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Hidden FBI microphones planted in public outside California courthouse

Hidden FBI microphones planted in public outside California courthouse

For a period of 10 months, the FBI planted hidden microphones in several public locations outside a courthouse in Oakland, California, it has recently been discovered. A warrant wasn't needed, but the microphones allowed the government to secretly record and monitor private conversations during the period between March 2010 and January 2011.

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Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

The Pirate Bay is a website that I honestly never thought would still be around. If you've somehow never heard of it, the website is used for searching for and downloading torrents. Many of these are for pirated media and programs, hence the name. It's been around since 2003, and has fought many legal battles to keep itself online for the last 13 years. However, it looks like it may have suffered a major blow today.

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Walmart files lawsuit against VISA for requiring customer signatures

Walmart files lawsuit against VISA for requiring customer signatures

Wal-Mart isn't known for being a champion of the people. While they do offer low prices, they also don't pay competitive wages for their workers. However, yesterday the company announced that they would be suing Visa, due to perceived risks to customers who use debit cards issued by the company.

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Apple loses exclusive use of ‘iPhone’ trademark in China

Apple loses exclusive use of ‘iPhone’ trademark in China

The term "iPhone" is synonymous with Apple the world over, but in China, where trademarks are often ignored, a court has ruled that's not exactly the case. Apple has lost a trademark suit in the country against the Beijing-based Xintong Tiandi Technology, which sells leather goods like phone cases and handbags under the product name "IPHONE." This means the Cupertino company no longer has exclusive use of the iPhone brand name in China, as it must share it with the local accessories maker.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

As the song goes, let there be peace on Earth. Or at least in the mobile graphics market. Happily, that seems to be the case at least between NVIDIA and Samsung, who have finally decided to settle their differences outside of court. After more than a year of back and forth mudslinging and suits and countersuits, the two have agreed to a settlement that, among other things, involve a small amount of cross-licensing. Money might have been involved, too, but of course they're not going to say that.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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Craig Wright offers proof that he invented Bitcoin

Craig Wright offers proof that he invented Bitcoin

The first time we talked about a man called Craig Wright and his alleged ties to the cryptocurrency Bitcoin was in December 2015 when word surfaced that Australian police had raided a home that he and his wife had rented. Apparently, Wright and his wife had already moved and the raid reportedly had something to do with missed tax payments, not Bitcoin. Fast forward, several months and Wright has now publically identified himself as the creator of Bitcoin known as Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

In May 2015, Jawbone slapped Fitbit with a lawsuit over what it claimed was the latter company’s systematic ‘plundering’ of confidential company data by hiring now-former Jawbone employees. Such was the start of a long-running legal battle between Jawbone and Fitbit, one Jawbone has been given the go-ahead to pursue. Yesterday’s ruling wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Jawbone, though — Fitbit proved victorious in a spat that has resulted in some of Jawbone’s patents being invalidated, reducing the odds of Fitbit being hit with an import ban.

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Motorola hit with $5m lawsuit for poor warranty system

Motorola hit with $5m lawsuit for poor warranty system

It isn't uncommon to receive poor customer service and wish you could sue the offending party in response. What is sometimes rare is for customers to do exactly that, especially against a giant company. But that is exactly what is happening to Motorola, filed with a class action suit on behalf of a certain Douglas Lynch. His beef, which is echoed by many other customers, is over Motorola's "unfair, unscrupulous, immoral, and oppressive" business practices. Or to be more specific, for Motorola's failure to fulfill its own warranties.

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Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A parent lets their child play with a phone or tablet, only to find that their little darling managed to spend a large chunk of money on in-app purchases. Depending on just how much money was spent, this can be a pretty big problem. But the real question is who is to blame for this happening? A judge today ruled that when it comes to Amazon’s apps, they’re the ones at fault.

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Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

I'm the kind of person that gets on Facebook a few times a day, just to check up on the lives of my friends and family that I don't get to see very often. However, some for some people, social media is a deeply integrated part of their life, that they can't seem to go without for more than a short period of time. If you're one of those people, and you happen to get selected for jury duty, then you might find yourself having to pay a hefty fine.

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