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Ford wants GM’s Cruise trademarks tossed out

Ford wants GM’s Cruise trademarks tossed out

GM fired the first shots in a legal battle against Ford when Ford named its driver assistance system BlueCruise. GM has been calling its driver assistance system SuperCruise and has a trademark issue on the word "Cruise." However, the trademark didn't stop Ford from naming its system BlueCruise, leading to GM filing the suit.

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ITC judge sides with Sonos over Google in preliminary patent ruling

ITC judge sides with Sonos over Google in preliminary patent ruling

More than a year ago, speaker company Sonos filed a lawsuit against Google, seeking to have certain Google products blocked from import into the US over alleged patent infringement. Fast-forward several months and a preliminary finding on the matter has been revealed: the ITC has sided with Sonos, but this is only an initial decision.

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Apple CSAM Detection failsafe system explained

Apple CSAM Detection failsafe system explained

Today Apple released a document that outlines the security threat model review system included with their new child safety features. Apple clarified the various layers of security and pathways with which their new child safety system works. Clarification today was part of a series of discussions Apple had in the wake of the announcement of their new child safety features - and the inevitable controversy that followed.

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iPhone’s most unique feature could be axed if EU has its way

iPhone’s most unique feature could be axed if EU has its way

A new law could be put in place soon that'd effectively force Apple to change the way the iPhone connects to computers physically. This might be a non-issue if Apple ever decides to move away from the physical connector cord in favor of an all-wireless system, but for now - all eyes are on Lightning. The European Commission is expected next month to present their newest attempt at legislation that'd make one common cord the law for smartphones across the board.

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GoPro and Amazon slap Chinese accessory counterfeiters with joint lawsuit

GoPro and Amazon slap Chinese accessory counterfeiters with joint lawsuit

GoPro and Amazon have teamed up to sue multiple people and two 'entities' over their alleged counterfeiting of GoPro camera accessories. The joint lawsuit claims the alleged counterfeiters attempted to sell products that infringed GoPro's trademarks through Amazon's online store. This is the latest in a growing number of Amazon lawsuits targeting counterfeiters that use its platform.

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Apple child safety CSAM scanning to expand on a per-country basis

Apple child safety CSAM scanning to expand on a per-country basis

Apple's much-lauded privacy efforts hit a sour note a few days ago when it announced a new feature intended to protect children by reporting illegal content that has been stored on a user's iCloud Photos account. While those on both sides of the argument agree that kids have to be protected by cracking down on Child Sexual Abuse Material or CSAM, critics argue that this system could be potentially abused by other governments. Apple now clarifies that it won't be the case since it will consider the CSAM detection's rollout on a case-to-case basis per country.

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Zoom agrees $85m settlement over Zoombombing and privacy lawsuit

Zoom agrees $85m settlement over Zoombombing and privacy lawsuit

Zoom may have been the darling of pandemic video calling, but a "Zoombombing" lawsuit has cost the company $85 million after users complained that their data wasn't being sufficiently safeguarded. While video conferencing saw a huge uptick as people worked remotely and schools shifted to online learning, so too did cases of Zoom calls being accessed unofficially and disrupted.

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The United States just sold a Wu-Tang album

The United States just sold a Wu-Tang album

It's official: "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" by the Wu-Tang Clan has been sold by the United States government. An announcement from the United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York made it official that the album was sold to an anonymous buyer. The album had previously been purchased by one Martin Shkreli for a winning auction bid of $2-million USD. The album was seized by the government after Shkreli's arrest and sold after convictions on counts of fraud in Shkreli's associated pharmaceuticals company Retrophin.

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Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk is in court today, as the Tesla chief exec testifies in a SolarCity lawsuit brought by shareholders upset with just how much the electric car company spent on the solar panel business. Tesla acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion back in 2016, though the case alleges Musk applied undue pressure in an attempt to drive through the deal before the solar firm ran out of cash.

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Samsung reportedly goes after leaks with copyright claims

Samsung reportedly goes after leaks with copyright claims

Product leaks have almost become a fact of life in the tech news industry, but that wasn't always the case. Some will probably remember those ugly "anti-leak" cases for smartphone prototypes years back, but "anonymous sources" have become bolder in recent times. It seems, however, that the biggest smartphone makers are no longer taking the status quo sitting down. Following Apple's lead, Samsung is reportedly issuing copyright strikes against leakers, forcing some to take down previously leaked content.

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Google sued by US states over alleged Google Play Store monopoly

Google sued by US states over alleged Google Play Store monopoly

Even while the row between Apple and Epic Games remains unresolved, the other big app store will soon get its time under the legal spotlight. It's really no surprise that Google would eventually be the target of an antitrust lawsuit but the bigger question is if it will be able to stick. As many as 36 states in the US have finally filed a complaint alleging that Google used its position to impose a 30% tax from developers on Google Play Store.

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Apple sued by medical device maker over Apple Watch Series 6 pulse oximetry

Apple sued by medical device maker over Apple Watch Series 6 pulse oximetry

Sometimes it seems like every time we turn around, someone is suing Apple. The latest lawsuit against Apple comes from a medical device manufacturer called Masimo. Masimo is a large manufacturer of medical-grade pulse oximeters used in the hospital and other medical settings. A pulse oximeter is a device that shows how much oxygen is in the blood of the user, which has value for numerous medical reasons.

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