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Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google's decision to notify law enforcement of a Gmail user sharing indecent photos of children reignited questions around what privacy the company provides, but Google has stepped forward with new details on how, exactly, its monitoring system worked. A Houston man was arrested last week after Google informed police in Texas that he had been sharing child pornography with his Gmail account; that content, Google says now, has a special digital fingerprint which distinguishes it from other materials.

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Microsoft sues Samsung: Pay your Android dues

Microsoft sues Samsung: Pay your Android dues

Samsung could find itself in court again, after Microsoft announced it would sue the South Korean company in the US over unpaid late fees due on tardy smartphone royalties. According to Microsoft, Samsung has flouted the patent deal it agreed to in late 2011, which sees it hand over a fee based on every Android device it sells, and giving the Nokia Devices and Services acquisition as its justification.

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House passes phone unlocking bill, to be renewed in 2015

House passes phone unlocking bill, to be renewed in 2015

Mobile phone users in the US can now breathe another sigh of relief. Soon, it will no longer be a criminal act to have your device unlocked long after your contract with your carrier expired. Following the lead of the Senate, the House unanimously approved the " Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act", which is now just waiting for the President to sign into law.

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Japanese government to enforce piracy law on Anime and Manga

Japanese government to enforce piracy law on Anime and Manga

In 2012, the Japanese government pushed a new law targeting pirates using file sharing; in this legislation, pirated content distributor are to be punished up to ten years in prison while downloading these contents get you two years jail term. Unfortunately, clamping down on pirates is tricky and time-consuming task; on top of that, most Anime or Manga pirate sites are not based in Japan.

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