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PayPal rewords user agreement after robocall criticism

PayPal rewords user agreement after robocall criticism

Paypal has announced that it is clearing up the wording in user agreement after being called out the FCC for illegal practices violating consumers privacy with the potential for invasive robocalls. Users worried that the because the text in the user agreement indicated they would be subjected to robocalls, that PayPal could be selling the personal data to external call lists. The previous language made it seem as though PayPal was violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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Supreme Court declines to Google’s appeal in Oracle copyright suit

Supreme Court declines to Google’s appeal in Oracle copyright suit

The United States Supreme court rejected an appeal from Google after it lost a copyright infringement case against Oracle. The case originally dates back to 2010. It was then that Oracle Corp., the software company behind Java, alleged that Google's Android OS infringed on copyrighted Java APIs (application programming interfaces). In 2012, a district court found the case in favor of Google, but, in May of last year, the judge's ruling was overturned when an appeals court ruled in favor of Oracle. As the U.S. Supreme Court has backed off, this could be the ruling that stands, holding that API's can be copyrighted.

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Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Drones -- and by drones, we mostly mean RC copters of various sorts -- are more common than ever, and the public is still learning how to use them; not just according to the law, but also according to social standards. Common decency says not to fly a quadcopter over a neighbor's property, for example, and to not use it for spying purposes. Unfortunately some people consider such devices' very existence troubling, and go to extreme measures to eliminate them.

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Uber managers arrested in Paris amidst riots

Uber managers arrested in Paris amidst riots

Uber has not had a kind reception in all the cities where it operates, but France -- and Paris in particular -- has proven to be most unwelcoming. Recent protests became violent and led to orders for police to seize Uber cars violating the ban late last week. Now two of Uber's top managers have been arrested in Paris, and though an official confirmation of their identities has not been made, a local journalist has claimed that the arrest involved a GM and CEO.

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Police start seizing Uber cars in France

Police start seizing Uber cars in France

The clash between Uber drivers and taxi drivers in France became very serious this week, including everything from blocking transportation routes to the alleged dropped of bricks onto Uber cars from overpasses. Today the nation’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called Uber “arrogant” following his order yesterday for police officers in Paris to seize any UberPOP vehicles that are operating despite the ban. Legal action has also been filed against UberPOP mangers in France.

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Australia’s new controversial anti-piracy bill approved

Australia’s new controversial anti-piracy bill approved

Australia has passed its new anti-piracy legislation despite opposition from consumers and (some) politicians, and with it Internet service providers can block websites used for piracy, such as The Pirate Bay. The law was passed with a 37 to 13 majority vote, and is the latest of many efforts in various countries to curb piracy. The legislation is called the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, and it was first introduced this past March after a call for such a bill late last year.

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Uber on firearms: don’t bring a gun in the car

Uber on firearms: don’t bring a gun in the car

One of the more vocal concerns about Uber is whether the rides are safe, and incidents like the alleged hammer attack don't do anything to alleviate that paranoia. Uber has officially stated its policy on firearms in Uber vehicles, and the answer is short and clear: don't bring them with you, regardless of whether you are a driver or a passenger. This is a new policy, one that reverse a past policy in light of growing concerns about firearms and incidents related to them.

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Comcast must reveal online troll’s identity, court rules

Comcast must reveal online troll’s identity, court rules

The comment sections of websites are usually a good place to go if you are looking for vitriol and filth, and often a commenter’s misplaced rage or unwarranted insults are passed on anonymously, the real person behind the words never having to face up to them. Every so often, though, we hear a story about trolls being hit with real-world ramifications, and such is the case with one anonymous Internet poster at the center of a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

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Lyft to pay settlement in New York over legal issues

Lyft to pay settlement in New York over legal issues

Among ridesharing services, Uber tends to be the loudest and gets the most attention. That does not mean its biggest competitor Lyft has managed to side step similar issues, though, and it has been waging its own battles. In New York, at least, it has not seen victory, and will be paying a $300,000 USD settlement over alleged legal violations. The news surfaced on Thursday, with Lyft agreeing to pay the settlement over an issue stemming from insurance and roll out methods.

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FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

Few things are more annoying to receive on your smartphone than spam texts or robocalls trying to get you to buy something. The FCC has made a move to stop both of those things from happening with the adoption of a new rule this week. The new rule gives telephone companies more power in preventing robocalls and spam texts from happening to consumers on landlines and wireless phones.

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