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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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Dubai police tap Dredd with Google Glass face recognition

Dubai police tap Dredd with Google Glass face recognition

The most tricked-out police force on earth have just gotten an upgrade. Dubai, one of the most quickly expanding cities in modernity have just given their police force the OK to incorporate Google Glass into their daily routine. Their aim? Facial recognition for the masses.

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California ‘kill switch’ law takes effect in 2015, already in use

California ‘kill switch’ law takes effect in 2015, already in use

Though many already have the functionality, California has nonetheless passed a bill that mandates all phones sold in the state have a “kill switch”. The bill states that smartphones or other connected devices must have a method for remotely locking and deleting information from a phone. The bill becomes law on July 1, 2015.

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Kanye West ponders drone crashes and electrocution

Kanye West ponders drone crashes and electrocution

Kanye West, purveyor of crazy/brilliant quips for us all, just came up with another chin-scratcher for you. If a drone falls on a baby, can it electrocute her? West set forth this Socrates-ish query in an assault lawsuit deposition surrounding his alleged battering of an intrusive photog in 2013.

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Google tipped authorities on man’s illegal email content

Google tipped authorities on man’s illegal email content

It is always a reason for rejoicing when technology is applied to bring law offenders to justice, but there is a difference between use and abuse. Google might be treading that very thin line again when it alerted authorities that a certain man's emails contained explicit content of a child, eventually leading to his arrest by Houston police.

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British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

While some welcome the European Union's ruling popularly known as the "right to be forgotten", with some even waiting for a similar implementation in the US, there is, unsurprisingly some dissenting voices even within the Union. A committee from the UK's House of Lords has called out the EU for its new policy, claiming that the Directive on which the ruling was based, as well as the EU Court's interpretation of that directive, is outdated.

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House passes phone unlocking bill, to be renewed in 2015

House passes phone unlocking bill, to be renewed in 2015

Mobile phone users in the US can now breathe another sigh of relief. Soon, it will no longer be a criminal act to have your device unlocked long after your contract with your carrier expired. Following the lead of the Senate, the House unanimously approved the " Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act", which is now just waiting for the President to sign into law.

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