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Samsung chief’s arrest, bribery, corruption, scandal, and a horse (Made Easy)

Samsung chief’s arrest, bribery, corruption, scandal, and a horse (Made Easy)

Samsung is involved in an alleged bribery scandal that includes the president of South Korea, $36m in funds, and an equestrian horse. The scandal involves Samsung's de-facto leader Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay Y. Lee), the grandson of the founder of the company*. It also involves South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her suspension from power amid impeachment proceedings - also as a result of bribery schemes involving "dozens of Korean companies".

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Apple moves to block proposed “Right to Repair” law

Apple moves to block proposed “Right to Repair” law

It might sometimes be amusing to watch or read about teardowns from the likes of iFixit, but those aren't done for entertainment's sake. The content found on the group's website is geared towards helping users, at least the more advanced ones, do repairs of devices on their own. That, however, is against the wishes, not to mention explicit warnings, of manufacturers like Apple, who are now trying to block proposed laws that would apply the "right to repair" to electronic devices like smartphones.

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Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed

Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed

While recent events are still fresh in the memory and lives of those in the US, a new but related matter might rock the boat even more. Especially for those in the tech who are still in the middle of a tussle with the government. The House of Representatives has just voted to pass a bill that will require search warrants even for old emails. But while considered a win for privacy advocates, the bill could still be blocked in the Senate, just as it was last year.

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EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

EU probes Valve, game publishers over Steam region blocking

Digital copies are games are quite convenient. Without the need for physical access, they are easier to distribute and can reach as many as possible. In theory, of course. In practice, however, games don’t always reach all countries, even countries that belong to the same region. That situation has prompted the European Commission, the European Union’s legislative body, to take a closer look into the business of “geo-blocking” games practiced by Steam owner Valve and five game publishers to see if this almost ordinary way of doing things is, in fact, an anti-competitive practice.

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Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Is it illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone without a headset in your state? Driving laws related to smartphone and cell phone use - or mobile phone use, if that's what you want to call it - vary greatly. Individual states change regulations on cell phone use while driving every once in a while - it's a state's issue, not federal, after all. What we're looking at is the laws that apply to each of our 50 United States as of the month of publication of this article - and updates may be applied, but will be noted.

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Apple files 2 suits VS Qualcomm in Beijing, Qualcomm responds

Apple files 2 suits VS Qualcomm in Beijing, Qualcomm responds

This afternoon the folks at Qualcomm have issued a statement on their current state of legal affairs with Apple in China. They suggest that they have not seen the legal complaints issued by Apple, regardless of the Beijing court's press release. Apple's statement on the situation says that they have had disagreements with Qualcomm about royalty costs for technology licenses for many years, and have just recently found it necessary to seek assistance from the courts.

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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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South Korea’s new signs warn against smartphone use while walking

South Korea’s new signs warn against smartphone use while walking

Texting while driving is outlawed in several places because of the life-threatening consequences of such actions, both for the driver and others around him. Texting while walking, on the other hand, is now almost just as dangerous and, in fact, is starting to become illegal in certain places. While South Korea isn't yet taking such extreme measures, the country's capital will be installing new traffic signs that inform, warn, and hopefully admonish pedestrians not to use their smartphones while walking, or, worse, crossing the street.

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UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

Apple may have scored somewhat of a victory in the name of security and privacy in the UK just as it somewhat did in the US just recently. December last year, Apple voiced out its concerns over the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that would require companies to have backdoors to encrypted systems so that government access could be granted any time. That bill has now been passed by the UK's House of Commons but removes the sections that make such backdoors necessary, thanks partly to the opposition of companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others.

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Automakers to NHTSA on self-driving cars: slow down

Automakers to NHTSA on self-driving cars: slow down

It is almost ironic. After Obama's State of the Union address early this year, the government has committed itself to kickstart the nation's journey towards self-driving cars, almost in start contrast to the uncertainty looming over law makers' and authorities' heads over those driverless vehicles. Now, however, a global group of car makers are advising the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take things slowly and ease up on the now aggressive push to write up regulations that would prove to be actually harmful to the industry in the long run.

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ZTE faces US export restrictions for violating Iran ban

ZTE faces US export restrictions for violating Iran ban

Chinese smartphone OEMs already have a hard time breaking into the US market, but ZTE might soon find itself in more trouble than just smartphone sales in the US. According to some documents allegedly seen by Reuters, the US Commerce Department is about to impose some rather heavy restrictions on the company that will basically make it almost impossible for ZTE to get supplies from US companies. This export restriction will be a sanction against ZTE for allegedly violating the export control on shipping US technologies to Iran in 2012.

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Apple speaks with congress, FBI continues fear-mongering

Apple speaks with congress, FBI continues fear-mongering

This afternoon the FBI and Apple spoke before a congressional panel regarding iPhone encryption. This case has to do with unlocking a singe iPhone, says the FBI, one owned by a San Bernardino shooter. After a New York Magistrate Judge (James Orenstein) ruled against the FBI on compelling Apple to unlock this iPhone, the FBI and Apple went to congress to continue to speak on the issue. Apple's arguments have been straightforward. The FBI's arguments have stacked with fear mongering statements aplenty.

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