone’s attention:

In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft said Apple will bring the iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. The app is the most searched for app in the store, apparently. (Also, Spotify will be coming the store, as well.)

Of course, the app is pretty clunky, with Mac users hoping Apple would rewrite the app from the ground up. The same could be said for the App Store.

It is possible, I suppose, that by having to write an app for Windows 10, Apple use what they launch into the Windows store for the basis of a new macOS app… maybe.

A reminder, WWDC comes up in June, and it is usually the one time or two Apple uses to make major announcements and previews. The other time is in the fall with the iPhone event.

The Verge, Tom Warren:

Microsoft’s next mobile strategy is to make iOS and Android better

After missing the mobile boat, Microsoft is now trying to sneak onto iOS and Android devices like a stealthy submarine. We’ve seen the company focus on iOS and Android apps before, but at the Build event in Seattle this week the message is clear: Microsoft is finally being realistic…

…The idea is simple: it doesn’t matter what devices you’re using in the Microsoft world as long as one of them is Windows. Microsoft has a number of different tricks to try and make this a reality, and it truly believes it can help make iOS and Android devices better as a result.

And finally, it looks like the big techs are back talking to each other, and letting each other’s products into the various stores.

BuzzFeed is reporting that Apple one of the things it will announced at WWDC is that Amazon Prime Video is coming To Apple TV. In exchange, Amazon will start selling Apple products again inside its online store. Guess that little retail war is over.

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