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Japanese government to enforce piracy law on Anime and Manga

Japanese government to enforce piracy law on Anime and Manga

In 2012, the Japanese government pushed a new law targeting pirates using file sharing; in this legislation, pirated content distributor are to be punished up to ten years in prison while downloading these contents get you two years jail term. Unfortunately, clamping down on pirates is tricky and time-consuming task; on top of that, most Anime or Manga pirate sites are not based in Japan.

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Lyft gives in to demands, starts operations in NYC tonight

Lyft gives in to demands, starts operations in NYC tonight

Lyft has worked out a deal to begin operations in New York City. The deal, which sees the upstart ride hailing company making severe concessions, is effective today. The deal also makes Lyft a little less, well, like Lyft.

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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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Lyft stops NYC launch as Attorney General threatens action

Lyft stops NYC launch as Attorney General threatens action

Lyft, the ridesharing service with the big pink moustache, has delayed their Big Apple launch. The company was set to start giving rides this evening, but an eleventh hour delay is putting those plans off. Had they gone through with their service, it may have turned ugly — and quick.

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US satellite imaging rules now allow high-quality maps

US satellite imaging rules now allow high-quality maps

Soon, you might be able to see that manhole on the road or you neighbor's mailbox across the street in Google or Bing maps. This will all be thanks to the US government lifting the restrictions it imposed on satellite imaging, giving companies like Google and Microsoft the legal leeway to take satellite images with quality higher than they have been previously allowed.

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Intel billion euro fine upheld by EU General Court

Intel billion euro fine upheld by EU General Court

It has been just a bit over 5 years but, like that proverbial elephant, the European Union doesn't forget, even if Intel wished it did. The region's General Court has just confirmed the European Commission's 2009 verdict that could see the chip maker pay as much as €1.06 billion, which, with today's exchange rates, stand at $1.44 billion.

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Facial recognition catches its first criminal in Chicago

Facial recognition catches its first criminal in Chicago

Factions have split over surveillance technology like facial recognition, with some welcoming it and others expressing concern about its use, particularly in light of leaks alleging the NSA is mass collecting images in relation to it. The technology served a valid purpose in recent times, however, leading to the first arrest in Chicago based off of its use.

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“Kill Switch” survives California Senate after all

“Kill Switch” survives California Senate after all

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the “Kill Switch” legislation in California has passed the State Senate. The proposal is expected to go before Governor Jerry Brown for review as early as August. It passed by an overwhelmingly positive vote of 26 to 8.

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Tesla discovers plot to eliminate direct to customer sales in Missouri

Tesla discovers plot to eliminate direct to customer sales in Missouri

A troubling occurrence in Missouri for Tesla fans, as the car maker has unveiled what they consider a subversive plot to stop them from selling direct to customers in that state. According to Tesla, an “extraordinary final-hour maneuver amounts to a sneak attack to thwart due process and hurt consumer freedom in Missouri.” After hours, and off the books, lawmakers may have acted against Tesla and in the interest of tradition.

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UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

Online retailers and digital content providers might soon be facing some rather heavy taxes if Goerge Osborne gets his way. Under a new law that will cover intra-EU business to consumer (B2C) taxation, such services will be taxed based on buyer's location, which in the UK means a 20 percent VAT.

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Woman in Spain convicted for tweets threatening politicians

Woman in Spain convicted for tweets threatening politicians

Internet savvy might be catching up with Spain's political machinery but it may not be in an entirely good way. A 21 year old woman was just convicted by Spain's national court for Twitter posts that it says incited terrorism, particularly against certain politicians.

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Smartphone Kill Switch in California: what’s the point?

Smartphone Kill Switch in California: what’s the point?

This week a piece of legislation is making its way through to the state level in California, a piece of legislation that would mandate a so-called "Kill Switch" for smartphones on every device inside state lines. Of course this legal document isn't about the state wanting to turn off smartphones in waves - instead it's about making the devices less accessible to thieves. This piece of law would have every smartphone manufacturer wanting to sell a device in the state of California legally bound to including a way to cut off service to the device remotely.

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