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Michigan has fully approved Rplate digital license plates

Michigan has fully approved Rplate digital license plates

Michigan has fully approved digital license plates, offering an alternative to the stamped metal plates it has been using for 125 years. The approval comes in the form of a recently passed bill, and it'll involve the creator behind Rplate, Reviver Auto, working with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on rolling out the new option.

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ACLU sues US government for info on social media surveillance

ACLU sues US government for info on social media surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued multiple US government agencies in a bid to learn more about its social media surveillance practices. The lawsuit follows a string of Freedom of Information Act requests that sought info on the surveillance, requests that ultimately went nowhere. The ACLU sued a total of seven government agencies, including the FBI, which had responded to the FOIA request with a general "can neither confirm nor deny" statement.

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Huawei could face US indictment for trade theft

Huawei could face US indictment for trade theft

It may not be spying for the Chinese government but it could be spying on other companies for its own gain. No sooner had Huawei’s CEO gone public with his praise of US President Trump and the company’s commitment to customers’ data privacy than a new report pops up claiming that the US is training more guns on the Chinese OEM. This time, however, the US Department of Justice’ investigation isn’t focusing on some grand national security threat but on the Huawei’s repeated theft of trade secrets from US companies.

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Qualcomm Apple war chip-blocked iPhone 7, slows race to 5G

Qualcomm Apple war chip-blocked iPhone 7, slows race to 5G

The latest in the Apple Qualcomm squabble is a testimony from the iPhone maker, suggesting that Qualcomm's not been keen on supplying chips since their FTC trial began. Apple COO Jeff Williams testified during the US Federal Trade Commission trial against Qualcomm, suggesting that it seems as though once Apple filed (several) lawsuits against Qualcomm, Qualcomm's been unwilling to "support [Apple] with new design wins past that time."

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Public Domain Day opens floodgates and a few cans of worms

Public Domain Day opens floodgates and a few cans of worms

January 1, 2019 wasn’t just the start of a new year. It was also the start of a new period in the creative history of mankind. After a 20-year delay, copyrighted works from 1923 are now in public domain, with everyone free to adapt and remix them without fear of prosecution. A key moment in copyright and trademark history, these now pubic domain works could usher in a new corpus of literary, musical, and artistic works that could now go public rather than stay underground or in the dark corners of the Web. But it could also challenge existing laws that may have remained untouched since the 20s, causing a bit of chaos in the very same industry.

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Qualcomm may have cheated in German win against Apple

Qualcomm may have cheated in German win against Apple

Qualcomm may have scored another big win against Apple, this time in Germany, but it probably shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Because if Internet sleuths are correct, the chip maker might find itself in even deeper trouble than before. According to those following the patent infringement case from the sidelines, Qualcomm effectively blocked key evidence from being presented in the German court, the same key evidence that led a US court to rule that Apple did not infringe on the said patent.

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Apple pulls select iPhones in Germany in another Qualcomm case [Update]

Apple pulls select iPhones in Germany in another Qualcomm case [Update]

Apple will pull iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 phones from its store shelves in Germany, after a new injunction gave Qualcomm another win in the two firms' ongoing legal spat. A court in Munich, Germany has granted the chip-maker a sales injunction against select iPhone handsets in the country, though Apple has said it will appeal the decision.

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NASA reveals October security breach that exposed employee data

NASA reveals October security breach that exposed employee data

NASA has disclosed a data breach that it discovered on October 23, 2018, explaining that it had found a "possible compromise" on the space agency's servers. These servers contained personally identifiable information (PII), according to NASA, and one of the servers also contained Social Security numbers belonging to both current and former employees. A top priority investigation into the matter is still underway.

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Apple updates iOS on banned iPhones, not enough, says Qualcomm

Apple updates iOS on banned iPhones, not enough, says Qualcomm

Apple may have found a way to keep its older iPhones in the Chinese market but it’s not going to fly if Qualcomm is to be asked. Following a preliminary court order that banned iPhone models starting from the 6s to last year’s X, Apple pushed an iOS 12.12 update that supposedly addresses the Qualcomm patents it was accused to have infringed on. Unsurprisingly, Qualcomm says Apple’s response is insufficient and it should comply with the Chinese court’s orders to cease sales and imports of affected iPhones immediately.

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Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew about asbestos in baby powder

Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew about asbestos in baby powder

A new report alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew about instances of its talc powder testing positive for asbestos, but failed to disclose the information. The claims was reportedly sourced from various legal documents, as well as trial testimony and depositions, revealing that J&J may have known about the alleged existence of asbestos in some of its talc products since at least 1971.

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Apple preps iOS update as Qualcomm demands iPhone XS ban

Apple preps iOS update as Qualcomm demands iPhone XS ban

Apple will update iPhones in China with new software next week that the company says will address the contentious features Qualcomm claims infringe its patents. Qualcomm secured a preliminary injunction against Apple importing or selling iPhones in China, after convincing a court there that iOS software features were copying its technologies.

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Apple warns dire consequences of iPhone China ban

Apple warns dire consequences of iPhone China ban

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is heating up and both sides are taking hits. The biggest blow this week, however, struck Apple when China rules to ban majority of its iPhones in one of the world's largest smartphone market and one that Apple has been wooing for years. Naturally, the tech giant isn't taking things sitting down. In its response to the ruling, Apple emphasized the chilling effects the ban would have on the entire mobile industry as well as China's smartphone market.

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