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Torrents Time gets cease-and-desist letter from anti-piracy group

Torrents Time gets cease-and-desist letter from anti-piracy group

Just earlier today I was writing about an interesting new way to stream perfectly legal content. Torrents Time is a new plug-in that will allow you to take any (legal and not pirated) torrent, and stream it straight to your browser. That's pretty cool, right? Well, it seems that an anti-piracy group has taken offense to the new startup, and issued a cease-and-desist letter to the founders of Torrents Time.

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India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

Last year, Facebook launched their “Free Basics” program in India, which promised to bring free internet to all the citizens of the country. On the surface, that seems like a great and noble move. Unfortunately, not all was as it seemed, which is why in December, the country moved to ban the service. Facebook has been fighting hard ever since, but that battle appears to have come to a close.

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Apple discourages SC from hearing Samsung’s patent review case

Apple discourages SC from hearing Samsung’s patent review case

Apple has finally and formally reacted to Samsung's attempt to bring the patent tug of war between the two companies to the US Supreme Court. In an opposition brief filed by Apple's lawyers, Cupertino tries to dissuade the court from even giving Samsung's case the time of day. It's main argument is that despite the seemingly high-profile nature of the case and the half a dozen or so amici briefs filed in support, the matter is "legally unexceptional". Apple, however, might be facing a more difficult time proving that.

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Take-Two sued for including tattoos in NBA video game

Take-Two sued for including tattoos in NBA video game

On the more absurd end of the copyright infringement spectrum lies a new lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software, the distributor of video game NBA 2K16. According to the lawsuit, Take-Two has infringed on the copyright of eight tattoo designs by depicting them on LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, both of whom, you know, have the designs tattooed on their bodies. The complaint was filed by Solid Oak Sketches LLC.

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New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

Hoverboards: some of them have been catching fire, and many companies have banned them all as a result, doing so out of safety concerns. In a statement today, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) announced that hoverboards are most certainly banned from the New York City Subway, as well as NYC’s buses, the Metro-North, Long Island Raid Road, Staten Island Railway, and the Access-A-Ride.

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Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Google revenues and profits for their mobile operating system Android have been revealed In an ongoing Oracle vs Google court case over Java software licensing. The numbers come from documents which Google lawyers have argued should have remained private - an Oracle lawyer spoke the figures aloud in court this month. An analysis of Google financial information was disclosed on the 14th of January, 2016, and on the 20th, Google called for sections of the transcript of the hearing to be redacted.

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Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

In a court case that seems to have been going on since the dawn of time, Apple and Samsung remain at legal war with one another. As a result of that case - the same one we've been talking about for several years - Apple has won an injunction to block the sales of several Samsung phones. Lucky for Samsung, the lot of these phones are... essentially out of rotation. There's almost no possible way you'd be buying these phones in a store today anyway, and if you were, it probably wouldn't be direct from Samsung.

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Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Lawsuit accuses Twitter of indirectly supporting ISIS

Twitter has been sued by Floridian Tamara Fields, the widow of Lloyd Fields, an American who was killed in an ISIS attack in Jordan last year. The lawsuit accuses Twitter of letting ISIS use its platform for attracting new recruits, disseminating propaganda, and raising funds. According to Fields’ lawyer, this may be the first time a social media company has been accused of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, a federal law.

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Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Legal cases usually take years because of appeal after appeal. But when they reach the highest court of the land, judgment is, more often than not, really final. That might be the case here with Facebook's ongoing, and now probably over, tussle in German courts over its Friend Finder feature. Now that the country's highest court, the Federal Court of Justice, has declared it illegal, there isn't much left for Facebook to do except to recoup its losses and to move forward. Without that feature in Germany, that is.

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This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

The US government aims to spend almost $4bn on autonomous driving in the next decade, pushing real-world trials that put computerized cars on roads. The investment was announced by US Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx at a speech at the North American International Auto Show today, and came after US President Obama discussed wide-ranging support for self-driving vehicles in his State of the Union speech earlier this week.

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