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Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Following news that Denmark arrested two men who operated websites with guides on using Popcorn Time, other bad news related to the piracy software has surfaced, this time relating to some users in the U.S. The makers behind The Cobbler have filed a lawsuit against 11 Popcorn Time users, alleging they used the software to watch the 2014 comedy. The complaint was recently filed in the Oregon District Court, and it seeks to have Comcast reveal the identities of the eleven users behind the nabbed IP addresses.

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Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Denmark has taken one of the harshest stances against Popcorn Time thus far, arresting two individuals alleged to have operated two websites offering guides on the piracy software. Both domains have also been seized by the local authorities. Both men, who haven’t been named, are said to be in their thirties, and to have operated the Popcorn-time.dk and Popcorntime.dk websites. Neither websites offered links to download the software, causing controversy among Internet goers.

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California DAs: Uber background checks didn’t find criminal records

California DAs: Uber background checks didn’t find criminal records

A pair of California district attorneys have alleged that Uber’s background checks failed to find the criminal records of 25 drivers operating in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The claims have been added to a civil suit that was first filed in December by both cities’ district attorneys. Uber is accused of continually misleading its customers about the level of background checks its drivers undergo. It is also being claimed that Uber representatives keep changing their details about the type of screening Uber performs.

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FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

The FCC doesn’t take kindly to jamming activities of any sort, including the kind that block personal hotspots. The commission announced today that it is fining Smart City Holdings, LLC $750,000 USD for blocking hotspots at convention centers. Smart City provides Internet service at convention centers throughout the U.S. for what the FCC calls “substantial fees”. It, as others before it, deployed technology that blocked mobile hotspots, forcing visitors to pay for Smart City’s own Wi-Fi service rather than using their own personal data connections.

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AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and the NSA have worked hand in hand to install a vast internet monitoring system, with the telecoms firm aiding spies in wiretapping the United Nations. Although it's been well known for some time that all of the telecommunications firms are obliged to work with the National Security Agency (NSA) on internet monitoring, courtesy of a number of legal requirements, the scale to which AT&T was in bed with the government has not been realized until now.

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Ruling ushers in age of reason: downloaders fined cost of movie

Ruling ushers in age of reason: downloaders fined cost of movie

Get caught downloading a movie illegally and you might be sent a nastygram demanding a very large sum of money from the studio behind the film. Movie studios allege damages and all sorts of other nonsense to extort large sums of money from someone who has pirated a movie -- figures that greatly eclipse the actual cost of the film. A new legal case in Australia may set the precedent that changes that, however. It seems the pirates will simply pay the amount they'd have spent to buy the movie: $12.98.

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FAA details upswing in close calls between drones, airplanes

FAA details upswing in close calls between drones, airplanes

The FAA has announced the instances of close calls between drones and airplanes has increased drastically over recent months. According to the administration, pilots have reported in excess of 650 close calls with drones up through August 9, a big jump over last year’s 238 reports. Drone use near airports, airplanes, and helicopters is forbidden and extremely dangerous. That hasn’t stopped operators from carelessly flying near them, and the FAA has warned that it isn’t going easy in such cases — operators could face jail time for flying near planes.

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Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Google has rejected France's calls for the "right to be forgotten" program to be applied worldwide, risking the wrath of the European Union in the process. The French data protection regulator, CNIL, had issued Google with a formal notice in June demanding that any links ousted from Google's European search sites under the program should also be delisted from indexes globally. That, Google argues, is a path with potentially dangerous implications.

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California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

It seems several instances recently of private drones preventing firefighters from dealing with California forest fires have frustrated authorities enough that they're issuing rewards for information on the pilots. San Bernardino County officials are now offering $75,000 in total to catch the drone pilots involved in obstructing three different fires — $25,000 for each incident. The drones not only got in the way of firefighters' aerial efforts, but actually delayed their response in stopping the fire, in turn causing more damage.

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Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Facebook's policy of forcing users to use their real names on the social network has been under fire for some time now from privacy advocates and those in the LGBT community who feel discriminated against. But now a privacy watchdog in Germany has said that is unacceptable in the country, and ordered Facebook to begin allowing users under pseudonyms. The Hamburg data protection authority ruled that the network's real name policy is in violation of Germany's privacy laws.

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AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

Last month AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine from the FCC due to its erstwhile data throttling plan (which hadn’t won it any favors with subscribers). The problem with the throttling was where AT&T chose to apply it: to “unlimited data” plans, which, per their name, should not be subjected to data limitations. AT&T doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer, and it has made it clear it doesn’t want the remaining grandfathered plans to remain. As such, the wireless carrier is now pushing back against the FCC.

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Counterfeit iPhone makers busted by police in China

Counterfeit iPhone makers busted by police in China

Chinese authorities recently revealed details about the bust of a factory responsible for producing counterfeit iPhones. While this kind of thing happens all the time, and with all kinds of products, in China, the news is interesting in how many fakes they were making compared to their relatively small size. According to a report from Reuters, when the Chinese police shut down the operation, they had made over 41,000 knock-off iPhones which were valued at 120 million yuan, or roughly $19.3 million.

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