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Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

A Department of Justice lawsuit filed this week seeks to force Facebook’s hand in a battle against the IRS and the allegations it has made about Facebook’s tax records. According to the IRS, the social network may have skirted paying taxes on billions of dollars by understating the value of some of its IP that was transferred to Ireland. The DoJ’s lawsuit, which was filed this past Wednesday in California, aims to make Facebook turn over documents as part of the tax investigation.

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Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years by US regulators

Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years by US regulators

Over the last year, blood-testing startup Theranos has fallen from its position as a rising star in Silicon Valley. The company has become the subject of several federal investigations, been accused of false advertising and unreliable test results, and found to be operating without FDA approval, all following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal eight months ago over recurring irregularities. Now Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been federally banned from running a US lab for the next two years.

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China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China's ever-present grip on the Internet and everything related to it just got a little tighter. In an effort to crackdown on popular media, mobile game developers must get their games pre-approved by the Chinese government before launching them in the nation. The rule went into effect today, though it was first announced in early June. To avoid running afoul of the new regulations, developers must submit their games to China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television, more commonly called “SAPPRFT," at least 20 days before launch.

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This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

So you're a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI owner - or you used to be - and your big question this morning is "how much is VW going to pay for my car?" The ink is hardly dry on the proposed settlement between the emissions-test-cheating German automaker, regulators in the US, and a suit brought by drivers themselves, but already we have a good idea of what your diesel is worth whether you purchased outright or leased it.

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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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