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Disney retracts, then reissues DMCA claim against Star Wars fan

Disney retracts, then reissues DMCA claim against Star Wars fan

Earlier this week I told you about Disney's hard-handed efforts to keep an image of a certain action figure under wraps. Essentially, someone from a Star Wars collectable podcast purchased a figure from Walmart, that they hadn't seen before. The podcast's Facebook page posted a picture of it, and it was taken down by Facebook, as they'd received a copyright claim from Disney, ask for it to be removed. Well today, the plot thickens.

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Police raid home of alleged Bitcoin creator Craig Wright

Police raid home of alleged Bitcoin creator Craig Wright

Following two reports claiming Australian Craig Wright is one of the creators behind Bitcoin, police have raided a home allegedly rented by Wright and his wife. The raid was performed by the Australian Federal police, which claims the search was done with warrants and has nothing to do with the recent allegations. They said their search is to “assist the Australian Taxation Office” in a matter that hasn't been specified.

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Rehashed bill could force tech companies to report ‘terrorist activity’

Rehashed bill could force tech companies to report ‘terrorist activity’

A bill has been introduced that, should it become law, will force tech companies like Facebook to report ‘terrorist activity’ to law enforcement agencies. The bill was introduced by Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein and Chairman Richard Burr, who stress that such companies won’t have to “monitor customers or undertake any additional action” to hunt down suspected terrorists. The new bill was spurred by reports that the San Bernardino shooter had pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook.

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Qualcomm faces anti-trust charges again, Europe this time

Qualcomm faces anti-trust charges again, Europe this time

When you're as big and as successful as Qualcomm, you become a bigger target, for both rivals and regulators. The world's most popular mobile chipset maker has barely finished wrapping up its anti-trust issues in China, which involved a hefty fine among other things, and yet here it is again being charged with a similar case, this time in Europe. The European Commission has formally filed anti-trust charges against Qualcomm, accusing it of practices that have forced its competitors in the region off the market.

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NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

Automotive technology is changing, and it is time for rating systems to change with it. In a proposal announced today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking an update to its own five-star rating system for new cars. The updated version will take into consideration measurements gathered by more advanced human-like crash dummies as well as crash-avoidance technology.

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Spanish ship wreckage found with billions in treasure

Spanish ship wreckage found with billions in treasure

Colombia has announced the discovery of a long-lost Spanish galleon (ship) containing billions of dollars’ worth of gemstones, gold, and silver. It’s an incredibly exciting announcement, but not one without controversy. The galleon, called San Jose, has been the subject of legal battles for a while now, with U.S. company Sea Search Armada claiming to have found the ship’s site back in 1981.

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Meme forces Turkish court to decide if Gollum is evil

Meme forces Turkish court to decide if Gollum is evil

Bilgin Ciftci, a doctor in Turkey, is in hot water after sharing an image on Twitter comparing the nation's president to Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies. Why? Because of a local law that protects, presumably, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fragile ego, making it illegal to insult the nation's ruler in any way. The shared image is insulting, according to the government, and lead to Ciftci's arrest. Whether the charge holds, though, may depend on whether the image is really of Gollum and whether Gollum is evil.

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The FTC just put an EFF board member in charge of explaining tech

The FTC just put an EFF board member in charge of explaining tech

Things at the US Federal Trade Commission could take a sharp turn toward pushing privacy, as the government agency makes a high-profile EFF member its Chief Technologist. Lorrie Cranor, who sits on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has been named the new Chief Technologist for the FTC, where she will be "primarily responsible for advising Chairwoman Ramirez and the Commission on developing technology and policy matters."

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Samsung to pay Apple $548M settlement in patent case

Samsung to pay Apple $548M settlement in patent case

In 2011, Apple first filed a lawsuit against Samsung for infringing on its smartphone patents, and after what seems like an endless five years of trials, appeals, retrials, and so on, Samsung has finally agreed to a $548 million out of court settlement. The two companies filed a joint statement to the US District Court for the Northern District of California, with Samsung saying it will pay Apple within ten 10 days if it receives an invoice from Apple by December 4th, a round about way of saying December 14th.

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North Korea is searching tourists’ laptops, web history

North Korea is searching tourists’ laptops, web history

North Korea is, of course, an awful place to be, and not the first idea most have for an international vacation. The nation has been trying to increase its tourist numbers over the last couple years, however, going so far as to offer mobile Internet access (revoked) and Internet ‘cafes’ lacking in peripherals. If neither of those things deter you from visiting, though, there’s the latest warning from the State Department stating, among other things, that North Korean customs will search through your Internet browser history.

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Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

In January 2013, the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a minimum sound requirement for electric and hybrid vehicles, a move to protect pedestrians who may fail to notice a silent car driving past. “This proposal,” the agency had said, “will help keep everyone using our nation’s street and roadways safe.” The plan to implement such sounds has been ongoing since despite auto maker objections, but it recently hit a snag that has stalled the finalization until early next year.

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UK police arrest 5th teen connected to TalkTalk hacking

UK police arrest 5th teen connected to TalkTalk hacking

It's been a few weeks since we've heard from UK officials investigating the hacking of telecom company TalkTalk. The cyberattack, and subsequent ransom demand, occurred in late October, with police making the first arrest several days later. The Metropolitan Police have now revealed they've made a fifth arrest, with the suspected hacker being yet another teenager. With a search warrant in hand, officers visited the 18 year old boy's home in Wales, arresting him on suspicion of blackmail.

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