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Google just vowed to cite sources on song lyric listings

Google just vowed to cite sources on song lyric listings

Google is currently the subject of allegations of lyric-lifting by the song lyrics site Genius. The folks at Genius suggested that the work they'd put into transcribing and/or attaining song lyrics from artists was essentially copied and pasted by Google in a "Knowledge Panels" feature in Google Search. Google responded once yesterday and again today with similar information on the subject.

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Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

US watchdogs are cracking down on vape liquid firms using social media influencers to push e-cigarette products, warning several brands over missing health disclaimers. The move comes after the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they'd be going after companies pushing e-liquid products on kids, part of a crackdown in general on vaping.

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The WiFi, Bluetooth and SD alliances just let Huawei back in

The WiFi, Bluetooth and SD alliances just let Huawei back in

Huawei has quietly been restored to membership of three key tech associations, having been temporarily stripped of membership after the Trump administration barred US companies from working with the Chinese firm. Huawei's dire month started with reports that its phones would be prevented from using key Android apps after Google complied with the new trade block, and then proceeded to get steadily worse.

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New legislation seeks mandatory alert system for kids left in cars

New legislation seeks mandatory alert system for kids left in cars

Newly proposed legislation seeks the mandatory inclusion of forgotten child alerts in all new vehicles. The technology, which is currently available as third-party accessories, alerts drivers to the presence of a child in the back seat of a vehicle, helping reduce the number of tragic hot car deaths. The full legislation will be published for the public to read in coming days.

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Texas is one step away from banning red light cameras

Texas is one step away from banning red light cameras

The Texas state legislature is working on a bill that the state governor is expected to sign into law that would ban red light cameras. House Bill 1631 passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 23-8 and now heads to Governor Greg Abbott who is expected to sign it into law. Republican Sen. Bob Hall is the sponsor of the bill, and he says that red light cameras violate due process because they assume that the registered owner of the car committed a violation.

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Texting on the crosswalk in NY will result in $50 fine under new bill

Texting on the crosswalk in NY will result in $50 fine under new bill

Texting while walking has resulted in a number of incidents that could have been prevented if the individual was paying attention to their surroundings. Many of these accidents have been caught on video, and though some are comical and benign, others are tragic and frustrating, particularly ones involving traffic and the potential for serious bodily injury. New York City may address that latter issue by enacting rules against texting on crosswalks.

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Adobe Creative Cloud is turning into a big legal mess

Adobe Creative Cloud is turning into a big legal mess

The cloud is supposed to be a big win-win for all parties involved. Consumers always have access to the latest and supposedly most bug-free version of software while service and software providers are assured of a steady stream of revenue to further develop their product. Reality, however, is sometimes harsher and always stranger than fiction and now subscribers to Adobe's Create Cloud Suite are finding themselves the subject of potential legal threats from third-parties suing Adobe itself.

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Apple can’t escape App Store antitrust lawsuit rules Supreme Court

Apple can’t escape App Store antitrust lawsuit rules Supreme Court

Apple's hopes to get an App Store antitrust lawsuit dismissed have fallen flat, with the US Supreme Court giving the go-ahead to a case alleging the iOS software download store is, indeed, a monopoly situation. The lawsuit, Apple v. Pepper, saw four iPhone owners sue the Cupertino company, arguing that the App Store allows Apple to unfairly control software prices by virtue of it being the only official place to download titles.

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Smart backpack creator sued by FTC over alleged crowdfunding fraud

Smart backpack creator sued by FTC over alleged crowdfunding fraud

The Federal Trade Commission is suing the founder of a company that raised funds for 'iBackPack' and a couple other products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The agency first revealed that it was investigating the crowdfunding campaigns last August following complaints from supporters. In its most recent update on the matter, the FTC alleges the man behind the campaigns 'used much of the funds for himself.'

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Driver wins 13-month distracted driving legal battle over hashbrown

Driver wins 13-month distracted driving legal battle over hashbrown

Jason Stiber, a 45-year-old man from Connecticut, has won a 13-month legal battle over a distracted driving citation that stemmed from the consumption of a McDonald's hashbrown. Stiber received the ticket in 2018 for allegedly using a cell phone while driving; though the citation would have resulted in a $300 fine, Stiber maintained his innocence and chose to fight the accusation.

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NYPD taps VR to prepare officers for active shooter scenarios

NYPD taps VR to prepare officers for active shooter scenarios

The New York Police Department is testing the use of virtual reality as a training tool for officers. The test started in early April and involved a couple hundred officers over the course of a single week at a facility in Brooklyn. This is the first time the NYPD has used virtual reality for training, and it joins the police department's recent adoption of drone technologies.

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Washington is the latest state to approve sidewalk robots

Washington is the latest state to approve sidewalk robots

Washington has joined a growing number of states in approving sidewalk delivery robots, officials have announced. The new legislation was signed by Governor Jay Inslee this week, opening the door for tiny autonomous vehicles to operate on cities sidewalks alongside bicycles and pedestrians. The bill was delivered to Inslee using one of these autonomous robots.

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