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Cox Communications sued by music publishers

Cox Communications sued by music publishers

Cox Communications is one of the largest cable and internet providers in the country. Cox has found itself in the middle of a legal battle with a pair of music publishers after Cox refused to disconnect persistent music pirates. Rightscorp is involved in the case and claims that ISPs lose safe harbor protections if they fail to take action against users on their service that repeatedly violate copyright law.

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Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Europe has passed a ruling calling for Google to be broken up, among other things, with politicians concerned that huge, dominant firms like the Silicon Valley giant could end up abusing their position. The vote today at the European Parliament focused on how search functionality should be unbundled from other commercial services, in an effort to reduce the potential of access being abused. While Google wasn't specifically singled out by name, the search giant is nonetheless top of the hit-list given it's responsible for around 90-percent of all queries by European web users.

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Takata airbag fight escalates as feds set ultimatum

Takata airbag fight escalates as feds set ultimatum

The fall-out from the Takata airbag recall continues to intensify, with US federal safety regulators giving the Japanese company a deadline to take responsibility for the flawed safety tech and agree to a national replacement program. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had told Takata earlier this month that it wanted all cars in the US fitted with the potentially dangerous airbags to be recalled, but the parts firm has held off from complying, likely because of the associated cost and legal liabilities for the millions of vehicles that would impact. Now, the NHTSA is putting its foot down.

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Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung has shown it's not afraid to chase big legal injunctions when it believes its patents are at stake, and now it's NVIDIA facing a US sales block at the hands of the South Korean firm. A complaint filed on Friday asks the US International Trade Commission to shut down sales of NVIDIA's graphics chips, alleging they infringe Samsung's own intellectual property. As with Apple, however, Samsung didn't actually pull the trigger first: it was NVIDIA which kicked off this particular war.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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US Marshals to sell off more Silk Road Bitcoins at auction

US Marshals to sell off more Silk Road Bitcoins at auction

Silk Road was a website where all sorts of illegal and illicit items could be purchased. To keep the buyers and sellers from being tracked, many of the purchases on the site were made using Bitcoins. When the site owner was captured and his personal stash of Bitcoins confiscated, there was a huge amount of money to be made. Last January prosecutors and Ross Ulbricht agreed that the US Marshals could sell Bitcoins found on computer gear Ulbricht owned.

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Gameloft branch raided by police over gambling rumor

Gameloft branch raided by police over gambling rumor

Gameloft, maker of all sorts of mobile games, had its branch in Indonesia raided by police recently over what was apparently a misunderstanding about what, exactly, game developers do. That raid is said to have happened this past Monday, and was due to residents in the region telling law enforcement the studio was actually a secret "online gambling den." Undercover officers tried to force their way into the building, reportedly punching a security guard in the face, before getting a warrant and returning later.

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Apple iMessage switch under legal fire

Apple iMessage switch under legal fire

It was realized several years ago that iMessage users were in a bit of a bind if they ever wished to switch to a non-Apple smartphone. Once you used iMessage with your phone number to accept messages, you were sort of stuck there. You couldn't switch to an Android phone, for example, and expect to keep getting messages - iMessage continued to get said messages, even if you weren't using iMessage. Apple released a tool to fix this - you can now de-register numbers from iMessage. Apparently they did not release said tool fast enough, as Judge Lucy Koh is on the case.

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GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

General Motors has been swamped in vehicle recalls covering a lot of different problems, most notable among them being issues with faulty ignition switches. According to some recent emails that leaked, GM pushed out an urgent order for 500,000 replacement switches almost two months before it notified the relevant regulators and general public of the potentially fatal defect. The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed emails pertaining to the matter. There have been 30 deaths linked to the faulty switches.

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