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Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota has agreed a $1.2bn settlement over its sticky accelerator pedal recalls with the US Attorney's Office, agreeing to the sum in order to finally put to rest the issues that saw it repair thousands of cars between 2009 and 2010. "Entering this agreement, while difficult, is a major step toward putting this unfortunate chapter behind us" Christopher P. Reynolds, chief legal officer at Toyota North America, said of the settlement.

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Mt. Gox, Mizuho Bank and Mark Karpeles deeper in Bitcoin legal soup

Mt. Gox, Mizuho Bank and Mark Karpeles deeper in Bitcoin legal soup

The story spinning around Mt Gox, Mark Karpeles and Jed McCaleb and their alleged Bitcoin fraud has enough spice in it to be called Daytime Soap. Each day brings in new twists and turns to the plot and has all of us hanging on the edge of our seats. The latest development in the story is that folks in Canada and the U.S. have filed a class-action suit for fraud that kind of negates Mt Gox’s bankruptcy blanket for the moment.

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NSA denies circumventing client-attorney privilege

NSA denies circumventing client-attorney privilege

The American Bar Association has been very concerned regarding the attorney-client communications and the sanctity of this privilege, particularly in light of the NSA surveillance debacle that got leaked to the world. The concerns stems from the recent revelations that NSA had allowed an Australian intelligence agency to tap into the communications between an Indonesian client and its American law firm.

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US ceding Internet control

US ceding Internet control

You may call it a face-saving effort, but it looks like the Obama administration is taking some good measures to do damage control after the NSA disclosures fiasco. Presently, the Commerce Department of the U.S. government has a hold over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. This is a body that manages Internet names and addresses and other technical functions that assist computers across the globe to find correct servers and websites. When their contract expires in 2015, the governing agency plans to give up its control and put into place a neutral alternative.

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Popcorn Time shuts down shortly after launch

Popcorn Time shuts down shortly after launch

Popcorn Time surfaced earlier this week and was quickly labeled "the Netflix of piracy", providing easy access to illegal movies via a sophisticated-looking app. Fast-forward a few days after its launch, and the service's app has been taken down, with the folks behind it saying "the experiment has come to an end."

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European Parliament backs universal smartphone charger regulation

European Parliament backs universal smartphone charger regulation

Europe has worked for years to unify smartphones under a single charger -- the common microUSB -- with major companies expressing their support for the measure as far back as 2009 and getting the microUSB officially set as the charging standard a year or so later. Legislation was introduced by an EU committee last year to require a single charger system, which today received "overwhelming" approval from members of parliament.

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