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Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Legal cases usually take years because of appeal after appeal. But when they reach the highest court of the land, judgment is, more often than not, really final. That might be the case here with Facebook's ongoing, and now probably over, tussle in German courts over its Friend Finder feature. Now that the country's highest court, the Federal Court of Justice, has declared it illegal, there isn't much left for Facebook to do except to recoup its losses and to move forward. Without that feature in Germany, that is.

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This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

The US government aims to spend almost $4bn on autonomous driving in the next decade, pushing real-world trials that put computerized cars on roads. The investment was announced by US Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx at a speech at the North American International Auto Show today, and came after US President Obama discussed wide-ranging support for self-driving vehicles in his State of the Union speech earlier this week.

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Apple might lose its encryption battle in New York

Apple might lose its encryption battle in New York

While Apple is still fighting any nationwide attempt to have backdoors installed in otherwise secure devices and Internet services, it might already be losing ground just in New York state alone. The state assembly has proposed a bill that, if approved and enacted, would force smartphone manufacturers and operating system provider, like Apple in both cases, to unlock and decrypted devices or risk being fined a hefty $2,500 per related device. This would, in turn, force Apple to weaken its encryption system and maybe even turn it off all together.

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Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen’s proposal for how it will deal with the recall of its vehicles in the state. In addition, CARB has also made public its formal Notice of Violation regarding the auto maker’s violation of state air quality regulations. Says the California EPA, “Today’s actions do not preclude a recall, but allow for a broader array of potential remedies.”

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Star Trek fan film creators sued by CBS, Paramount for copyright infringement

Star Trek fan film creators sued by CBS, Paramount for copyright infringement

With the news that a new Star Trek movie is on the way next year, longtime fans are excited about a return to their beloved fictional universe. However, CBS and Paramount Pictures, the rights owners for the series, may be looking to stamp out any competition that might draw attention away from the debut of Star Trek: Beyond. The TV and movie studios have filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of an ambition fan-made movie.

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Hoverboards may be legal in NYC soon due to new legislation

Hoverboards may be legal in NYC soon due to new legislation

Not too long after law enforcement publicly declared hoverboards to be illegal in New York City, a trio of politicians want to change that status. New legislation has been submitted that, if it passes, will reclassify hoverboards as something other than a motor vehicle, stripping away their banned status and instead opening them up for proper regulation. One of the senators behind the legislation made the sensible statement “they’re like skateboards.”

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Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify has been hit with a class-action lawsuit from David Lowery over alleged failure to make royalty payments. The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $150 million in damages from the streaming service, and claims that Spotify distributed music compositions that were copyrighted sans identifying the owners or making it known it planned to use a compulsory license.

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Apple demanding $180M more from Samsung in patent case

Apple demanding $180M more from Samsung in patent case

You know what they say about being over until a certain lady sings. Samsung and Apple may have agreed to no longer sue each other over patents and Samsung may have "somewhat" agreed to pay Apple $548 million in damages from its 2012 patent tussle with Apple, but the case is really far, far from being over. Now Apple wants to squeeze out $180 million more from the South Korean manufacturer, pouring salt over Samsung's wounds. Or it could also be a tactic to dissuade Samsung from further contesting the damages as well as the entire patent system.

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Facebook’s free internet service banned in India

Facebook’s free internet service banned in India

Facebook wants to bring limited free internet service to some of the developing nations around the world and in India, the plan has run into some issues. An Indian regulator has asked that the free internet service be banned while an investigation is conducted to ensure that the free web access doesn't pose a threat to net neutrality.

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Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others. The data theft came to light after the alleged hacker reportedly tried to sell some of the content to a well-known radio host.

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