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Apple vs Qualcomm settled: 2020 iPhone 5G gets some new options

Apple vs Qualcomm settled: 2020 iPhone 5G gets some new options

Qualcomm and Apple have agreed to exit all litigation between themselves this afternoon. This goes for all court cases between the two companies, for all instances of litigation around the world. One would assume that some cases will take longer to vacate than others, but the point stands - Apple and Qualcomm have shaken hands and made friends again. At least in the interest of continued cashing in on the part of their combined growth.

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EU says BMW, Daimler and VW colluded – threatens billions in fines [Update]

EU says BMW, Daimler and VW colluded – threatens billions in fines [Update]

BMW, Daimler, and VW have been accused of colluding on emissions cheating by the European Union antitrust regulators, the first step in process that could lead to huge fines for the automakers. According to the European Commission, the three car companies worked together to restrict competition around greener internal combustion engines.

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San Francisco may ban e-cigarettes over unknown health risks

San Francisco may ban e-cigarettes over unknown health risks

San Francisco may become the first US city to ban electronic cigarettes, also called 'vapes,' until more information about their potential long-term health effects are known. Some past preliminary studies have highlighted potential health concerns related to liquid nicotine products, including one that found increased risk of wheezing. Critics have lambasted the proposals, however, expressing concerns that it may drive some people back to tobacco cigarettes.

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Qualcomm and Apple respond to CA case findings

Qualcomm and Apple respond to CA case findings

Qualcomm just won one of its numerous court battles against Apple this week in San Diego, California, USA. This court case alleged that Apple infringed upon a number of Qualcomm patents with its smartphones iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X. Because the court found Apple's devices to have infringed upon Qualcomm's patents, the jury awarded Qualcomm around $31 million USD in patent infringement damages from July 6th, 2017 through the end of the trial.

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Qualcomm awarded $31m in Apple patent infringement case

Qualcomm awarded $31m in Apple patent infringement case

Qualcomm has won a legal case against Apple in the Southern District of California, the company announced. The case involved a lawsuit Qualcomm filed against Apple in July 2017 alleging the company had infringed upon some of its smartphone tech patents. A jury awarded Qualcomm $31 million in damages for three patents involving 'popular smartphone features.'

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Philadelphia bans cashless stores to protect ‘unbanked’ shoppers

Philadelphia bans cashless stores to protect ‘unbanked’ shoppers

Philadelphia has become the first city in the US to ban cashless stores following a City Council vote against the retail practice. Cities have faced growing criticism over the number of retail stores that have eliminated the option to pay with cash, instead requiring a mobile or card transaction. The new rule requiring stores to accept cash payments will start this summer.

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Huawei sues the US government over ban, says it’s unconstitutional

Huawei sues the US government over ban, says it’s unconstitutional

Huawei has finally had it with the US government and it's taking the bait. Whether it will emerge victorious or humiliated is something the tech industry will be watching closely. In an unprecedented but not unexpected move, Huawei has filed a lawsuit in Texas suing the US government over a new law that banned Huawei's products from use in federal agencies. It has labeled the ban as unconstitutional and seeks to have that part of the law overturned.

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China banned millions of people with bad ‘social credit’ from trains

China banned millions of people with bad ‘social credit’ from trains

China's dystopian 'social credit' system has resulted in millions of people being banned from public transportation. According to the National Public Credit Information Center, China blocked the attempted purchase of train tickets and, in some cases, attempts to travel outside of the country due to low 'social credit,' which can result from back taxes and unpaid fines, among other things.

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BlackBerry sues Twitter for alleged messaging patent infringement

BlackBerry sues Twitter for alleged messaging patent infringement

BlackBerry has slapped Twitter with a patent infringement lawsuit, alleging that the social network copied its technology related to mobile messaging apps. The new lawsuit follows a similar legal complaint filed against Facebook last year, that likewise alleging the company had infringed its patent. In this case, BlackBerry claims Twitter has infringed upon half a dozen of its patents.

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Cohen admits Trump’s early info on Russia-hacked DNC emails

Cohen admits Trump’s early info on Russia-hacked DNC emails

In a statement to Congress this morning, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released many relatively shocking accusations about a sitting President of the United States. The bit that's most important to our part in this story is the tech angle - that of the hacking of emails before the election of our President. The part we're talking about today includes Cohen admitting that Trump was "a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails."

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FTC targets fake, paid Internet product reviews for the first time

FTC targets fake, paid Internet product reviews for the first time

The Federal Trade Commission has announced its first ever case tackling fake, paid reviews published on an "independent retail website." According to the FTC, it has settled a complaint with Cure Encapsulations and its owner Naftula Jacobwitz over alleged "false and unsubstantiated claims" involving a weight-loss supplement sold on Amazon. According to the FTC's complaint, the company paid a third-party website to post fake reviews about the product.

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Swatch VS Samsung smartwatch lawsuit, claims, and 3rd-party fallout

Swatch VS Samsung smartwatch lawsuit, claims, and 3rd-party fallout

Swatch filed a complained against Samsung for their part in allegedly infringing on trademarked watch face designs of many sorts. Filed with the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, both Samsung Electronics Co. LTD. and Samsung Electronics America, INC., were on the defendant side of the document. On the plaintiff side of the equation were a set of brands that are collectively referred to as the "Swatch Group Companies": Blancpain, Breguet, Glashütte, Hamilton, Jaquet Droz, Longines, Mido, Omega, Tissot, and Swatch proper.

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