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Court to Google: help identify source of Avengers trailer leak

Court to Google: help identify source of Avengers trailer leak

On October 22, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer leaked. This was a problem, as it wasn't supposed to debut for a few more days, being set to show during the next Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode. A final cut of the trailer wasn't ready to go out, however, so Marvel had to hastily put one together, which it made live on its YouTube channel in response to the leak. During the time slot it was originally set to air, Marvel showed an "extended edition" trailer instead, all the while hunting down who leaked the footage in the first place.

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Silk Road 2.0 seized by feds alongside (alleged) admin’s arrest

Silk Road 2.0 seized by feds alongside (alleged) admin’s arrest

In early October of last year, the first iteration of underground online shop Silk Road was seized by the FBI and Department of Justice, and its founder Ross William Ulbricht was arrested. It didn't take long for a new version to open, however, and though the Silk Road 2.0 has had its share of drama, the underground market has been in operation for the last year or so. That came to a halt today, with the service again being seized and the alleged admin being arrested.

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Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

In August, Lyft's then-COO Travis VanderZanden left the company for reasons that were never clearly stated. Some time later he was snapped up by competitor Uber, and is now facing a legal challenge from his former employer over accusations of confidential data theft. According to Lyft, VanderZanden downloaded company documents from its Dropbox to his own personal Dropbox, something that came to light after the company had a forensics analysis of his work laptop performed. By keeping the files, Lyft says VanderZanden is violating the company's Confidentiality Agreement.

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Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

There are many ways to protect your smartphone: password, pin, pattern, and more recently, a fingerprint. While legally you can't be compelled as part of an investigation to reveal any of the first three, a judge has ruled that you can be forced to relinquish your fingerprint to investigators seeking access to your device. The reason, says the judge, is that the fingerprint isn't knowledge like a password, but is instead a physical object of sorts, like a key or a DNA sample.

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Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google Street View cleavage snap leads to penalty

Google's Street View has caught some interesting things over the years, some of them fueling conspiracy theories, others being less fun but no less notable. Sometimes it catches things inappropriate, however, as was the case with Maria Pia Grillo of Montreal, who was sitting on her porch when the Google mobile drove by. It caught her in a picture leaning forward with elbows on knees and a fair bit of cleavage exposed. Google blurred her face but not her chest, and that led to a legal tussle.

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FAA issues threat: fly drones near stadiums and risk a year in jail

FAA issues threat: fly drones near stadiums and risk a year in jail

The FAA has been battling various types of drone use both in and out of court, and though it has threatened large fines for certain violations, it has largely avoided tossing around criminal penalties against pilots who violate regulations. That changed in a big way recently, with the Federal Aviation Administration threatening drone operators with up to a year in jail if they fly near any big sports stadiums or racetracks. The ban against flying UAVs near or in stadiums is not new, and is due to safety considerations.

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Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision dismissed

Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision dismissed

Activision found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega earlier this year, who took issue with his portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The lawsuit caught quite a bit of attention, not the least of which was because of the potential precedent it could set regarding creative freedom in future games and similar media. The issue dragged on for a while, heating up in recent times after Rudy Giuliani was brought on board. For all the excitement, the legal spat has reached a solid and predictable end.

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EU court rules embedding video is not copyright infringement

EU court rules embedding video is not copyright infringement

A landmark ruling was made recently in the EU by the Court of Justice and the ruling has to do with online copyright. The court ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not copyright infringement, even if the source of the video uploaded it without permission. The case had been referred to the Court of Justice by a German court and had to do with a water filtering company called BestWater International and two independent commercial agents working for a competitor.

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Aereo denied license request, but hope remains

Aereo denied license request, but hope remains

Aereo, swept up in a legal battle earlier this year that it ultimately did not win, has been denied a license that would let it operate as a cable company. Aereo had requested this license during the late summer, and was told in August that it needed a court ruling on whether it could continue operations under this special designation. An injunction was put in place against the service today, but as the legal battle winds down towards a close, there is still a ray of hope for the service.

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This fingerprint VAMPIRE could make CSI real

This fingerprint VAMPIRE could make CSI real

Police could one day be taking a vampire on patrol, with a new portable forensics lab promising CSI-style analysis of fingerprints on the scene. The gadget, dubbed VAMPIRE by makers Booz Allen, the handheld can not only scan fingerprint images directly from the surface they've been left on - rather than requiring a trained technician to lift them first - but digitize them and compare them to a watch list of potential suspects, all without leaving the location of the crime.

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