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Google EU fine is a double-edged sword that could hurt Android

Google EU fine is a double-edged sword that could hurt Android

The European Commission just slapped Google with a $5 billion fine and gave it 90 days to clean up its act. The reason: Google’s anticompetitive practice that used Android to practically force its Search service and Chrome browser on manufacturers and carriers to the detriment of rival apps and services. Like any issue of this magnitude, it’s not a clear-cut case. And while the European Commission may have the best interests of the Android ecosystem in mind, its demands could end up causing Android harm in the long run as well.

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Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Hackers who stole a US Air Force drone manual were caught trying to sell it on the dark web, a security firm has reported. The discovery was made on June 1 by Recorded Future's Insikt Group, which was monitoring for "criminal actor activities" on the parts of the Internet where few people venture. The documents reportedly were associated with the USAF's MQ-9, an unmanned aerial vehicle more commonly known as a UAV or drone.

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Ex-Apple engineer arrested for stealing self-driving car secrets

Ex-Apple engineer arrested for stealing self-driving car secrets

Waymo isn’t the only one with a car leak problem. Although industrial espionage isn’t exactly and trade secret theft is hardly new nor uncommon, not every crime gets the limelight. But if you get caught stealing from Apple, you better be prepared to be an overnight sensation (not to mention a criminal). That is certainly the case involving a former Apple engineer who was caught and had admitted to stealing sensitive data around a much-rumored but never confirmed Apple secret project: autonomous cars.

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China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

Back in 2011, China Mobile took the first legal step to make its entrance in the US market, one that would allow it to offer wireless phone service to individuals within the nation. The Section 214 license application has been with the FCC for years, the agency having been tasked to seek info from the Executive Branch over whether authorizing the carrier would be "in the public interest of the US." That answer is officially no.

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Facebook federal probe tipped to include FBI, SEC, FTC and DOJ

Facebook federal probe tipped to include FBI, SEC, FTC and DOJ

A federal probe into Facebook's handling of user data is said to have grown, adding another three government agencies alongside the Department of Justice. According to sources that have surfaced, the FBI, FTC, and SEC have joined a probe into Facebook's Cambridge Analytica controversy, marking an expansion of the government's focus on the company.

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Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

The FAA has refused to force airlines to offer more legroom, rejecting calls for legal minimums and dismissing concerns that cramped seating in cabins could present an evacuation risk. The Federal Aviation Administration had been forced to reconsider regulatory requirements for airplane seating, after a judge ruled in favor of a consumer group in a lawsuit last year.

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Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral. At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral. According to a new report, Hawaii's Governor will sign the bill into law some time this week, concerns about potential fallout aside.

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Disney gets approval to buy Fox assets, but there’s one big catch

Disney gets approval to buy Fox assets, but there’s one big catch

Disney has successfully eclipsed Comcast in its bid to acquire most of Fox's assets with approval from the Department of Justice. The company has been given permission to proceed with the bid, as the Justice Department says it won't violate antitrust laws. However, the authorization comes with one big caveat: Disney must sell certain sports networks.

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PUBG ends Fortnite infringement lawsuit without explanation

PUBG ends Fortnite infringement lawsuit without explanation

Bluehole subsidiary PUBG, the company behind the second most popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic Games. The latter company is behind massively popular battle royale game Fortnite, which quickly rose in popularity to eclipse PUBG and the gaming genre it popularized.

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Toyota on Trump tariffs: Expect a much pricier Camry

Toyota on Trump tariffs: Expect a much pricier Camry

America's best-selling car could get almost $2k more expensive, Toyota has warned, if President Trump follows through on plans to impose new tariffs on vehicle imports. The ominous prediction comes as the US Commerce Department considers whether to kickstart a new trade war, by declaring vehicle and vehicle part imports "a threat to national security."

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The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung legal battle that has spanned seven years and numerous courtroom showdowns is finally over. The two companies - which had each claimed and counter-claimed that the other had infringed on design patents with their smartphones and tablets - agreed to drop the case, according to a newly-filed document today.

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Bethesda lawsuit calls ‘Westworld’ game a Fallout Shelter rip-off

Bethesda lawsuit calls ‘Westworld’ game a Fallout Shelter rip-off

Warner Bros. has been slapped with a lawsuit from Bethesda over its Westworld mobile game, calling it a "blatant rio-off" of Fallout Shelter. The lawsuit was recently filed in Maryland, and it accuses Westworld developer Behaviour of using "copyrighted computer code," among other things.

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