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Today's Tech: Apple blames publishers in eBook antitrust trial and thousands of Iranians are attacked by phishing scam

Google has uncovered a wave of phishing attacks in Iran targeting email accounts in an apparent data-grab on ordinary citizens. The precise source and motive of the campaign is unclear, but Google says the attacks originate from within Iran and may well be linked to the country's presidential election, with polls opening today in the Islamic Republic. Google claims tens of thousands of users have been targeted over a period of three weeks. The scam sees the sender pose as Google itself, encouraging the user to perform some account maintenance via a link. This sends the user to a fake log-in page requiring usernames and passwords, allowing the perpetrators to steal the information entered. Google has said that the spate of attacks represents a "significant jump in the overall volume of phishing activity in the region" and offered advice on how to avoid cyber-attack.

Apple has told a US federal court that the eBook price increases were ordered by the publishers, and that Apple is not to be blamed. Eddy Cue, senior executive of iTunes at Apple, reportedly denied artificially boosting prices of books to hinder popular rivals like Amazon. However, prosecutors have amassed an impressive collection of evidence of alleged collusion, including several email exchanges and over 100 phone calls made between Apple executives and publishers. The US Department of Justice alleges that Apple pressed publishers into adopting an agency model in 2009 and 2010, granting publishers the right to alter prices (a privilege usually held by retailers), while giving Apple a 30 per cent cut. Amazon was forced to follow suit and the result was an inflation of prices for consumers by as much as £2.50 per title. Cue faces another court grilling next week.

Google has donated £1 million to a British child abuse charity after receiving criticism by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently called on search giants to "use their extraordinary technical abilities" to rid the Internet of images of child abuse. The money will be paid over four years to the Internet Watch Foundation, which aims to remove pornographic images and video of children online. The donation represents a big boost over the £12,800 Google gives to the organisation every year - already more than Facebook and Yahoo pay out. The move also comes just days before a meeting between culture secretary Maria Miller and top technology firms like Google, Microsoft and Facebook over proposals to tackle the problem of offensive content, including child pornography and hate speech. The Culture Ministry called the donation "just a first step."

We've barely even had time to digest the recent debutant Lumia 925, but Nokia already appears set to introduce its next flagship handset. The Finnish smartphone manufacturer has fed the interest of the world press after sending out invites for a special event on 11 July, presumed to be the launch of a new Lumia device featuring high-level imaging capabilities similar to those found on the 808 PureView. Recent rumours have focused on a handset dubbed the EOS. It is thought that the device could feature a whopping 41-megapixel PureView camera as well as running the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Nokia has officially declined to comment on device-specific speculation, but leaked photos alleging to show the aluminium chassis of the new Lumia EOS have surfaced in China. Proceedings will centre on New York City and start at 16:00 BST, with the invitation promising that attendees and onlookers will "see more from Nokia" under the cryptic heading of "Zoom. Reinvented."