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First lawsuit filed against Lenovo for Superfish adware

First lawsuit filed against Lenovo for Superfish adware

Things are getting serious for Lenovo, as the first lawsuit from their Superfish spyware scandal has been filed in a California court by Jessica Bennett. This is the first lawsuit in what may be a series of legal troubles for Lenovo. This different from run-of-the-mill adware that one might find from a scheduled virus check. Lenovo has been caught putting pre-installed adware from a company called Superfish on their products. This was exceptionally dangerous to Lenovo consumers because it not only leaked their data but left them vulnerable to outside attacks.

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Latest antitrust lawsuit against Google is dismissed, for now

Latest antitrust lawsuit against Google is dismissed, for now

The antitrust lawsuit against Google filed by two consumers has been dismissed by US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman. At the heart of the case, the plaintiff's lawyers claimed not only that Google had illegal restrictive contracts with Android device manufacturers, but that these contracts stifled competition and drove up prices of all Android devices. The two complainants actually sought a class-action lawsuit against Google. The case was dismissed as the Judge said that there was no established display of consumers being harmed by Google's Android manufacturer contracts.

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Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple's electric car project may only have been grist for the rumor-mill for a week, but it's already landed the firm in legal hot water over alleged expert-poaching. Speculation about the so-called "Project Titan" underway at a secret facility near Apple's Cupertino headquarters has so-far centered on intermingling rumors of EV powertrains and self-driving technology. However, according to battery maker A123 Systems, some of the skills that are helping those projects came as a result of a targeted campaign by Apple to grab the firm's staff. Now, it's decided to take it to the courts.

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Google may face antitrust probe in Russia over search bundling

Google may face antitrust probe in Russia over search bundling

Google is the dominant search engine in many parts of the world and some of its competition are angry at the way Google bundles its search services with its other products. Specifically a Russian search engine called Yandex is complaining that Google bundles its search app with Android. Yandex has filed a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.

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Police test “less lethal” bullet alternative

Police test “less lethal” bullet alternative

In light of recent events in which lethal force was used by police (in several incidents across the United States), a new "less-lethal" alternative is being tested. Created by the company "Alternative Ballistics," this "bullet attachment" hooks on to the front of the police officer's handgun and provides a sort of airbag-like system for the first shot. Once the first shot is fired, every subsequent shot is lethal as ever. This is "The Alternative", and according to the company that makes it, it was invented by a "retired sheriff police officer who did not like that people were being shot when the officers do have time."

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Obama signs divisive cyberthreat bill amid privacy fears

Obama signs divisive cyberthreat bill amid privacy fears

President Obama publicly signed the executive order driving through new cyber security legislation today, using an appearance at Stanford to discuss the controversial balance of privacy and protection. The bill - already a topic of fierce debate in Congress, which had continually refused to pass it - demands greater information sharing between government and private industry, "sharing appropriate information" as relevant to ensure vital infrastructure isn't compromised by hackers or malicious governments. However, exactly what counts as "appropriate", and what impact that has on individual privacy, remains to be seen.

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Behold, fresh freeway terror: Ford’s 2016 Police Interceptor Utility

Behold, fresh freeway terror: Ford’s 2016 Police Interceptor Utility

The flicker of red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror and the wail of sirens: getting pulled over on the freeway is seldom fun, but if you're lucky the cop responsible might show you their new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Freshly revealed ahead of its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the heavily-customized SUV doesn't just look the part but - thanks to the input of law enforcement employees themselves - should address some of the frustrations lingering around its predecessor, while also including the ability to recognize a sudden chase and switch the powertrain into pursuit mode automatically.

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