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President Obama’s war against patent trolls gets lawmaker support

President Obama’s war against patent trolls gets lawmaker support

A few days ago, the Obama administration announced that they would be cracking down on patent abusers by making some changes to the US Patent and Trademark Office, as well as get the International Trade Commission involved to help fight against frivolous complaints by tech companies to get import bans on competitor products. Several lawmakers are joining the war as well, urging the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on patent trolls.

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President Obama aims to put an end to patent trolling

President Obama aims to put an end to patent trolling

We're pretty familiar with patent trolls around here, mostly because the technology industry is filled with them. However, President Obama wants to take executive action in order to cut down on patent abuse in the system. It's reported that the White House will reveal its plans tomorrow that includes some changes being made to the Patent and Trademark Office.

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FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

It's been quite the journey for Mega founder Kim Dotcom, but it seems like things are slowly coming to a conclusion. The High Court of New Zealand has ordered the FBI to return confiscated hard drives that were taken from Dotcom's home when it was initially raided last year. They have also ordered the US government to destroy all copies that they might have archived.

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US Transportation Department backs self-driving cars

US Transportation Department backs self-driving cars

While self-driving cars have faced a bit of controversy amongst the general public, it seems the government likes the idea for the most part. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is a branch of the US Department of Transportation, has released a policy that looks to fast-track the development and testing of self-driving cars.

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Vice President Biden wants to levy tax on makers of violent media

Vice President Biden wants to levy tax on makers of violent media

We've heard a lot of about lawmakers wanting to levy a tax on violent video games and such, but today's news is a bit different. Vice President Biden (yes, the second most powerful person in the US) wants to levy a tax on media companies who make and distribute violent content, and the money from those taxes as proceeds for victims of violent crimes.

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Apple to add Samsung Galaxy S 4 to upcoming patent trial

Apple to add Samsung Galaxy S 4 to upcoming patent trial

It's well established that Apple and Samsung have been in a legal cat fight for a while now, and while things seemed to have settled down for a bit, both companies are at it again. Apple and Samsung will be going to court next year in the spring for what will be the second patent trial between the two companies, and the Cupertino-based company is looking to add the new Galaxy S 4 to the mix.

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New York calls on Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung to cut down on phone theft

New York calls on Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung to cut down on phone theft

Mobile phone theft is nothing new, and it happens more often than we think. In New York, especially, is where mobile phone thefts were said to be responsible for the city's increase in crime. As public safety officials continue to battle thefts, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent an open letter to Apple, Google (including Motorola), Microsoft, and Samsung to see if they can help to cut down on phone theft.

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Police iPhone decryption sees high demand, Apple makes them wait

Police iPhone decryption sees high demand, Apple makes them wait

It turns out that the security features on the iPhone are so robust, that police are unable to decrypt them in order to gain access to possibly crucial information on suspects' devices. This has led to federal agencies getting a hold of Apple in order to decrypt iPhones for them, but it turns out that so many devices are being requested for decryption, that Apple had to make a waiting list.

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Apple demanding Android source code in Samsung lawsuit

Apple demanding Android source code in Samsung lawsuit

The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung is heating up yet again. This time around, Apple is turning to Google and has requested that they hand over various Android source code documents. Apple claims that Google is withholding information relating to Android, and says that Android is used in all of Samsung’s infringing products, which "provides much of the accused functionality."

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EA no longer paying gun makers for naming rights

EA no longer paying gun makers for naming rights

In an effort to slowly cut ties with various gun and weapon manufacturers, it's reported that Electronic Arts will stop paying gun makers for the privilege of using real gun names in their video games, but will still continue to use real names without paying for the naming rights, saying that they retain the right to depict real guns without a license.

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Casinos banning Google Glass over cheating threat

Casinos banning Google Glass over cheating threat

In a growing list of various locales that Google Glass has already been banned before its public release, casinos are starting to add on to that list. Caesers Palace in Las Vegas is the first major casino to prohibit Google Glass from being worn on the gambling floor to prevent cheating during casino games.

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White House hires Twitter legal director as chief privacy officer

White House hires Twitter legal director as chief privacy officer

The White House has hired its first ever chief privacy officer, and the the person to take the helm for the first time is Twitter's legal director Nicole Wong, who has over a decade of experience dealing with both copyright and privacy law. The appointment of a chief privacy officer comes at a curious time, when a handful of privacy bills are trying to make their way through Congress.

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