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Mongolia’s stolen T-Rex finally headed home: one year later

Mongolia’s stolen T-Rex finally headed home: one year later

Just under one year ago, the story of a $1 million dollar Tyrannosaurus Rex made its way across newslines due to its rarity and the fact that it'd been stolen from Mongolia. Fast forward to now and this Tarbosaurus Bataar thunder lizard is finally headed back to its home, the until-recently holder of this collection of fossils headed to court with a collection of charges against him. Eric Prokopi is not having a good day today.

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Opera sues former employee for giving trade secrets to Firefox devs

Opera sues former employee for giving trade secrets to Firefox devs

Makers of the Opera web browser have sued a former employee claiming that he took the trade secrets that was given at Opera and used them at Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser. The man being accused, Trond Werner Hansen, left Opera in 2006, but returned in 2009 and 2010 as a consultant.

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ACLU: CISPA bill essentially dead

ACLU: CISPA bill essentially dead

The controversial CISPA bill recently passed through the House of Representatives with flying colors, and it's now in the Senate, where it will then be passed on to the President if the bill passes in the Senate. However, many groups and organizations are almost positive that the bill will be vetoed in the Senate, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Google sees record increase in government takedown requests

Google sees record increase in government takedown requests

Google released its seventh transparency report today, which highlights the number of takedown requests that Google receives on a bi-yearly basis. This time around, Google received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content off of Google's search engine between July 2012 and December 2012, which is a record high.

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Apple fined $118,000 for China copyright infringement

Apple fined $118,000 for China copyright infringement

Apple has been ordered by a Chinese court to compensate three Chinese writers for infringing their copyrights. Apple made the authors' books available in iBooks without first seeking their permission. The Cupertino-based company will have to pay up 730,000 Yuan ($118,000) to the three writers for copyright infringement.

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New legislation aims for subsidized broadband in low-income homes

New legislation aims for subsidized broadband in low-income homes

In an effort to update the FCC's long-running Lifeline program that helps put telephone access in low-income homes, a new piece of legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives that would aim to give low-income homes the opportunity for unsubsidized broadband internet access.

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House passes CISPA bill with flying colors

House passes CISPA bill with flying colors

After being squashed in the Senate last year, the CISPA bill has made a reappearance in the House of Representatives once again, and it passed with flying colors. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, as it's called, passed in the House by a majority vote of 288 to 127. It's now on to the Senate to get a yea or nay.

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Facebook partnering with attorneys general for privacy awareness

Facebook partnering with attorneys general for privacy awareness

Let's face it: Facebook privacy is something of a misnomer -- it's hard to use "Facebook" and "privacy" in the same sentence without it being considered negative. However, the social networking giant knows it, and it has announced that it will be partnering up with 19 state attorneys general in order to raise awareness for teen privacy on Facebook.

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Google issues settlement terms to the European Union

Google issues settlement terms to the European Union

Google has issued some new settlement terms to EU regulators to make sure that its search engine is much more competition-friendly. According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, Google's proposal was submitted last week, and will alter the way the search engine will look in Europe (it will look the same as it does now everywhere else in the world). If approved, Google would be bound to this proposal for 5 years, and it would be monitored by a 3rd party to ensure its following through with the terms.

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Google hands over concessions to EU following complaints

Google hands over concessions to EU following complaints

Google has been in a lot of deep trouble with the European Union over the past several years, almost to the point where we think that the search giant will never learn its lesson. However, it seems like the company is coming around, and they have officially handed in formal concessions to the EU in hopes to avoid a steep fine.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk urging lawmakers to allow direct auto sales in Texas

Tesla CEO Elon Musk urging lawmakers to allow direct auto sales in Texas

Tesla Motors currently has over 50 locations around the world, and it seems that the company wants to focus on sales in the US. However, the only state that isn't allowing Tesla to build their own dealerships in Texas. In the Lonestar State, the law says that auto makers must go through a third party in order to sell its vehicles, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't want it that way.

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California bans using hands-on GPS while driving

California bans using hands-on GPS while driving

Text messaging while driving is quickly making its way into law books across the US, and so is even talking on your phone. However, that leaves a bit of a gray area as far as using maps and GPS on your smartphone, but the State of California has cleared up the confusion and officially made it a law that you can't use the GPS function on your smartphone unless it's hands-free.

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