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Xiaomi will be removed from a US blacklist according to court documents

Xiaomi will be removed from a US blacklist according to court documents

A new report has surfaced that Xiaomi Corp. and the US government have come to an agreement that will remove the Chinese company from a blacklist it was placed on by President Trump. By being on that blacklist, Xiaomi was banned from any American investment and was unable to procure any hardware designed in the US. Earlier this year, the Chinese smartphone maker sued the US government after the US Department of Defense issued an order designating the firm as a Communist Chinese Military Company.

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Damning report says broadband industry behind huge Net Neutrality astroturfing

Damning report says broadband industry behind huge Net Neutrality astroturfing

Around 1 in 5 of the 22 million comments submitted to the FTC about ending Net Neutrality were real, a multi-year investigation has concluded, intended to give the false impression that the public supported the idea. A newly-published report by the New York Attorney General's Office blames the broadband industry for funding fake letters and impersonating real - and sometimes dead - Americans, in the hope of faking a wave of popular support.

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How Epic vs. Apple took us screaming into the future with Zoom

How Epic vs. Apple took us screaming into the future with Zoom

This morning a vast number of listeners were able to take part in the court case of the moment: Epic Games vs Apple. Because of a user error at the start of the audio broadcast of this court case, listeners were treated to a mass of sounds - yelling, screaming, music, and nonsense. This was because the call opened to all participants.

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Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

The European Commission has accused Apple of antitrust, alleging that its App Store rules rely on its "dominant position" to squeeze streaming music rivals like Spotify. The charges claim Apple's policies - in particular the 30-percent cut it takes on in-app subscriptions to competing streaming services - have led to an increase in prices paid by users in Europe. If found guilty of antitrust behaviors, Apple faces the potential of billions of dollars in fines.

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Amazon’s Ring sued by ADT over blue octagon design

Amazon’s Ring sued by ADT over blue octagon design

ADT is suing Amazon's Ring, with the home security company arguing that Ring's "blue octagon" is a blatant copy of the signage ADT has long used. Ring began using the blue octagon design earlier this year, featuring it on its outdoor siren and in a number of yard signs intended to make clear that a property is "Protected by Ring."

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FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

Just like IAPs or in-app transactions, loot boxes have become one of the "dirty words" in the gaming industry. Unlike other forms of microtransactions, however, loot boxes have also come under legal scrutiny. Companies like EA have even been fined over such widespread yet also unpopular game mechanic, but it hasn't stopped EA from pushing through with that line of business. In fact, a new leak reveals that EA was intentionally trying to steer FIFA 21 players that way, which, on second thought, might not be that surprising after all.

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Apple allows Parler back into App Store after new moderation promises

Apple allows Parler back into App Store after new moderation promises

Apple plans to allow Parler back into the App Store, having expunged the Twitter-rivaling social network in January over accusations it was used by January 6 US Capitol insurrectionists to plan violent acts. Apple and Google opted to remove the app from their respective download stores, while Amazon Web Services ousted Parler from its servers.

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Facebook sends cease-and-desist letters to a pair of popular apps for Android

Facebook sends cease-and-desist letters to a pair of popular apps for Android

When it comes to using Facebook on Android devices, lots of people out there don't use the Facebook app. For many they prefer the interface offered by so-called wrapper apps such as Swipe and Simple Social. However, both of those apps recently disappeared from the Play Store.

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Nintendo adds copyright lawsuit against Switch hacker Bowser

Nintendo adds copyright lawsuit against Switch hacker Bowser

With a surname like "Bowser", many would probably presume you'd grow up to be a fan of Nintendo's products and franchises. For hacker Gary Bowser, however, that love may have manifested in an ironic way. Accused of being the mastermind behind the Team Xecuter hacking group, Bowser and a colleague were arrested and charged last year with 11 felony counts over the sale of Nintendo hacking tools. Nintendo has now added trafficking and copyright violation charges in an attempt to finally put a stop to what it has labeled as an international pirate ring.

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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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Google wins in Supreme Court over $9bn Oracle Android API copyright case

Google wins in Supreme Court over $9bn Oracle Android API copyright case

Oracle has lost its challenge to hold Google liable for copyright infringement, with the Supreme Court ending more than a decade of legal sparring over some of the key components of Android. The case dates back to 2010, with Oracle arguing that Google had copied Java APIs that belonged to Sun Microsystems - which Oracle purchased - as it developed Android, and as such was liable for $8.8 billion in damages.

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Apple fined in Brazil for missing iPhone 12 charger and more

Apple fined in Brazil for missing iPhone 12 charger and more

Apple's decision to remove the charger inside the box starting with the iPhone 12 was initially met with criticism and ridicule. As with anything Apple, however, others eventually followed suit anyway. Those, however, might also follow Apple's fate as the Cupertino-based company now faces a nearly $1.9 million fine in Brazil. That amount, which might be just a slap on the wrist for the tech giant, covers not only its removal of the charger from the iPhone's packaging but also for other unfair practices that the consumer protection agency Procon-SP is accusing the company of putting in place.

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