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Qualcomm fined $853M in South Korea for unfair practices

Qualcomm fined $853M in South Korea for unfair practices

Qualcomm may be the biggest name in the mobile application processor market, but that also means it's an even larger target of lawsuits, be it from other companies or even government agencies. in South Korea, for example, it just got slapped a hefty fine after being found guilty of antritrust violations. According to the country's antitrust watchdog, the chip maker exercised unfair business practices to gain a monopoly in the mobile market and edge out its rivals.

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Cuba’s first computer factory can make 120k tablets and laptops per year

Cuba’s first computer factory can make 120k tablets and laptops per year

Cuba has announced the launch of its very first computer factory, a facility said to be able to produce up to 120,000 tablets and laptops every year. This marks the nation’s latest foray into technology, and will soon give residents a new way to get their hands on personal computing devices. Per a statement from state-run media, this facility will produce tablets and laptops featuring Intel hardware.

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Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat has wrapped up its very first major acquisition in Israel according to reports. The purchase was of a company that has been around for four years called Cimagine. Cimagine has an augmented reality platform that allows customers to visualize products they want to buy in their locations. According to Calcalist News, Snapchat plunked down $30 - $40 million for the company.

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Valve fined $2.2M in Australia over Steam refunds

Valve fined $2.2M in Australia over Steam refunds

If buying games digitally, either on PC or console, has taught us one thing, it's that the idea of refunds is quickly disappearing. That's not always the case outside the US, however, where some countries' consumer protection laws still enforce refunds on digital purchases. It seems gaming giant Valve is learning that lesson the hard way, as an Australian court has fined the company AUD$3 million (nearly US$2.2 million) for not offering refunds on Steam purchases for several years.

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KFC tests facial recognition ordering tech in China

KFC tests facial recognition ordering tech in China

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is no stranger to testing out unusual tech in its retail stores. There was that unusual chicken box, for example, that included a built-in battery for charging your phone, not to mention the edible nail polish. Now the company is back with yet another test, this one in collaboration with China' Baidu to launch facial recognition ordering technology at one of its stores in China.

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Uber is moving its self-driving cars from California to Arizona

Uber is moving its self-driving cars from California to Arizona

Following a spat with the California DMV, Uber has announced that its self-driving cars are inbound for Arizona, where the company will resume its self-driving pilot with “the support of Governor Ducey.” The vehicles left for Arizona this morning via a truck, though it isn’t clear where exactly in Arizona they will be deployed, nor when the pilot project will resume. The move follows California's DMV revoking the cars' registration.

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GameStop taps Playwire to launch in-store television ads

GameStop taps Playwire to launch in-store television ads

GameStop has tapped Playwire Media to bring in-store advertisements to GameStop TV, the media content you find playing on the retail stores' televisions. According to Playwire, the nearly four thousand GameStop stores throughout the United States feature at least one television playing GameStop TV. Thanks to this partnership, Playwire will exclusively provide non-endemic advertising for GameStop TV.

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These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

It's a strange list of patents that Nokia is suing Apple over - and not a list we'd have expected would have come so late in the game. Nokia's set of suits have been filed in the United States and Germany, for starters - they suggest they'll go further in the near future. At the same time Apple is suing Nokia for what they suggest is an effort to "extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones."

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Google sued for encouraging employees to spy on each other

Google sued for encouraging employees to spy on each other

“Don’t be evil.” That’s supposedly Google’s corporate motto but as many would attest, it might simply be Google poking fun at the very idea of doing nothing evil. Because that is precisely what Google is usually caught doing, depending on who you ask. If you ask a former Google product manager, that is definitely the case as far as California labor laws are concerned. Suing his former employer, this ex-Google drone claims Google implements shady confidentiality practices, including encouraging its minions to rat out each other.

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European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

The European Commission has accused Facebook of having ‘provided incorrect or misleading’ info during its probe into the company’s merger with WhatsApp a couple years ago. The issue appears to stem from Facebook’s claim that it couldn’t ‘establish reliable automated matching between’ Facebook accounts and WhatsApp accounts, something at odds with WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy and TOS presented this past August.

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BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry has announced its new QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center, AVIC for short. This innovation center is a research epicenter within the company for developing autonomous technologies related to vehicles, something it will do in partnership with some automakers and independently. The new research center was announced by BlackBerry CEO John Chen alongside Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today. Among the stated goals are plans to tap local software engineers who will be tasked with existing and new self-driving car projects.

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Volkswagen commits to $200M payment to reduce US pollution

Volkswagen commits to $200M payment to reduce US pollution

Volkswagen remains eager to move past the dieselgate scandal and begin regaining its reputation. But while the German car maker has already reached buyback settlements for owners, there's still the matter of all the damage to the environment VW's vehicles have caused by way of skirting emissions laws. To help address this, the company has pledged to make a $200 million payment to a fund intended to fighting diesel pollution.

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