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NSA will delete phone records on 29th November, sort of

NSA will delete phone records on 29th November, sort of

Can an elephant forget? That might be the metaphorical question on people's minds after hearing about the NSA's move to restrict its access to phone records accumulated under the USA Patriot Act. On face value, it seems like a win for privacy and all that, but, as with all legal cases, there are always fineprints to be meticulously observed. In other words, the phone database won't exactly disappear immediately, but will hang around for a while, giving interested people some time to do what they can to squeeze out what they can.

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Record $105m fine for Fiat Chrysler over recalls

Record $105m fine for Fiat Chrysler over recalls

Fiat-Chrysler will buy back as many as 500,000 trucks in a hugely costly settlement with the NHTSA that also includes a penalty that could reach $105m. News of the buy-back comes after the beleaguered manufacturer agreed to recall a whopping 1.5m cars, SUVs, and trucks late last week, with today's record fine coming after the firm failed to convince the US safety regulator that it handled a total of 23 recalls affecting in excess of 11m vehicles effectively over the past few years.

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People can legally listen to your butt dials

People can legally listen to your butt dials

I'd wager that anyone who uses a smartphone has probably butt dialed before, even if you don’t realize you did it. Butt dialing occurs when you accidentally hit the buttons on your smartphone and start a call without realizing you did. Some people immediately hang up when they receive a butt dial, but others like to listen in to see what they can hear being said.

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Uber facing class action lawsuit in Toronto

Uber facing class action lawsuit in Toronto

Uber is facing a class action lawsuit in Toronto where taxi drivers are seeking both an injunction against the ridesharing service in Ontario and in excess of $400 million CAD in damages. As in other regions, the drivers are pointing toward local regulations and claim Uber is providing illegal transportation on a mass scale. Uber, as expected, has already denounced the claims, but at this point it is still a waiting game to see if a judge will agree to hear the case.

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Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

While Apple has finally settled and moved past the antitrust cases surrounding its ebooks business practices, it like a similar situation is building up against the new Apple Music subscription service. The well-known consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has published letters to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice, asking them to look into Apple's attempts to "dominate the subscription music sector" in violation of antitrust laws.

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Facebook, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent case

Facebook, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent case

Apple and Samsung have been fighting a legal battle for a long time now that focuses on Apple alleging that Samsung has violated several of its patents. Samsung now has some industry heavyweights on its side that all have a stake in having Apple lose the court case. Previously the courts ordered Samsung to turn over profits from a few products that the court found infringe on Apple patents.

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UK High Court makes it illegal to copy your own music again

UK High Court makes it illegal to copy your own music again

Music and movie fans in the UK were happy when a law was passed in the UK last October that allowed them to make legal copies of CDs and DVDs that they had purchased in an effort to convert them to digital media for use on the go. The UK High Court has now come back and said that it is illegal again to make copies of legally owned movies and music.

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T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

Back in mid-March, Verizon settled with the FCC over 911 service outages that happened in April of last year. Verizon wasn’t the only wireless carrier that was swept up into some 911 outages, however, and now T-Mobile has followed in the carrier’s footsteps with its own FCC settlement. The big difference, though, is how much it will pay to settle the matter. While Verizon settled for $3.4 million, T-Mobile will be paying $17.5 million to settle the legal matter.

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Uber settles with family of girl killed by driver

Uber settles with family of girl killed by driver

Uber has entered into a tentative settlement with the family of a young girl who died after being struck by a driver who had the UberX mobile app up and running on his smartphone at the time of the accident. The incident took place on New Year’s Eve in 2013, and involved the driver striking the 6-year-old girl, her brother, and her mother on a crosswalk in San Francisco. The girl’s family has requested that the terms of the settlement remain private for the sake of her brother’s privacy.

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ProxyHam anonymity project bizarrely destroyed sans explanation

ProxyHam anonymity project bizarrely destroyed sans explanation

Staying private on the Internet has become a big concern for many and a problem for certain government agencies. The Edward Snowden leaks revealed a trove of data on government spying, and since then companies have moved to further encrypt data and many devices have cropped up promising high security. ProxyHam is one of those devices. The maker described the device as a hardware proxy that could be planted somewhere like your local cafe; it would use radio connections to transmit the signal up to 2.5 miles away, leaving the Internet user safely hidden. Now the project has been cancelled under bizarre circumstances.

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Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Most people are content with burying pre-installed apps into a folder somewhere, but a Chinese agency has opted to sue smartphone makers for unwanted bloatware. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has taken Samsung and Oppo to task for just how much software comes preloaded on a brand new device, claiming to have been deluged by customer complaints that they're not getting as much storage space as expected, and that background data use has been more voracious than expected.

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