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Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

If you haven't heard yet, there's a global recall for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It seems the batteries have a high probability of exploding. If have heard about this issue, along with the ensuing news about the Note 7 being prohibited from use on an airplane, or an explosion causing a car fire, then you know it's just a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against Samsung. Well, that time has arrived.

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Chicago considers banning autonomous cars

Chicago considers banning autonomous cars

Uber recently kicked off its real-world autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh, and Chicago is scrambling to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen in its own city. Mere hours after Uber started its Pittsburgh testing, municipal councilmen Anthony Beale and Ed Burke made an ordinance proposal that would ban self-driving vehicles from operating on its own roads. Such a ban would prevent Uber from setting its self-driving cars loose in Chicago, or at the least enable the city to fine the company if it does so anyway.

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Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland is in big trouble with the European Commission (EC) over tax breaks that it gave Apple to lure the tech giant to set up shop in the country. According to the EC, the tax breaks that Ireland gave to Apple are worth up to €13 billion or $14,518,205,000 in USD to be exact. The EC says that tax breaks of this sort are illegal under EU state rules.

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Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

While Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014 was met with concerns over individuals' privacy, the social network has done a good job since then of leaving the messaging as is and keeping it independent. That all changed last week when WhatsApp's new terms-of-service stated that user data would now be shared with Facebook. Unsurprisingly, this has caused outrage, and now a number of privacy advocates and watchdogs are filing complaints.

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Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Google's antitrust headaches in Europe now seem to be spreading into Russia. The country's anti-monopoly regulator has fined the internet giant for $6.75 million over the requirement that manufacturers of Android-powered devices pre-install Google's own apps. The Russian Federation Antimonopoly Service (FAS)'s investigation was triggered after Yandex, the country's largest search engine, filed a complaint last year that Google was abusing its power and being anti-competitive.

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Apple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for now

Apple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for now

Apple almost needed to pay VirnetX, a patent holding company, $625.6 million, a lot more than what it is demanding from Samsung over patent infringement. It seems, however, that the stars are aligning in Apple's favor. At least for now. Tyler, Texas District Judge Robert Schroeder overturned an earlier verdict awarding VirnetX that lump sum on the grounds of an unfair trial. However, Apple isn't exactly in the clear yet, as the judge did order two separate retrials, where Apple could still come out with a hefty fine.

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CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

The Centers for Disease Control have issued a warning for the Wynwood arts district in Miami, an area of the city where fourteen cases of zika virus have surfaced. The CDC advises pregnant women to avoid traveling in that area, and advises those who have visited the district since the middle of June to avoid getting pregnant for a minimum of two months. As well, pregnant women in Wynwood and those who have visited are being advised to get tested to see if they’re infected with the zika virus.

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Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol has announced the arrest of the alleged ringleader behind a global online scam network, the agency has announced. The work was done in conjunction with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission, and involved the arrest of a 40-year-old Nigerian who went by the name of ‘Mike.’ According to Interpol, this individual is believed to be behind scams that total more than $60 million and involve compromised email accounts from around the world.

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Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Way back in 2012, Facebook was hit with a lawsuit over real-world currency children had spent playing games on the social network. The issue revolved around Facebook Credits, which gamers could buy using a credit card; the currency, then, would be used to buy virtual goods of one sort or another in Facebook games. This quickly became an issue as kids charged huge bills on their parents' bank accounts without realizing what they were doing. The issue has dragged on in various legal matters since, and now a judge has ruled that Facebook must refund parents.

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Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in China, claiming the latter company has violated half a dozen of its patents. The exact patents allegedly infringement upon haven’t been revealed at this time, nor it is clear how many courts received documents from Samsung, though it reportedly sued the company in multiple Chinese courts. The lawsuits were filed a couple weeks ago.

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EFF sues US government on how DMCA threatens security research

EFF sues US government on how DMCA threatens security research

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA has been one of the most debated laws affecting the tech industry. While the intention to protecty copyright in this modern age is commendable, the DMCA has often been waved around by giant companies, like record labels, as a threat to those who make even the slightest error in using, say, music in a YouTube video. That law happens to also impose restrictions in security research, which digital rights advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF is now challenging by suing the US government.

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AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California having to do with how the AppleCare+ warranty operates. The suit was filed on Wednesday of this week and argues that Apple isn't meeting the contract that comes with an AppleCare+ warranty. Specifically the suit claims that devices that are replaced under warranty with refurbished replacements don’t meet a specifically clause in the contract.

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