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Uber gives in to Germany’s demands to end ban

Uber gives in to Germany’s demands to end ban

Another day, another place where Uber is having trouble operating the way it wants to. Last month it ran into another issue in Germany, where it was banned for the second time for failing to play by the rules. The company was hit last month with the threat of fines by the Frankfurt regional court should it violate the transportation laws in the area. That ruling has now become enforceable, and Uber issued a statement about it yesterday, saying it’s “a defeat for all those who want more choice for their personal mobility.”

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Uber, Lyft cleared for (temporary) operation in Portland

Uber, Lyft cleared for (temporary) operation in Portland

The Portland City Council voted last night to allow ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Late last year, Uber caused quite a stir in Portland when they began operating without so much as a temporary authorization from the city. In response, the city started targeting drivers, issuing warnings they’d be fined if caught driving for Uber again. Uber halted operation, paid some fines, and agreed to let the city hammer out some details that would make Uber legally operational.

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Aereo settles with broadcasters for $950,000

Aereo settles with broadcasters for $950,000

Aereo will have to pay $950,000 to broadcasters in Chapter 11 proceedings. Though significant, the dollar amount is actually les than one percent of what Aereo was originally ordered to pay, and resolves any and all disputes between the Internet TV startup and legacy operators. The settlement comes as Aereo deals with Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a Supreme Court decision shut the service off for good. Aereo also sold its assets off to Tivo for a paltry $2 million; a fire sale too good to pass up.

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Uber hit with lawsuit for alleged discrimination against the blind

Uber hit with lawsuit for alleged discrimination against the blind

Uber has to face up to a lawsuit that contends the ridesharing service discriminates against blind riders by not allowing them to bring service dogs along with them. The ruling was made on Friday by a US magistrate who gave the go-ahead for the lawsuit, which maintains that the ridesharing service is classified as a travel service and, as such, can be (maybe) held liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act for not accepting service dogs. Uber had challenged the lawsuit.

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DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

Many have criticized the planned merger of Comcast and Time Warner, and for valid reasons. Now sources have cropped up to say that it might not happen after all, with the Department of Justice reportedly contemplating a recommendation to block the acquisition. Says the sources, there are concerns that such a merger between the two companies would be to the detriment of consumers. Furthermore, lawyers for the DoJ are said to be gathering evidence in support of a case to challenge the planned acquisition.

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SEC reportedly looking into LAUSD’s ‘iPads for schools’ program

SEC reportedly looking into LAUSD’s ‘iPads for schools’ program

On the heels of a report suggesting the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) was trying to back out of a deal that brought iPads to every student in their system, the SEC has reportedly opened an informal inquiry on whether or not the money used for those iPads was within legal guidelines. The SEC is specifically interested in whether or not the LAUSD properly disclosed to investors how the bond money would be used, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Whistleblowers’ lawyer: cops supplied infected hard drive

Whistleblowers’ lawyer: cops supplied infected hard drive

Attorney Matt Campbell is representing former and current law enforcement officers in a whistleblower case, and he reportedly discovered malware on an external hard drive supplied by the Fort Smith Police Department. Three officers, both former and current, are being represented by Campbell, and are said to have been wrongfully probed after reporting issues with overtime pay and wrongful termination within the police department. As part of his discovery request, Campbell supplied the police department with an external hard drive, and they were to load it with some documents in response. When it was returned, however, it included malware.

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Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

The European Union is aiming for Google this month with a statement of objections. They've made allegations that Google isn't doing what they should when it comes to their super-dominant search engine. They suggest that what Google is doing with their search engine is selling products when they should simply be providing the public with this service without destroying their competition in the process. The European Union suggests that Google can keep doing what they're doing now - just so long as they're not found guilty of doing so in a way that allows no competition to realistically compete.

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EU files antitrust charge against Google for Search, Android

EU files antitrust charge against Google for Search, Android

As we expected, the European Commission has hit Google with an antitrust charge relating to search. Further, the EU is also insisting they’re going to look into Android. According to the complaint, the EU says Google is “systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages”. Further, “the Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers”. Google has yet to comment, but an internal memo leaked yesterday suggests the company wholeheartedly disagrees with the EU’s stance.

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EU gearing up to formally accuse Google of antitrust violations

EU gearing up to formally accuse Google of antitrust violations

European regulators are ready to make a move and pounce on Google, formally accusing the search engine giant of violating European antitrust policies. E.U. regulators have been mulling over this case for a while now, and this new move will the the latest in a public threat to Googles business practices. At the heart of the antitrust case is Google's alleged use of its search engine to direct web users to its own products. Additionally, the E.U. investigation is looking into allegations that Google made it difficult for advertisers to move their ads to other platforms because Google was aggregating content from competitors in its search results.

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