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Mobile Roaming Charge ban drafted by EU commission

Mobile Roaming Charge ban drafted by EU commission

It would appear that the European commission has decided that it's not good for the greater cross-section of the public for roaming charges to exist - so says a leaked draft of legislation shown off this week. This information comes from the Guardian where they say they've got their hands on this proposed bit of law that'll have Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, continue to speak out against roaming charges from mobile companies across the EU.

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Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

A New Jersey appeals court has found true an interesting set of conclusions this month in going over a case involving a car wreck from 2009. In this case, the driver of a vehicle in Mine Hill Township, New Jersey, was texting and driving when he hit a motorcycle carrying Linda and David Kubert - who both subsequently lost their legs as a result of the crash. The Kuberts settled their case against Best, continuing then to sue Shannon Colonna - the person on the other end of the phone.

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Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

This afternoon Apple has been denied the right to suspend the verdict handed down in its defense against charges of conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books. At the moment this means that Apple is sentenced to terminate current agency agreements with publishers and hold off any multimedia agreements that could in any way increase overall market prices on e-books for the next five years.

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Ford sued over defective MyFord Touch infotainment systems

Ford sued over defective MyFord Touch infotainment systems

Ford's advanced MyFord Touch infotainment systems are the focus of a new class-action lawsuit that's been filed, noting that they're defective and don't work as advertised. The lawsuit also states that Ford knew that the infotainment system had issues, but sent them out to the public anyway without telling customers.

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National park on Moon proposed by legislators

National park on Moon proposed by legislators

National parks are quite abundant here on Earth. They're full of wildlife, plants, trees, mountains, lakes, and pretty much anything else you can think of that deals with nature. However, lawmakers are looking to take the national park movement to the Moon in order preserve the Apollo equipment that still remains on the surface.

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RIAA cutting file-sharer fine in exchange for anti-piracy campaign

RIAA cutting file-sharer fine in exchange for anti-piracy campaign

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is no stranger to laying down the law on those who illegal download copyrighted content, but a recent case has an interesting settlement attached. The RIAA is giving infamous file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset the choice to represent an anti-piracy campaign in exchange for a lower fine.

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Apple iWatch trademark war ahead

Apple iWatch trademark war ahead

After filing for a trademark for "iWatch" in several countries, including Japan, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey, Apple may have a bit more trouble filing for the same trademark in other countries such as the US, UK, and China, mostly because "iWatch" has already been trademarked in these countries.

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Apple sued by Boston University over semiconductor patent infringement

Apple sued by Boston University over semiconductor patent infringement

In what is probably the most interesting patent lawsuit we've seen in a while. Boston University is suing Apple over claims that the company is infringing on a patent that the university obtained in 1997 dealing with a method of making thin and compact semiconductors that can produce blue lasers on the cheap.

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Tesla White House petition to allow direct sales passes signature threshold

Tesla White House petition to allow direct sales passes signature threshold

Tesla Motors has been in a constant battle with state governments over whether or not the car company can sell its vehicles directly to customers rather than going through a middle man (a.k.a. car dealerships). However, a White House petition recently surpassed the required 100,000 signatures, and it asks the US government to allow Tesla direct sales in all 50 US states.

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Tesla direct sales ban possibly hitting New York

Tesla direct sales ban possibly hitting New York

Following other states in the US, New York is looking to ban direct auto sales in the state, which would prevent Tesla from selling their cars directly in yet another region in the US. It seems New York lawmakers are attempting to quietly get the bill passed through without a lot of attention, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is already aware of it.

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Google Street View data collection gets UK deletion order

Google Street View data collection gets UK deletion order

It's been a year since UK officials re-opened the privacy case involving Google and its Street View mapping feature, and the Information Commissioner's Office is letting Google off the hook as long as they delete any remaining data within the next 35 days. However, failing to do so could result in legal action.

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Social media in the dock: UK revamps offensive comment policy

Social media in the dock: UK revamps offensive comment policy

The UK's head of public prosecutions has issued new guidelines for cases involving social media, a contentious area which has seen users of Twitter, Facebook, and other networks prosecuted for offensive or threatening messages in the past years. The new guidelines, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC says, aim to cut the threat of "the potential chilling effect" of social media users being afraid of speaking their mind for fear of running the risk of arrest, while still giving law enforcement the power to stop those harassing, stalking, or threatening others, or publishing (or retweeting) grossly offensive or obscene messages.

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