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Saygus vPhone $10M fraud: Here’s how Sayers spent the money

Saygus vPhone $10M fraud: Here’s how Sayers spent the money

Back about 8 years ago, Android phones of all sorts were being revealed and released by so many companies, they were coming out of the woodwork. The brand Saygus was one of these many "we have an Android too" phone companies, and the "Vphone" was what the company offered... but never delivered. Fast forward to the year 2021 and the creator of Saygus, one Chad Sayers, is at the receiving end of a lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice for $10 million USD in Securities fraud.

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iPhone’s most unique feature could be axed if EU has its way

iPhone’s most unique feature could be axed if EU has its way

A new law could be put in place soon that'd effectively force Apple to change the way the iPhone connects to computers physically. This might be a non-issue if Apple ever decides to move away from the physical connector cord in favor of an all-wireless system, but for now - all eyes are on Lightning. The European Commission is expected next month to present their newest attempt at legislation that'd make one common cord the law for smartphones across the board.

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Zoom agrees $85m settlement over Zoombombing and privacy lawsuit

Zoom agrees $85m settlement over Zoombombing and privacy lawsuit

Zoom may have been the darling of pandemic video calling, but a "Zoombombing" lawsuit has cost the company $85 million after users complained that their data wasn't being sufficiently safeguarded. While video conferencing saw a huge uptick as people worked remotely and schools shifted to online learning, so too did cases of Zoom calls being accessed unofficially and disrupted.

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Tim Cook slams sideloading law idea: Not in “best interest” of iPhone users

Tim Cook slams sideloading law idea: Not in “best interest” of iPhone users

Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out against proposed tech regulation that would leave iPhone owners able to install apps from outside of the App Store, as the Cupertino firm comes under increasing pressure around its vice grip on smartphone software. The proposed law, known as DMA, would force companies with big platforms - like Apple, Amazon, and Google - to open up more for European customers.

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Twitch ban hammer now avenges users in the physical world

Twitch ban hammer now avenges users in the physical world

The video game streaming platform Twitch just fired a warning shot at all would-be harassers of Twitch users both on and offline. They've updated the way their "off-service enforcement" policy is written, splitting into two categories. Category one covers someone harassed on Twitch as well as off Twitch. Category two covers serious misconduct that poses a substantial safety risk to the Twitch community "even if these actions occur entirely off Twitch."

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Valve lawsuit loss means this Steam Controller cost $4-million

Valve lawsuit loss means this Steam Controller cost $4-million

The folks at SCUF and Ironburg Inventions sued Valve a few years ago for patent infringement. They claimed that Valve's "Steam Controller" was made without the proper paperwork, working with SCUF to license their patents for back-facing paddle controls. But wait, you might be saying, the Steam Controller isn't the only controller with back-facing paddles, right? You're right!

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Massachusetts overwhelmingly approves the Right to Repair Law for vehicles

Massachusetts overwhelmingly approves the Right to Repair Law for vehicles

Over the last several years, many consumers have been angered to find that according to manufacturers of devices ranging from smartphones to vehicles, the owner has very little right to repair their property. In Massachusetts, voters have overwhelmingly approved a ballot item known as Question 1 or the Right to Prepare Law Vehicle Data Access Requirement Initiative. It passed this week, with 74.8 percent of Massachusetts voters approving it.

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TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

A legal document released this week showed TikTok argue in court that "a wide swath" of the content on their platform has "no economic value at all." This was part of a request for injunction VS Donald Trump and the US government's order to stop TikTok operations in the United States. The executive order signed by Trump called upon IEEPA - which they pointed out cannot regulate or prohibit (directly or indirectly) any personal communication "which does not involve a transfer of anything of value."

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Epic claims Apple threat to remove Unreal Engine from iOS, macOS

Epic claims Apple threat to remove Unreal Engine from iOS, macOS

Today the Apple vs Epic Games war is ramping up a bit, with Epic claiming that Apple is about to ban Unreal Engine from all Apple platforms. Epic broke Apple's rules by placing in-app purchases in their game Fortnite, resulting in Apple removing the game Fortnite from their app store. Apple apparently also aims to remove all Epic Games software from their platforms, including development tools for Unreal Engine.

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Apple App Store, Google Play Store face new rules in Europe

Apple App Store, Google Play Store face new rules in Europe

Apps, be it native or web-based, are the bread and butter of the smartphone experience, making app stores the gatekeepers to that mobile world. These stores have lately come under greater scrutiny, for their alleged anti-competitive practices, unfair revenue splits, or unreasonable decisions. The European Union has just published new rules that will make app stores give developers fairer treatment or at least a fighting chance at appealing their case.

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The Face Mask Exempt Card con and the group behind it

The Face Mask Exempt Card con and the group behind it

There's a printable "Face Mask Exempt Card" out in the wild that the official United States Department of Justice just called out. The card looks semi-legitimate, especially if the person showing the card has a laminating machine - but it's absolutely unofficial an unenforceable in any legal capacity. As noted by the Department of Justice, the card may include a message suggesting that exemption from face mask rules is allowed because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - but it's all a sham.

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Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

A "legal blueprint for mining on the moon" was tipped to be in the works in the White House under the U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords. A report this week suggests that a draft pact has not yet been "formally shared" with any U.S. allies as of yet. This agreement would be made in association with NASA and ideally agreed upon by by government officials around the world.

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