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NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA's hopes to tie up Samsung and Qualcomm in an expensive sales ban over mobile graphics chips has hit a roadblock. The company had sought an injunction from the United States International Trade Commission, alleging that rival chipmakers were infringing on its graphics patents with silicon found inside - among others - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

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Uber’s hack investigation tipped to include Lyft element

Uber revealed back in February that it has suffered a data breach involving driver data; that breach was first discovered in September 2014, and had taken place in May of last year. An investigation into the hack has been ongoing since, and has taken an interesting turn. In a report that surfaced today, sources alleged that Uber has narrowed down a possible source to a Comcast IP, and that Comcast IP reportedly belongs to a Lyft executive.

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FAA suggests $1.9m fine against SkyPan over drone operations

The Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that SkyPan International Inc. be hit with a $1.9 million civil penalty over its alleged drone-based violations of airspace regulations. Between March 2012 and December 2014, the company allegedly performed 65 UAS operations without permission, doing so in “some of our most congest airspace and heavily popular cities,” according to the FAA.

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FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

Following AT&T's letter to the FCC last week essentially tattling on rivals T-Mobile and Sprint for offering WiFi calling without actual permission, the carrier has announced that it was finally granted its waiver from the government organization, and can also launch its own WiFi calling in the right and clear. According to the FCC's rules, a waiver is required in order offer WiFi calling, as the feature does not support teletypewriter (TTY) for those with hearing impairments, something else the FCC enforces.

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Potential chaos as US snooping snipes US-Europe data deal

US government snooping has scuppered a controversial agreement between the United States and Europe, which for 15 years had allowed liberal data transfer across the Atlantic. The Safe Harbour system had been established by the European Commission between 1998 and 2000, allowing US companies to register their data protection certification as equal and equivalent to that demanded by EU law.

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EU court declares US Safe Harbor Decision invalid

A system has been in pace to assist companies who operate in Europe and the US called Safe Harbor. The framework for Safe Harbor was set up fifteen years ago and allows companies who have operations in both Europe and the US to easily transfer data between the two distant locations. A new decision by an EU court of Justice has now declared Safe Harbor invalid.

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AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

Apple's iOS 9 and new iPhones now have support for WiFi calling, a feature that lets users place voice calls over a WiFi connection instead of using cellular. US carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have already launched the feature on their networks, but some are wondering why AT&T hasn't when it was expected to debut with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Well, as AT&T is putting it, their rivals have implemented WiFi calling without the approval of the FCC.

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Self-driving taxis will be tested in Japan next year

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan will test self-driving taxis on public roads. The testing will begin next year thanks to new approval from the Japanese government. The cars will be tested in Fujisawa, which is near Tokyo; 50 or so local residents will be sought as volunteers to take rides within the autonomous vehicles. Such an effort will be used to further refine the technology so it can, if all goes as planned, show it off during the Olympics.

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Samsung TVs in Europe allegedly game efficiency testing [Updated]

With all the drama about VW gaming efficiency tests in the US for its diesel cars, it looks like a crack down on manufacturers trying to skirt testing might happen across multiple markets. Samsung is allegedly using a defeat device on some of the TVs it sells in Europe to defeat official efficiency testing. Independent lab tests have found that some of the Samsung offerings available in Europe use less energy in official testing that they do in the real world.

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GAO audit finds federal networks still vulnerable to attack

It has been an embarrassing year for the U.S. government, at least as far as network security goes. Various government agencies have revealed massive data breaches, including the IRS, which left hundreds of thousands of tax payers vulnerable, and the Office of Personnel Management, which had data on millions of federal workers compromised. Agencies have vowed to increase their network security as a result, but a new audit reveals that many still remain vulnerable.

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Google facing US antitrust investigation over Android

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the FTC and US Justice Department are launching an investigation into Google's anti-competitive behavior over Android. Regulators are said to have spoken with several of Google's rivals, discovering that the company limits competitor’s access to the mobile operating system in order favor its own apps and services, including Gmail, Chrome, and Maps. The antitrust investigation will try to determine if Google has created a monopoly that puts rivals at a disadvantage.

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GrubHub and more hit with suits challenging worker status

Joining the same ranks as Uber and Lyft, GrubHub and a couple other companies have been hit with lawsuits challenging worker status. It’s the latest legal matter challenging the sharing economy and its habit of labeling workers as independent contractors. In this case, the lawsuits claim DoorDash, GrubHub, and Caviar are misclassifying their delivery drivers, treating them like employees but classifying them as 1099 workers.

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