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Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

A report yesterday claimed Yahoo built custom software to spy on its users’ emails on behalf of U.S. intelligence agencies, something that reportedly caused disagreements behind closed doors and at least one resignation. In a statement issued today, Yahoo downplayed the report, saying that it “narrowly interpret[s] every government request for user data to minimize disclosure.” The company also said, “The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

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Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Yahoo is at the center of a new damning report in which sources claim the company built its own software to spy on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails on behalf of the United States government. According to the sources, the software monitored the incoming emails for certain bits of information as provided by either the NSA or the FBI, resulting in “hundreds of millions” of accounts suffering privacy violations. This spying allegedly resulted in former Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos leaving the company, as sources say he disagreed with CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to comply with government orders.

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Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

After roughly six years of courtroom battles, a federal jury in Texas ruled that Apple had in fact infringed on patents held by VirnetX, a non-practicing entity, and ordered the Cupertino company to pay $302.4 million in damages. While Apple's ongoing struggles with VirnetX began in 2010, this latest retrial ruled that the company's FaceTime platform used the latter's patented internet security technology without gaining permission.

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FCC set top box vote delayed as hope dwindles

FCC set top box vote delayed as hope dwindles

At the start of the year, the FCC announced plans to overhaul the set-top-box market, putting cable providers on guard and earning praise from many consumers. Summer has passed, though, and winter is right on the horizon, with it coming the start of a new year, a new presidential administration, and a quickly dwindling timeframe to get several regulations pushed through. In light of all that, it’s no big surprise that the FCC has delayed its set-top-box vote.

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Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

If you haven't heard yet, there's a global recall for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It seems the batteries have a high probability of exploding. If have heard about this issue, along with the ensuing news about the Note 7 being prohibited from use on an airplane, or an explosion causing a car fire, then you know it's just a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against Samsung. Well, that time has arrived.

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Chicago considers banning autonomous cars

Chicago considers banning autonomous cars

Uber recently kicked off its real-world autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh, and Chicago is scrambling to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen in its own city. Mere hours after Uber started its Pittsburgh testing, municipal councilmen Anthony Beale and Ed Burke made an ordinance proposal that would ban self-driving vehicles from operating on its own roads. Such a ban would prevent Uber from setting its self-driving cars loose in Chicago, or at the least enable the city to fine the company if it does so anyway.

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Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland gave Apple $14.5 billion in illegal tax breaks says European Commission

Ireland is in big trouble with the European Commission (EC) over tax breaks that it gave Apple to lure the tech giant to set up shop in the country. According to the EC, the tax breaks that Ireland gave to Apple are worth up to €13 billion or $14,518,205,000 in USD to be exact. The EC says that tax breaks of this sort are illegal under EU state rules.

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Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

While Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014 was met with concerns over individuals' privacy, the social network has done a good job since then of leaving the messaging as is and keeping it independent. That all changed last week when WhatsApp's new terms-of-service stated that user data would now be shared with Facebook. Unsurprisingly, this has caused outrage, and now a number of privacy advocates and watchdogs are filing complaints.

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Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Russia fines Google $6.75M over pre-installed Android apps

Google's antitrust headaches in Europe now seem to be spreading into Russia. The country's anti-monopoly regulator has fined the internet giant for $6.75 million over the requirement that manufacturers of Android-powered devices pre-install Google's own apps. The Russian Federation Antimonopoly Service (FAS)'s investigation was triggered after Yandex, the country's largest search engine, filed a complaint last year that Google was abusing its power and being anti-competitive.

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Apple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for now

Apple won’t need to pay VirnetX a single cent, for now

Apple almost needed to pay VirnetX, a patent holding company, $625.6 million, a lot more than what it is demanding from Samsung over patent infringement. It seems, however, that the stars are aligning in Apple's favor. At least for now. Tyler, Texas District Judge Robert Schroeder overturned an earlier verdict awarding VirnetX that lump sum on the grounds of an unfair trial. However, Apple isn't exactly in the clear yet, as the judge did order two separate retrials, where Apple could still come out with a hefty fine.

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CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

The Centers for Disease Control have issued a warning for the Wynwood arts district in Miami, an area of the city where fourteen cases of zika virus have surfaced. The CDC advises pregnant women to avoid traveling in that area, and advises those who have visited the district since the middle of June to avoid getting pregnant for a minimum of two months. As well, pregnant women in Wynwood and those who have visited are being advised to get tested to see if they’re infected with the zika virus.

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Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol arrests alleged global online scams ringleader

Interpol has announced the arrest of the alleged ringleader behind a global online scam network, the agency has announced. The work was done in conjunction with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission, and involved the arrest of a 40-year-old Nigerian who went by the name of ‘Mike.’ According to Interpol, this individual is believed to be behind scams that total more than $60 million and involve compromised email accounts from around the world.

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