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NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

As the song goes, let there be peace on Earth. Or at least in the mobile graphics market. Happily, that seems to be the case at least between NVIDIA and Samsung, who have finally decided to settle their differences outside of court. After more than a year of back and forth mudslinging and suits and countersuits, the two have agreed to a settlement that, among other things, involve a small amount of cross-licensing. Money might have been involved, too, but of course they're not going to say that.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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Craig Wright offers proof that he invented Bitcoin

Craig Wright offers proof that he invented Bitcoin

The first time we talked about a man called Craig Wright and his alleged ties to the cryptocurrency Bitcoin was in December 2015 when word surfaced that Australian police had raided a home that he and his wife had rented. Apparently, Wright and his wife had already moved and the raid reportedly had something to do with missed tax payments, not Bitcoin. Fast forward, several months and Wright has now publically identified himself as the creator of Bitcoin known as Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

In May 2015, Jawbone slapped Fitbit with a lawsuit over what it claimed was the latter company’s systematic ‘plundering’ of confidential company data by hiring now-former Jawbone employees. Such was the start of a long-running legal battle between Jawbone and Fitbit, one Jawbone has been given the go-ahead to pursue. Yesterday’s ruling wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Jawbone, though — Fitbit proved victorious in a spat that has resulted in some of Jawbone’s patents being invalidated, reducing the odds of Fitbit being hit with an import ban.

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Motorola hit with $5m lawsuit for poor warranty system

Motorola hit with $5m lawsuit for poor warranty system

It isn't uncommon to receive poor customer service and wish you could sue the offending party in response. What is sometimes rare is for customers to do exactly that, especially against a giant company. But that is exactly what is happening to Motorola, filed with a class action suit on behalf of a certain Douglas Lynch. His beef, which is echoed by many other customers, is over Motorola's "unfair, unscrupulous, immoral, and oppressive" business practices. Or to be more specific, for Motorola's failure to fulfill its own warranties.

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Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A parent lets their child play with a phone or tablet, only to find that their little darling managed to spend a large chunk of money on in-app purchases. Depending on just how much money was spent, this can be a pretty big problem. But the real question is who is to blame for this happening? A judge today ruled that when it comes to Amazon’s apps, they’re the ones at fault.

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Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

I'm the kind of person that gets on Facebook a few times a day, just to check up on the lives of my friends and family that I don't get to see very often. However, some for some people, social media is a deeply integrated part of their life, that they can't seem to go without for more than a short period of time. If you're one of those people, and you happen to get selected for jury duty, then you might find yourself having to pay a hefty fine.

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FBI director hints agency paid more than $1.3m to unlock iPhone

FBI director hints agency paid more than $1.3m to unlock iPhone

Public information about the FBI’s method for unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone is slight, and so we’re forced to piece together what precious little information is available. Take, for example, FBI Director James Comey’s recent statement about how much the FBI had to pay to get the iPhone unlocked: more than he will make in the remainder of his time serving as the bureau’s director, which a little bit of math estimates as $1.3 million.

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Piracy could land you in jail for 10 years in the UK, in the future

Piracy could land you in jail for 10 years in the UK, in the future

Piracy has been an issue for as long as digital content has been available. VCR's were once thought to kill the TV and movie industry, and we were told to not copy that floppy in the 90's. However, ever since Napster made online piracy almost mainstream, courts have cracked down on the offenders, and hard.

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Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the Authors' Guild and their lawsuit against Google. The Guild sought legal action against the search engine giant for their Google Books project, in which they scanned millions of books. The reason we haven't heard much about this case in a while is because Google won the lawsuit back in 2013. But that didn't stop case from continuing.

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Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

When a new piece of technology comes out and radically changes the market, there will always be people who are afraid of it. With the case of drones, this has lead to people having serious concerns about privacy. And in some cases, people have resorted to shooting down the flying gadgets to prove their point.

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Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Six hours. That's how long, or, to be more blunt, short settlement talks between tech giants Google and Oracle lasted. Given that duration, the outcome should probably already be evident. The the companies failed to reach a settlement regarding an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit Oracle filed against Google for the use of its proprietary Java APIs in Android. As the settlement failed, the two will head back to court next month to perhaps once and for all give closure to both the actual question of infringement as well as damages to be paid. If any, that is.

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