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Judge rules Uber CEO must face antitrust lawsuit

Judge rules Uber CEO must face antitrust lawsuit

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick must face an antitrust lawsuit over alleged price-fixing, a judge has ruled. Uber itself was not named in the lawsuit, which claims Kalanick conspired with drivers to charge prices determined by an algorithm (in the Uber app), as well as hiked rates known as surge pricing. Efforts were made to have the lawsuit dismissed, but presiding U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has given it the go-ahead.

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FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

FCC’s Lifeline now subsidizes Internet for low-income Americans

The FCC has voted in favor of expanding Lifeline, a phone subsidy program that has been around for the last thirty or so years. Under this expansion, low-income individuals and families will be able to get subsidized high-speed Internet service, an essential service in the modern world. The Lifeline program will cover bundled Internet-and-voice services, as well as Internet-only services.

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Soccer legend Pele sues Samsung over lookalike ad

Soccer legend Pele sues Samsung over lookalike ad

Soccer legend Pele has filed a lawsuit against Samsung over a lookalike actor used in some of its UHD TV advertisements. The ads were run in the New York Times, and reportedly features a man who “very closely resembles” Pele, as well as a soccer player performing a move that he is well known for. The lawsuit is looking for a minimum of $30 million, and was filed recently in the U.S. District Court in Chicago.

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The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

Volkswagen's dieselgate fall-out woes continue, with the news today that yet another US government agency is suing the automaker over its diesel adverts. VW has admitted to fitting a "defeat device" to hundreds of thousands of cars, artificially reducing emissions when the car spotted it was being tested but then pushing out exponentially more nitrogen oxide than regulations permit under normal use.

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New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.

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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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