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Twitter adds new feature for reporting tweets to police

Twitter adds new feature for reporting tweets to police

Among Twitter's latest efforts to combat trolls and the other abusive users on its platform is a new method for reporting threats to the police. The social network has just rolled out the feature, adding it as an option on the screen that is presented when filing a report about a threatening tweet. The new feature is available today, and utilizes the user's own email address to provide a stock notice for law enforcement containing all of the relevant information.

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Lyft sued by drivers claiming they were stiffed out of bonuses

Lyft sued by drivers claiming they were stiffed out of bonuses

If you've toyed with the idea of driving for Lyft, arguably the second best-known ridesharing service, there's a good chance you've seen some sort of incentive, such as a promised bonus for signing on or, if you're an existing driver, a bonus for getting someone else to sign up. Some drivers are complaining that they've been stiffed out of the bonuses they were promised, however, and now two have had a lawsuit against the company filed on their behalf in California.

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Lawsuit against Facebook over kids’ purchases to proceed

Lawsuit against Facebook over kids’ purchases to proceed

Facebook has to face up to a class-action lawsuit from parents whose children made purchases on the social network without their permission, a judge has ruled. The order came today from U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, who gave the go-ahead to the class-action lawsuit seeking alterations to how Facebook goes about kids' transactions. The lawsuit will not, however, be able to go after a refund -- those who are looking to get a refund will need to go after that alone.

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FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

DirecTV has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading customers. The advertising in question was DirecTV's 12-month discount package. The plan was advertised as costing only $19.95, but obscured from customers was the fact that a 2-year contract was needed to get deal. Even more astounding is that the FTC alleges that DirecTV charged customers for premium channels after a 3-month trial period, and DirecTV never told customers that they needed to cancel these channels in order to avoid being charged automatically.

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Uber, Lyft strike out in ruling on drivers’ worker status

Uber, Lyft strike out in ruling on drivers’ worker status

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services like them depend on the drivers that make their services what they are, and those drivers aren't terribly happy. They get paid as independent contractors, which means they do not enjoy employment benefits and must pay self-employment taxes, as well as vehicular maintenance, something that cuts heavily into their pay. Many drivers say that they should be classified as employees and have sought legal help in the matter, and the companies have, of course, pushed back against this, seeking a ruling that the workers are, indeed, contractors. The latest ruling in the matter is yet again not in the companies' favor.

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NSA sued over surveillance by Wikimedia & more

NSA sued over surveillance by Wikimedia & more

The NSA may be used to lurking in the shadows and quietly reading our emails, but the ACLU and Wikimedia Foundation aren't willing to let them stay that way, filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government agency's actions. The suit, filed today in the US District Court for the District of Maryland, takes issue with NSA "upstream" surveillance which, it's argued, needlessly and intrusively gathers huge quantities of text-based messages sent and received by innocent people. That, the ACLU insists, is an infringement of both First and Fourth Amendment rights, among other things.

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USPTO’s new director is former Googler Michelle Lee

USPTO’s new director is former Googler Michelle Lee

We have been hearing rumbles for a long while now that former Google executive Michelle Lee could become the new head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and after a couple years of waiting, the news has become official. Back in October 2014, the Obama administration nominated Lee for the position, and as of today the Senate has confirmed her new role. Among other things, Lee previously served as the lead of Google's patents and patent strategy department.

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Three foreigners charged with massive email breach in US

Three foreigners charged with massive email breach in US

There is that saying about the long arm of the law and the places that it reaches. Considering how this latest cyber crime case practically covers three countries both near and far from the US, that might very well be applicable here. Several agencies of the US government made a joint announcement revealing some of the details that concerns two Vietnamese nationals and one Canadian who have been involved in one of the most massive case of email hacking and spam in the history of the US.

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The remainder of Silk Road’s bitcoins have been sold

The remainder of Silk Road’s bitcoins have been sold

Remember the trove of bitcoins nabbed from the illicit underground market Silk Road? The US Marshals have been slowly auctioning them off in batches, something we've been reporting on over past months. The end of this week saw yet another bitcoin batch auction, but it was more notable for one big reason: it was the last of them. The auction took place on March 5 starting at 8AM, with registered bidders being able to email in bids for a batch of 50,000 bitcoins (split up into smaller blocks). Who bought the digital currency has not been revealed.

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Judge grants $415 million settlement in anti-poaching suit against tech companies

Judge grants $415 million settlement in anti-poaching suit against tech companies

We've brought you news about Apple's lawsuits over patent infringement before. This latest lawsuit is from the other side of the industry. This time, workers from various tech companies including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., and Adobe Systems Inc. have come forward saying that these companies made illegal agreements with each other not to hire new employees coming from one of the said companies. This effectively ended the ability for all of those employees to leverage outside opportunities for better positions within their own companies.

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