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‘Freddy Got Fingered’ VHS rental from 2002 lands man in jail

‘Freddy Got Fingered’ VHS rental from 2002 lands man in jail

In this digital age, there's something that you don't really think about anymore. Late fees for video rentals. Sure, if you go to a Redbox and grab a DVD and forget about it, you'll still get hit with the fees, but at some point they just charge you for the DVD and that's the end of it. Now if you happened to rent a movie such as, oh I don't know, Freddy Got Fingered, back in 2002, failing to return it could land you in jail. And that's exactly what happened to one man in North Carolina.

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Google Maps error leads to wrong home being demolished

Google Maps error leads to wrong home being demolished

Don't you just hate it when you're trying to get to someplace new, but Google Maps leads you astray? For the most part, the service is pretty accurate, but every now and then, you'll end up at your supposed destination, only to find yourself in the wrong place. This happened recently to one demolition crew, only they didn't notice their error until is was too late.

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Man faces 44 years in jail for helping users circumvent UK censorship laws

Man faces 44 years in jail for helping users circumvent UK censorship laws

Proxy services have been in the news a fair bit this year, due largely in part to the fact that Netflix has been fighting against them. The reason is because they don't want their users accessing content that's not available in their country. However, in the UK, it turns out that running or assisting proxy sites can land you in some serious hot water.

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DoJ issues arrest warrants for alleged Syrian Electronic Army hackers

DoJ issues arrest warrants for alleged Syrian Electronic Army hackers

The Department of Justice has unsealed a pair of criminal complaints against three Syrian nationals said to be former and/or current members of the Syrian Electronic Army. The documents were unsealed in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, and detail charges of conspiracies related to computer hacking, says the DoJ. Joining them are alleged instances of a terrorist attack hoax, an attempt to cause mutiny in the U.S. military, and more.

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New Jersey bill proposes fine, jail for texting while walking

New Jersey bill proposes fine, jail for texting while walking

New Jersey is entertaining a new bill that, if passed, will make it illegal to text while walking in the state. The punishment could range from mild (a $50 fine) to relatively severe (15 days in jail), and aims to prevent injuries and mishaps resulting from inattentive pedestrians who fail to be mindful of their surroundings.

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Supreme Court will hear Samsung v. Apple design patent case

Supreme Court will hear Samsung v. Apple design patent case

In what is probably a historic decision, the US Supreme Court has agreed to take on Samsung's appeal in a patent design squabble it has been involved in with Apple for years now. Although Samsung agreed to pay the hefty million dollar sum Apple was awarded in damages, it said it reserved the right to reimburse that amount should a higher court, like the SC, overturn it. But more than just the specifics of this particular case itself, the the very fact that the Supreme Court will be hearing it is, in itself, a legal landmark.

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FBI says it may have a way to access shooter’s iPhone

FBI says it may have a way to access shooter’s iPhone

Surprise! The FBI has made a big production of trying to force Apple’s hand in unlocking an iPhone, Apple has waged a big legal battle to keep the government out of its users’ phones, and Snowden has claimed the FBI has been able to unlock the phone all along. It’s a revolving circus of serious litigation and possible precedent-setting court rulings, and it has just presented a big plot twist: the FBI may have just found a way to crack the iPhone, a new court document reveals.

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FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to a handful of Android app developers using controversial software that could invade users' privacy without their knowledge. Known as "SilverPush," the advertising framework can use an Android device's microphone to listen for television shows in the background, in turn providing third-party advertisers with information on users' viewing habits.

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German court says Apple infringed on OpenTV streaming patent

German court says Apple infringed on OpenTV streaming patent

You win some, you lose some. Apple has been both on the giving as well as the receiving end of patent infringement lawsuits. And it doesn't always win those. In Germany, the Dusseldorf District Court ruled that Apple infringed on patents held by Swiss company Kudelski and its OpenTV unit. These patents relate to video streaming technologies and, as such, Apple is being ordered not to use such software in its devices sold in Germany, including iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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Apple amps up the rhetoric in latest response to DOJ

Apple amps up the rhetoric in latest response to DOJ

Apple has just filed a legal response to the Justice Department's response to Apple's response to the court order on behalf of the Justice Department. That simplified yet still confusing chronology of legal filings only shows the circus surrounding the tussle between Apple and government agencies, specifically the FBI, over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. After being on the receiving end of some colorful remarks from the DOJ, Apple's latest legal statement fires back by saying how the Founding Fathers would be appalled by the DOJ's order.

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Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

If you weren't already convinced one way or the other about the Apple FBI encryption case, today "Last Week Tonight" will do that job for you. John Oliver tackles encryption, showing how the situation has played out so far and how absurd everything has been. In this Last Week Tonight, like all Last Week Tonight episodes, Oliver not only takes the case and makes it all simple enough for any person to understand, he drops the mic at the end as well.

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