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Episodes of The Office, Parks and Rec, Seinfeld licensed through 2025

Episodes of The Office, Parks and Rec, Seinfeld licensed through 2025

What in the world is going on here, you might be saying - aren't The Office and Parks and Recreation already over? Yes, both of these mocumentary-style television shows are done, and there will be no new episodes (for now). But the rights, the precious rights, like the spice melange, they must flow! The rights have been renewed for cable - exclusively*!

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China cracks down on fake news and deepfakes with new laws

China cracks down on fake news and deepfakes with new laws

China is cracking down on the creation of fake news and 'deepfakes' with new laws that will make publishing this content without an advisory a criminal offense. The move comes amid growing concerns over the effects AI-generated fake content can have on spreading false information and propaganda across social platforms. The move follows a similar bill recently passed in California.

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Federal court slaps device search limits on US border security

Federal court slaps device search limits on US border security

The US government must have "reasonable suspicion of digital contraband" before it can search travelers' phones, laptops, and other electronics, according to a new ruling by a federal court. The decision marks a significant step in data privacy for international travelers, and comes after widespread criticism of CBP and ICE actions at the border.

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AT&T unlimited data throttling lawsuit ends in $60 million settlement

AT&T unlimited data throttling lawsuit ends in $60 million settlement

Network operators have redefined what the word "unlimited" means, or at least as it applies to data. What they really meant was limited unlimited data that incurred consequences once you hit certain conditions. That may be common practice but AT&T may have tried to get away with it until the FTC slapped it with a lawsuit. Now five years later, the major US carrier has decided to just pay the fine, long after the case could have any significant effect in the industry.

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Huawei reprieve from ARM chip designer could open more doors

Huawei reprieve from ARM chip designer could open more doors

The doors are closing in on Huawei as the deadline for extensions given to it looms closer. One door, however, was just recently reopened courtesy of ARM Holdings, the company that designs (not makes) the chips that drive today's smartphones and mobile devices. Not only is this second chance a big relief for the embattled Chinese company, it could also create opportunities for other partners to follow suit, provided they're willing to take risks for Huawei.

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Proposed vaping legislation will limit liquid nicotine concentration

Proposed vaping legislation will limit liquid nicotine concentration

US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has announced new legislation that aims to cap the amount of nicotine that can be used in vaping liquids. Assuming the legislation passes, the FDA will retain the right to lower the maximum nicotine concentration in these liquids in the future if necessary. The move is intended to reduce the addiction potential of nicotine-based vaping liquids, some of which contain very high concentrations.

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Facebook WhatsApp encryption plans draw US government scrutiny

Facebook WhatsApp encryption plans draw US government scrutiny

After the almost unending litany of scandals that have rocked Facebook, many drawing intense criticism from the US government, the social networking giant is ready to turn a new leaf. Ironically, it is also receiving criticism from the US, specifically the Justice Department. In its efforts to begger protect the privacy of users that it has violated, Facebook is reportedly planning to introduce strong encryption in WhatsApp, Instagram, and its other messaging services. For Facebook, it is to protect users but the government insists it will be putting them in danger in the long run.

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Galaxy S4 owners get measly settlement over benchmark cheating

Galaxy S4 owners get measly settlement over benchmark cheating

It's almost hard to believe that it has been half a decade since the very first benchmark cheating scandal erupted in the mobile market. That has caused no small amount of drama and for benchmark suites to defend their territory, make changes, and blacklist certain phones. Unknown or forgotten to many, one such result of that media circus was a lawsuit against Samsung revolving around the 2013 Galaxy S4. That case has now been settled but it is one case where "better late than never" doesn't really apply.

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Massachusetts bans all vaping products, but only for a few months

Massachusetts bans all vaping products, but only for a few months

Massachusetts has banned the sale of all vaping products for the duration of four months, state health officials have announced. The ban covers all varieties of vaping products, including ones that are flavored, non-flavored, that contain nicotine, and ones that contain THC. The ban was made as part of a public health emergency declaration over the growing number of vaping-related illnesses.

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iPhone 11 launch marred by accusations of Chinese labor law violations

iPhone 11 launch marred by accusations of Chinese labor law violations

It probably isn't too hard to imagine people scampering whenever a new major product is about to be launched. Everyone from marketing to retail to production are "all hands on deck" to meet deadlines. While that's almost normal in the industry, that doesn't mean they are acceptable. Even worse if they run into violations of laws relating to labor and fair compensation. That is exactly what Apple and assembler Foxconn are now being accused of in China just a day before the iPhone 11 is officially revealed to the world.

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Trump just hit the gas in California car emissions war

Trump just hit the gas in California car emissions war

US regulators at the EPA and DOT are threatening California with legal action, after the state agreed a voluntary emissions deal with four big automakers that was more stringent than that imposed by the Trump administration. Ford, Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen defied the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation earlier this year, and inked an agreement with California for tougher pollution standards.

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Michigan bans flavored electronic cigarettes: What you need to know

Michigan bans flavored electronic cigarettes: What you need to know

Michigan has officially become the first state to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes that contain a flavored liquid. The ban will be made by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services under the direction of state Governor Gretchen Whitman as a move to protect teens from the unknown health risks associated with vaping. The news comes amid reports from multiple states of a severe lung condition associated with these devices.

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