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Epic Games lawsuit settled with V-Bucks (and some real money) [UPDATE: Epic Statement]

Epic Games lawsuit settled with V-Bucks (and some real money) [UPDATE: Epic Statement]

Epic Games reached a settlement in a class action suit dealing with loot boxes in both Fortnite and Rocket League. More specifically, we're talking about Fortnite: Save the World and Rocket League as played by players in the United States, and the settlement has to do with "random item loot box" purchases. The settlement includes millions of dollars in USD cash, but the basic payment to most users "who bought a random item loot box" will be V-Bucks - virtual currency.

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California bill seeks to legalize many popular psychedelics

California bill seeks to legalize many popular psychedelics

Despite laws against these substances, psychedelics have resurged in popularity, with anecdotal reports claiming everything from increased productivity and creativity to migraine remission, depression relief, and an increased sense of wellbeing. Amid this popularity, California has introduced one of the most ambitious bills related to these drugs.

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Valve refuses Apple’s “narrow” data request in battle VS Epic

Valve refuses Apple’s “narrow” data request in battle VS Epic

In an ongoing legal battle VS Epic, Apple's requested that non-party Valve deliver a series of data points. Apple's suggestion is that the biggest competitor to Epic's "Epic Games Store" is Valve's game store Steam. Apple's lawyers suggest that their "request is very narrow", while Valve's lawyers suggest "Apple wrongly claims those requests are narrow. They are not."

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iPhone could be ruined by North Dakota bill, warns Apple

iPhone could be ruined by North Dakota bill, warns Apple

Apple's App Store has been in the center of some high-profile controversy and rhetoric last year when Epic Games made a bold move that, according to some sources, has been planned months ahead. An action as simple as offering a different in-app purchasing method set off a chain that now involves lawsuits filed across several countries, all of them accusing Apple and Google of monopolistic practices. Although this proposed bill in a single US state doesn't directly reference the Apple vs. Epic Games tussle, its effects, if passed, will turn things in the game developer's favor.

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Huawei files lawsuit against FCC’s national security threat label

Huawei files lawsuit against FCC’s national security threat label

The transition to the Biden administration may have sparked some hope in Huawei but, if recent news is any indication, it might still be fighting a losing battle. Biden's pick to lead the Commerce Department already indicated her stance on keeping the status quo. Huawei is now picking up another fight in a different arena, this time challenging once more the constitutionality of the FCC's recent decision to label Huawei as a threat to the national security of the US.

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Subway denies weird lawsuit claiming tuna salad is “entirely non-tuna”

Subway denies weird lawsuit claiming tuna salad is “entirely non-tuna”

There's a Subway storm brewing, with a strange new lawsuit alleging that the sandwich-maker's tuna isn't, in fact, tuna, and fishing to start up a lucrative class-action suit. The unexpected case - allegations from which Subway has strenuously denied - claims what's billed as tuna salad is something completely different.

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New iPhone 6 throttling lawsuit gives Apple fresh headaches in Europe

New iPhone 6 throttling lawsuit gives Apple fresh headaches in Europe

Apple faces a new class-action lawsuit over iPhone throttling, with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s owners in Europe seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages over how the Cupertino firm dealt with degrading batteries. The tweak, pushed out in iOS 10.2.1 back in 2017, quietly capped the maximum performance of several older iPhone models, after Apple realized that they could otherwise crash if demanding apps were run.

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Google threatens to end search services in Australia over pending legislation

Google threatens to end search services in Australia over pending legislation

Google is fighting with Australia's government and has threatened to remove its search engine from the country if legislation passes that would force companies to negotiate payments with news media companies for listing their content in search results. Facebook has also threatened to remove news from its feeds inside Australia. If Google made good on its threat, 19 million Australians might no longer be able to use Google search.

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Apple loss in Corellium copyright lawsuit could have repercussions

Apple loss in Corellium copyright lawsuit could have repercussions

It's often the case that big companies suing very small ones go under the radar. It is even more often the case that those small companies often lose or settle the matter out of court, sometimes causing the business to fold completely. That's why it almost comes as a shock that Apple lost this round against security startup Corellium. More than just the loss, however, the initial ruling could have implications for iOS and iPhone security down the line.

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Coinbase drops XRP (Ripple) cryptocurrency on January 19

Coinbase drops XRP (Ripple) cryptocurrency on January 19

The SEC announced a lawsuit against Ripple Labs, Inc, and as such, XRP trading pairs are going offline on Coinbase. If any of that made any sense to you whatsoever, you probably know about cryptocurrency and quite possibly have some investment made in XRP. If you're using XRP on Coinbase right now, you'll want to finish up any sort of transactions you've got going before Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10AM Pacific Standard Time if you want those transactions to be fulfilled.

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FAA final rule on Remote ID for drones arrives with a few major changes

FAA final rule on Remote ID for drones arrives with a few major changes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published its final rule on Remote ID for drones, clarifying the details about the previously announced remote identification plan and providing the details manufacturers will need to ensure their drones meet the requirements. Remote ID aims to provide national security officials and law enforcement with a way to identify drones posing a risk to the public.

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FBI and Europol seize VPN accused of supporting ‘criminal underworld’

FBI and Europol seize VPN accused of supporting ‘criminal underworld’

The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan has detailed an international law enforcement effort called 'Operation Nova' that targeted a 'bulletproof' VPN service accused of supporting criminals. The work was a joint effort between the FBI, Europol, and other agencies with the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters coordinating the operation.

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