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Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Fitness app Pact wants to help users reach fitness goals by using a cash incentive...or at least it says it wants to. The app works by charging users if they don't meet their weekly fitness goals and rewarding them with money if they do meet their goals. Allegations made by the FTC allege that things have worked differently in reality, and Pact will pay $940,000 as a result.

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Escobar family seeks $1b from Netflix over Narcos trademarks

Escobar family seeks $1b from Netflix over Narcos trademarks

Netflix is facing a trademark dispute with the family of Pablo Escobar, the subject of its popular series Narcos. Escobar's brother Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria is seeking a billion-dollar payment from Netflix over its alleged intellectual property violations. In return, and based on a legal letter that recently leaked, it seems Netflix's own lawyers are threatening to slap the Escobar family with its own lawsuit.

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Uber loses London license

Uber loses London license

In an unexpected blow to Uber, the city of London has refused to reissue its license to operate, over concerns that its ride-sharing service "is not fit and proper." The decision will mean that, after Uber's current license expires on September 30, 2017, Uber will not be able to run its business in the UK's capital city. At its heart, the decision comes down to ongoing controversies about driver background disclosures and how Uber has used tools to make regulatory monitoring more difficult.

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Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook has revealed that it will provide Congress with the advertisements that were purchase by the Russian entity Internet Research Agency throughout 2015 to 2017. The advertisements came to light a couple weeks ago when Facebook revealed that the Russian agency had bought in excess of 3,000 ads targeting both political and social issues in the United States.

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FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

The FTC has just bucked its own trend, eschewing its tendency to avoid talking about on-going investigations so that it could talk about one investigation in particular: its own probe into the Equifax data breach. The breach is a severe one, potentially affecting approximately 143 million people throughout the US and select other locations.

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Sen. Franken quizzes Apple over Face ID: how secure is it?

Sen. Franken quizzes Apple over Face ID: how secure is it?

Senator Al Franken has sent an enquiring email to Apple CEO Tim Cook requesting additional information about the Face ID technology the company unveiled on Tuesday. Face ID replaces Touch ID on Apple's new iPhone X handset, and is said to protect user data using technologies that detect the handset owner's face. As Franken puts it in his letter: "substantial questions remain."

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ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

Controversy over warrantless laptop and smartphone searches at the border abound, and now the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are going after the Department of Homeland Security over it. Both organizations have filed a lawsuit against the DHS on behalf of 11 people -- 10 US citizens and one green card holder -- who were subjected to these warrantless devices search when attempting to enter the US from abroad.

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Translation website exposes trove of sensitive documents to public

Translation website exposes trove of sensitive documents to public

A major privacy issue surrounding the website Translate.com has highlighted the need to be careful about which online services you use for sensitive information. Translate.com, as its name suggests, is an online destination where anyone can translate text from one language to another. It recently came to light that Translate has left countless private documents exposed on the Internet.

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Equifax data breach: The shocking security just got worse

Equifax data breach: The shocking security just got worse

Another Equifax portal was found to be negligent in keeping up with security protocol this week. This portal was discovered by Hold Security LLC, which found a new online portal for Equifax employees to manage credit report disputes (with personal info inside). This portal was guarded only by a single name/password digital doorway whose name and password were both "admin".

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Kodi battles trademark trolls trying to profit from free software

Kodi battles trademark trolls trying to profit from free software

Following its transformation from XMBC, the free media software now known as Kodi has caught the public's attention in a big way. Though some know it simply as that thing that can be used to pirate movies, the software has overall become a favorite among those who want a central location for all their media, one that can run on just about any device. And that's where the 'trademark trolls' come in.

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Steam banned in Malaysia over religious-themed fighting game

Steam banned in Malaysia over religious-themed fighting game

Steam was temporarily banned across the country of Malaysia on Friday after a new fighting game on the service was found to be in violation of local laws. The Malaysian government ordered a nationwide block on Steam as the game called Fight of Gods did not adhere to religious-and-racial-unity laws, and was a threat to "racial unity and harmony."

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UN proposes global drone registry for tracking UAVs around the world

UN proposes global drone registry for tracking UAVs around the world

The UN's Civil Aviation Organization has proposed a global drone registry that would have drones from all over the world registered in a single database. This would represent a massive increase over the thus far limited registries that exist in some individual countries, though each country would have to make the decision over whether it is interested in participating in this global database. Such a plan could pave the way for more uniform regulations surrounding drone usage.

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