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Ericsson’s Apple suit ends in license deal

Ericsson’s Apple suit ends in license deal

Shares have risen significantly this morning after Ericsson announced that they'd signed a patent licensing deal with Apple. This comes after nearly a year of patent litigation that had Ericsson accusing patent infringement on Apple, originally threatening to file a collection of patent lawsuits and seek to block sales of Apple products in the United States. It does not appear that Ericsson's request for blocking sales in the US via the US International Trade Commission did not take hold - Apple's deal with the company ends mutual suits that'd been in play since January of this year.

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Fallout 4 player sues Bethesda for losing self-control (job, wife too)

Fallout 4 player sues Bethesda for losing self-control (job, wife too)

Fallout 4 is easily one of the biggest hit games of the year. With its post-apocalyptic setting and near-endless list of things to do and quests to complete, it's easy to understand how players could get so caught up in the game's world that lose track of time. And their job. And their real-world spouse too. That's exactly what happened to a poor Russian gamer, and now he's suing Fallout 4's totally evil developer, Bethesda, for not providing him with a "warning," which surely would have prevented this from happening.

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New internet error code identifies censored websites

New internet error code identifies censored websites

Everyone on the internet has come across at least couple error codes, the most well-known being 404, for page not found, while other common ones include 500, for internal server error, or 403, for a "forbidden" page. However, with latter, there's the growing issue of why a certain webpage has become forbidden, or who made it so. In an effort to address things like censorship or "legal obstacles," a new code has been published, to be used when legal demands require access to a page be blocked: error 451.

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California bumps decision deadline in VW emissions scandal

California bumps decision deadline in VW emissions scandal

Following the receipt of a letter proposing an alternative way to deal with the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has decided to extend the deadline for rejecting or approving the scandal’s repair plan. The extension decision came in on Friday and pushes the decision deadline back to January 14, giving the agency about three extra weeks to consider the best course of action.

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Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

As we reported this past summer, LifeLock got itself into hot water with the FTC over its alleged failure to protect its customer data. That wasn’t the first time LifeLock ran into trouble, though; before that, it had pulled its LifeLock Wallet mobile apps over concerns that data wasn’t protected as advertised. Even that, though, wasn’t the start of its’ troubles — the company had first gotten on the FTC's bad side back in 2010.

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DOJ initiates criminal investigation into Uber hack

DOJ initiates criminal investigation into Uber hack

The Department of Justice is kicking off a criminal investigation into last year’s Uber data hack, according to sources. These sources claim the Justice Department is including a probe into whether a Lyft employee had anything to do with the breach. This follows Uber’s disclosure earlier this year that someone had downloaded up to 50,000 names and license numbers belonging to its drivers.

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Grooveshark clone slammed with damages in lost court case

Grooveshark clone slammed with damages in lost court case

Following the original Grooveshark’s demise, a cloned version of the service was brought to life in early May of this year, just a few days after the original service was killed. The person behind it, dubbed 'Shark', had some connection to the original Grooveshark, though not much was known about him. As anticipated, the RIAA moved swiftly against the website, and now following a failure to keep up the legal battle, Groveshark’s clone is no more.

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Samsung takes its Apple patent fight to the Supreme Court

Samsung takes its Apple patent fight to the Supreme Court

Samsung's Christmas gift to Apple won't be the $548 million it agreed to pay in its first patent squabble. It will be giving, instead, another serving of legal headache, though indirectly this time. As expected, Samsung has escalated its patent issues to the US' highest court. Although it is technically putting into question what is now commonly regarded to be an outdated patent system, in the end it will also affect the outcome of its two biggest patent fights with Apple. Especially the payment it has to make.

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Seattle rules Uber, Lyft drivers can unionize

Seattle rules Uber, Lyft drivers can unionize

Drivers for ridesharing services just won a big victory in Seattle, where the city council has voted in favor of a bill that allows Lyft, Uber, and similar services’ drivers to form a union. This marks a first in the United States, and could pave the way to similar rulings in other cities where the companies operate. Lyft isn't pleased with the ruling; Uber hasn't yet commented.

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Prototype lie detection software analyzes words, gestures

Prototype lie detection software analyzes words, gestures

Researchers at the University of Michigan have used real court case data to develop lie detection software. The software, which is currently in the prototype stage, eschews the typical polygraph methodology in favor of gestures and words. By doing so, the software has been up to 75-percent accurate in identifying liars in trials, eclipsing humans’ ability to figure out if someone is lying.

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FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

Drone pilots in the US have until February 19, 2016 to register their aircraft, with the FAA announcing mandatory licensing with fines or even prison time for those who refuse. The database, which opened its digital doors today, is the Federal Aviation Administration's response to the huge upswing in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) ownership, with increasingly capable drones able to travel long distances, carry payloads, and potentially interfere with security forces or commercial aviation.

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Tokyo police have a drone to fight rogue drones

Tokyo police have a drone to fight rogue drones

There are many reason why a nefarious sorts might want to put their own drone into the air. They could use it for keeping an eye on where the police are or perhaps even fit the drone with a weapon of its own to wreak havoc among pedestrians or office workers. To help combat this potential foe police in Tokyo have formed an anti-drone squad.

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