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VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

Volkswagen has agreed a nearly $15bn fund to cover the majority of dieselgate complaints in the US, offering to buy back or repair emissions-cheating cars, plus throw in a cash bonus. It's been a complicated path to this point, and it's not all settled yet - today's settlement only covers the 2.0-liter TDI engine, which is not the only powerplant in VW's line-up accused of misleading in emissions tests - but it's big news for almost half a million US owners.

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Microsoft pays $10k judgement over forced Windows 10 update

Microsoft pays $10k judgement over forced Windows 10 update

Microsoft has paid a $10,000 judgement to Windows user Teri Goldstein, who sued the company after an authorized Windows 10 update allegedly wrecked havoc on her computer, causing issues that, according to Goldstein, ultimately hampered her travel agency business. Microsoft has been heavily criticized for pushing Windows 10 onto users, often in sneaky or unauthorized ways; though it has paid the judgement, the company still maintains that it did nothing wrong.

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Self-driving car tech is easy: Autonomous morals are the killer

Self-driving car tech is easy: Autonomous morals are the killer

Your self-driving car is running a smooth 50 mph when a kid chases its ball into the road. Swerve, and the kid is safe but your car will crash; keep going, and there's a good chance of running them over. With a split-second to react - not enough to push responsibility back over to whoever is inside the vehicle - what should the AI in charge do?

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Huge $10.2bn VW payout to settle US dieselgate tipped [Update]

Huge $10.2bn VW payout to settle US dieselgate tipped [Update]

Volkswagen will pay owners of diesel cars with emissions test-cheating engines up to $7,000 compensation as part of a $10.2bn settlement scheme, insiders say of the ongoing legal suit. The deal, yet to be made public but details of which have leaked to the Associated Press today, will apparently see Volkswagen offer to buy back affected cars or, alternatively, repair them, in addition to the compensation amount.

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US Supreme Court ruling puts patent trolls on notice

US Supreme Court ruling puts patent trolls on notice

Software and tech companies might have just scored a victory in their almost never ending battle against patent trolls and their often frivolous patent claims. The US Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that upheld a new government process that allowed challenges to the validity of patents to be held before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) instead of a federal court, significantly cutting down on trial costs. The process has been largely hailed by companies like Google and Apple in aiding them in fending off patent trolls.

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No Man’s Sky wins legal battle over name with Sky TV

No Man’s Sky wins legal battle over name with Sky TV

If legal battles where corporations try to prevent anything from sharing even a single word with their name seem ridiculous to you, prepare for a huge eye-roll. It turns out the highly anticipated space exploration game No Man's Sky was in danger of dealing with a last-minute name change. Why? The developer has been engaged in a 3-year legal battle with Sky TV, the UK television broadcaster, which apparently owns the word "sky."

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Twitch files lawsuit against seven alleged viewbot sellers

Twitch files lawsuit against seven alleged viewbot sellers

This evening, Twitch’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Matthew DiPietro tackled the issue of ‘viewerbots,’ bots that are designed to make it look like a channel is getting more viewers than it is, as well as other bots that artificially inflate chat activity and follower count. “We take this situation very seriously,” he said, “and would like you to know what we’re doing about it."

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Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Following his guilty plea almost a year ago, Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King," was given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence this week. The hacker is known for plaguing Facebook users with over 27 million spam messages, in addition to collecting the log-in credentials of more than 500,000 people. While that punishment might seem a bit light considering the depth of Wallace's operation, he has also been ordered to pay some $310,000 in fines.

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Thieves walk out of an Apple Store with 19 iPhones during store hours

Thieves walk out of an Apple Store with 19 iPhones during store hours

If you're confident and act as though you belong somewhere, chances are that few people will question your presence. And as a pair of thieves recently learned, it helps if you're dressed appropriately. At the SoHo Apple store, two people were able to simply walk in, and take 19 iPhones from a drawer, and walk out as if nothing happened, just because they were confident and dressed the part.

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Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

New Yorkers have been writing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over alleged slow download speeds on Time Warner Cable, and those complaints have prompted the AG to fire off a letter to Charter, the company that recently finalized its TWC acquisition. In the letter, Schneiderman presses Charter to fix Time Warner Cable’s ‘abysmal’ performance, citing numerous complaints about lower-than-advertised download speeds.

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UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

Apple may have scored somewhat of a victory in the name of security and privacy in the UK just as it somewhat did in the US just recently. December last year, Apple voiced out its concerns over the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that would require companies to have backdoors to encrypted systems so that government access could be granted any time. That bill has now been passed by the UK's House of Commons but removes the sections that make such backdoors necessary, thanks partly to the opposition of companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others.

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FBI tipped to be making powerful ‘tattoo recognition technology’

FBI tipped to be making powerful ‘tattoo recognition technology’

Before getting my first tattoo, I joked that I was about to make any potential future as a fugitive from the law a lot harder. Tattoos, even trendy ones picked from the same book used by hundreds of other people, can be highly personal -- not just in what it means to a person, but in how much it helps identify that individual. Even small elements can say quite a bit about the person who got it, and the FBI is reportedly developing a technology that can exploit these unspoken cues.

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