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Michigan first state to pass fully self-driving car law

Michigan first state to pass fully self-driving car law

Self-driving cars might find the roads in Michigan most welcoming for their AI pilots, with the state being the first in the US to make autonomous driving legal. The new law was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder this morning after extended discussions with automakers and ride-sharing firms, and includes permissions including vehicles that have no traditional controls whatsoever. It's part of Michigan's attempt to get ahead of rivals like California and Nevada in the race to self-driving transportation.

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Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung's $400m damages pay-out to Apple for copying the iPhone design has been overturned, with the US Supreme Court sending the ruling back for reassessment. The court agreed to hear Samsung's complaint earlier this year, with Samsung arguing that Apple's argument that various models of the South Korean firm's phones and tablets infringed patented features like a rectangular devices with rounded corners had led to a miscalculation in what damages should be owed. Now, the Federal Circuit will again rule on whether that $400m figure is the most appropriate.

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Galaxy Note 7 users will get no additional compensation says Samsung

Galaxy Note 7 users will get no additional compensation says Samsung

Galaxy Note 7 owners who are hoping for some additional compensation thanks to having to return their phablets twice will be disappointed. Samsung has stated that there will be no more compensation for the users other than what has already been offered. The statement on no further compensation comes after a class-action suit has been filed against Samsung on behalf of Note 7 owners.

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No Man’s Sky cleared of false advertising by Advertising Standards Authority

No Man’s Sky cleared of false advertising by Advertising Standards Authority

No Man's Sky ran afoul of some gamers who felt that the images, video,and text on the Steam Store Page for the game were misleading. At least 23 people felt that the content on that page was misleading enough that they complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK, but the ASA has now cleared Hello Games of any misleading advertising. Most of the complaints reportedly focused on a misleading pictures and assets of what the game offered on the Steam Store page for the title.

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Theaters must provide tech for blind and deaf customers, says DoJ

Theaters must provide tech for blind and deaf customers, says DoJ

New regulations require movie theaters to provide assistance technologies for blind and deaf customers, the Department of Justice has announced. These new regulations are part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title III, with the final ruling specifying that movie theaters have to provide audio descriptions and closed movie captioning for those who need them. The requirement only applies to digital movies that were made, produced or distributed with such features, however.

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Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Another report has surfaced that highlights the need to exercise caution and understand local regulations when using drones. One Australian man is now facing a hefty $9,000 AUD fine after sharing a video in which he seemingly uses a drone to both retrieve and deliver a sausage. It’s not the sausage delivery itself that may get him in legal trouble, however, but the way in which he made the delivery.

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EA Origin goes dark in Myanmar, embargoes cited

EA Origin goes dark in Myanmar, embargoes cited

It’s not unusual for online services or content to be restricted to certain countries. Netflix and YouTube, for example, are notorious for such. Copyright and licensing negotiations are usually cited as the reasons behind those prohibitions. More controversial, however, are when such restrictions are put in place because of political reasons. Such is allegedly the case when EA, without very little warning, blocked access to its Origin games in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, later citing embargoes and sanctions imposed by the US against certain countries.

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Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has been an increasingly contentious issue, with the FTC recently calling out deceptive sponsored social media posts as the first part of a crackdown against them. The commission wants to see more transparency with those posts, but is noticeably quiet on a related issue: influencer marketing targeted specifically at children. As a result, three consumer watchdogs have filed a complaint with the FTC, requesting that it do something about the problem.

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Sweden camera drone ban forces operators to get a permit

Sweden camera drone ban forces operators to get a permit

Sweden just made it really, really hard to fly a camera drone in public places, doing so to protect privacy more so than one’s passion for aerial photography and hobbyist flights. Camera drones aren't outright banned in the country, as residents will still be able to apply and pay for a permit. The problem is, the permits are not guaranteed, and can be denied if the government finds cause — namely, the possible invasion of privacy.

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Samsung hurls DMCA at Galaxy Note 7 Bomb GTA 5 mod

Samsung hurls DMCA at Galaxy Note 7 Bomb GTA 5 mod

The use of satire and parody over the Internet isn’t new, but as always, humor doesn’t travel well over TCP/IP. And given its very nature, such jokes often end up offending involved parties. Unfortunately, there are times when the law can be used, or abused, by offended parties to their benefit. That may seem to be what Samsung has just done in using a copyright takedown notice against a popular GTA 5 mod that literally used the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive powers. Unfortunately, as with any legal, especially copyright, matter, things are not as straightforward.

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Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC over erroneous billing issues

Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC over erroneous billing issues

Comcast has been fined $2.3 million over so-called ‘negative option billing’ — that is, unauthorized billing for services or goods that weren’t request and that require the consumer to contact the company in dispute and to seek refunds. According to the FCC, it had received many complaints from Comcast customers who claimed the service provider was bill “cramming,” or adding charges to bills for things they didn’t request, including DVRs and premium channels. In some cases, subscribers say they declined items, only to be mailed them and billed for them.

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Uber and Lyft face their newest battle in Philadelphia

Uber and Lyft face their newest battle in Philadelphia

Uber and Lyft face their latest legal struggle in Philadelphia, where they were ordered yesterday night to stop operating. Both companies ultimately ignored the order and continued providing rides via their respective platforms; soon after, Uber got a small victory via a preliminary injunction that blocked the cease and desist order. That itself is only a temporary victory, though, and the company -- as well as Lyft -- face an uphill battle to get more friendly legislation established, otherwise they risk a similar order to cease operations in the future.

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