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Aereo denied license request, but hope remains

Aereo denied license request, but hope remains

Aereo, swept up in a legal battle earlier this year that it ultimately did not win, has been denied a license that would let it operate as a cable company. Aereo had requested this license during the late summer, and was told in August that it needed a court ruling on whether it could continue operations under this special designation. An injunction was put in place against the service today, but as the legal battle winds down towards a close, there is still a ray of hope for the service.

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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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Denon hit with Sonos lawsuit over patent infringement

Denon hit with Sonos lawsuit over patent infringement

If you recall, this past summer Denon revealed its HEOS lineup, something that was obviously poised to compete with better-known Sonos. The latter company didn't fail to notice this, nor has it sat idly by. Yesterday on its blog, Sonos revealed that it has sued the company behind Denon -- D&M Holdings -- for patent infringement with its new HEOS system products. Says Sonos, it isn't "fans of resorting to the courts", and so it is hoping to sort things out amicably.

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Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

The alternate history genre is a popular one, and has been around for as long as humans have been making up stories. Historical figures and events are often used in fictional works that take a creative license when it comes to storylines and depictions. Abraham Lincoln, for example, was never a vampire hunter, but that didn't stop a movie about that idea from being created. This type of creative freedom could be at risk, however, if a former dictator's lawsuit against Activision over his portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops II succeeds.

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Florida rules police need warrant to nab cell location data

Florida rules police need warrant to nab cell location data

Your everyday devices, particularly smartphones, betray aspects of your privacy in many ways, not the least of which is transmitting location information that law enforcement, among others, has regularly used in the pursuit of suspects. Such activity has caused vast outcries about privacy concerns and rights violations, something Florida has taken to heart. In a recent ruling, the state's Supreme Court has decided that police must get a warrant before using cell tower data to get location information on individuals.

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Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Layoffs are nothing new in the tech world, they happen regularly as companies pare down to help maximize profits. A big round of layoffs has now been announced for a company operating out of Mesa, Arizona that provides sapphire glass to Apple for certain products. The company is called GT Advanced Technologies and it filed for bankruptcy protection last week. On Thursday, the manufacturer announced plans for massive layoffs at the factory.

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Comcast sued by the subscriber it got fired

Comcast sued by the subscriber it got fired

Comcast, the company many love to hate, was the subject of a somewhat bizarre customer complaint earlier this month. In case you missed it, the general plot revolves around a comedy of errors in which former subscriber Conal O'Rourke was hit with phantom charges that would not disappear and sent a lot of hardware he did not request. According to O'Rourke, he tried valiantly to have the issues corrected, but after months of effort and lots of promises, nothing was ultimately done about the issues. As a result, the at-the-time customer escalated the issue to the office of the Comcast Controller. Unfortunately for O'Rourke, Comcast decided to escalate the issue, too.

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Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Kids are notorious for saying dumb things, and now that communication has shifted towards a digital medium, those dumb things are often posted for everyone to see. If a new court ruling is any indication, parents may be held responsible for any legally dubious thing their child posts in the future, whether it is a fake threat or very real cyber bullying. Such is the case for two individuals in Georgia, where a court as ruled that they could be held responsible for a fake Facebook page operated by their son.

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Dorian Nakamoto starts legal fund to sue Newsweek

Dorian Nakamoto starts legal fund to sue Newsweek

Bitcoin is the most well known and popular of all the virtual currencies out there, it's also the one worth the most real money. Since bitcoin first hit the market people have been looking for the person who invented the currency. In March of this year, Newsweek published a story claiming that a man named Dorian Nakamoto from California was the founder of bitcoin, a claim that Nakamoto has denied since the story first surfaced.

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Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Flight attendants take FAA to court to reinstate ban on electronics use

Remember how pleased frequent travelers were late last year when the Federal Aviation Administration finally started allowing airline passengers to use their personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing? Well, it turns out there's one group of people who aren't very happy with the change, and are now trying to get the ban on smartphones and tablets put back in place. Flight attendants have taken the FAA to the U.S. Court of Appeals with their main concern being the issue of safety.

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