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EFF fights to keep jailbreaking legal, petitions US Copyright Office

EFF fights to keep jailbreaking legal, petitions US Copyright Office

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is continuing to make its best efforts at ensuring the act of jailbreaking devices like smartphones and tablets remains a legal act. The organization said this week that it has filed a petition with the U.S. Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office, arguing that jailbreaking is not a crime, and that it should not be seen as a violation of the U.S.'s Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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7 Colorado towns vote to take Internet back

7 Colorado towns vote to take Internet back

In the ongoing conversation about an open Internet, the main topic of discussion is about pipelines. Some would like the Internet to remain as-is, while some others want there to be a paid and free service; tiered Internet, so to speak. In Colorado this week, citizens took back their right to have Internet as they choose, just in a different way. A previously implemented ban on community broadband service was overturned, as a majority of voters want their Internet back.

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Google “wins” Springer news tussle by complying with the law

Google “wins” Springer news tussle by complying with the law

In a somewhat amusing turn of events, Google has just emerged victorious in what could have been a major battle over licensing fees with Axel Springer, Germany's biggest news publisher. Axel Springer reinstated the tech company's ability to publish both headlines and snippets of news, citing plummeting Internet traffic after it revoked those rights for a two week experiment. The almost ironic thing is that Google practically "won" this issue not by fighting for it in court or in media but by actually complying with the new German law.

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‘Google tax’ approved in Spain, search engines must pay news publishers

‘Google tax’ approved in Spain, search engines must pay news publishers

Spain is now among the growing number of European countries to pass intellectual property laws that labels search engines and news aggregators, such as Google News, as infringing on copyrights when they link to news stories. The Spanish parliament approved new laws on Thursday, to go into effect on January 1st, 2015, allowing news publishers to charge a fee each time search engines display their content in search results.

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Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software

Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software

A 20-week study in London just completed this week utilized predictive software to spot potential gang-related crimes before they happen. Using software developed by Accenture, this project targeted individuals across all known gangs in each of London's 32 boroughs. "Our goal," said James Slessor, Managing Director of Accenture's policing and public safety business, "was to provide MPS with an unprecedented level of insight and intelligence to help them continue to reduce gang-related crimes in the city." With analytics information in hand, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was able to assess the likelihood of known individuals re-offending.

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NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed on Friday that all 35,000 of the city's police officers were going to be issued smartphones as part of a $160 million technology initiative. While it wasn't officially stated, a glimpse at some of the devices, which also includes 6,000 tablets to be installed in police vehicles, seems to indicate that Windows will be operating system flavor.

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This fingerprint VAMPIRE could make CSI real

This fingerprint VAMPIRE could make CSI real

Police could one day be taking a vampire on patrol, with a new portable forensics lab promising CSI-style analysis of fingerprints on the scene. The gadget, dubbed VAMPIRE by makers Booz Allen, the handheld can not only scan fingerprint images directly from the surface they've been left on - rather than requiring a trained technician to lift them first - but digitize them and compare them to a watch list of potential suspects, all without leaving the location of the crime.

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Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

A successful lawsuit filed by Red Bull enthusiast Benjamin Careathers has taken hold this week. Careathers filed a claim with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York back in 2013, suggesting that Red Bull does not actually give you energy in any way different from a common cup of coffee. Because of this, Red Bull has been accused of false advertising. Because of this, Red Bull has settled for $13 million dollars - of which you may be entitled to $10 USD.

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