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Apple sued for slow iPhone planned-obsolescence in France

Apple sued for slow iPhone planned-obsolescence in France

Apple's headache over slowing old iPhones continues, with threats of a costly lawsuit in France amid accusations of planned obsolescence. Faced with older iPhones that, due to battery aging, could unexpectedly crash when running system-intensive apps, Apple introduced a "smoothing" technique in earlier versions of iOS. Far from pleasing users, however, that decision has backfired considerably.

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FBI fingerprint analysis software may contain Russia-linked code

FBI fingerprint analysis software may contain Russia-linked code

Fingerprint analysis software used by the FBI and many law enforcement agencies may contain code created by a Kremlin-linked Russian entity, according to whistleblowers and related documents. The revelation, assuming it is correct, raises questions about whether US officials have been using software compromised by Russian code, the latest in a growing number of cyber issues related to the nation. This follows Facebook's own disclosure revealing extensive Russian propaganda on the social network aimed at manipulating the 2016 election.

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FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

The FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace.

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iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

The war of the robot vacuums has claimed a new victim. iRobot has reached an agreement with Black & Decker, the two companies coming to legal blows over allegedly patent-infringing 'bots. iRobot, which makes the Roomba, filed against nine different manufacturers of rival home cleaning robots back in April 2017.

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Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

By now it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Uber relies on numerous shady practices, but as part of the ongoing lawsuit between the ride-hailing company and self-driving start-up Waymo over stolen technology, new evidence has been released that shows the lengths Uber has gone to in order to succeed. A 37-page letter written by a former employee has been published, and it includes claims that the company regularly conducted corporate espionage, illicit hacking, unlawful surveillance, and even bribery.

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Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where the city of Charlotte is located, was hit with a ransomware attack this week that took out major city servers and has forced some officials to work with old fashioned pen and paper. The ransomware was able to infect the network after a city employee opened an email attachment containing the software. The hacker is demanding a payment of $23,000 to restore the system, but so far city officials are refusing to pay.

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Disney sues Redbox for selling DVD digital download codes

Disney sues Redbox for selling DVD digital download codes

Disney has sued DVD-lending company Redbox over its practice of reselling the digital copy download codes included with physical disc purchases. Redbox acquires these codes from the DVDs it purchases (it buys them retail, not through any special arrangements with Disney); rather than discarding the codes, the company puts them to good use by allowing its own customers to buy them.

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Prosecutors demand Martin Shkreli relinquish the Wu-Tang album

Prosecutors demand Martin Shkreli relinquish the Wu-Tang album

Unfortunately, Shkreli might no longer actually have the physical album itself - but that might not matter. Shkreli was convicted in court in August of this year and jailed over securities fraud. He defrauded investors of two hedge funds and schemed to control shares of the company Retrophin Inc. According to Bloomberg, he's being held in federal lockup in Brooklyn, New York - just blocks and a bridge away from Staten Island, the original home of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

A leaked ICE bulletin warns of possible spying by drone maker DJI on behalf of the Chinese government, raising new concerns about security and privacy. The memo warns that DJI is very likely targeting certain government and private entities "to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data." That is just a sliver of the long report, though, which warns that DJI's mobile apps are allegedly sending a bunch of data back to systems in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Court orders Coinbase to give IRS data on 14,000 users

Court orders Coinbase to give IRS data on 14,000 users

Coinbase has been ordered to turn over data on about 14,000 users to the Internal Revenue Service, the latest development in a legal spat that has been ongoing for months. Coinbase is calling this a partial victory, saying that the scope of the summons was reduced by a huge 97%, requiring it to turn over data on only a small fraction of its users. Affected users are people with $20,000 or more in transactions in a single year.

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White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

The White House is considering a ban on personal mobile phone usage, a move that will prevent staffers from using their own handsets during work. The ban, should it happen, would be a cybersecurity move, according to officials, who claim it doesn't have anything to do with leaks to media organizations. The idea is that a staff member's own smartphone probably isn't as secure as one issued by the government.

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Hulu sued over claims of discrimination against the blind

Hulu sued over claims of discrimination against the blind

Hulu has been sued over what is being called discrimination against the blind and visually impaired. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court of Massachusetts, Hulu is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; it is accused of "ongoing exclusion of blind and visually impaired Americans."

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