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Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Your smart home could turn into a police informant, if investigators in Arkansas can set a precedent that data from connected devices like Amazon's Echo be seized as murder case evidence. The police force in Bentonville served Amazon with a warrant for recordings made by an Echo smart speaker, after it potentially heard details around a murder that took place in the home. However, Alexa wasn't the only inadvertent potential witness to the alleged crime.

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SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

As Nintendo reveled in its success with the NES Classic Edition, a trademark for a Super Nintendo-age device was filed in Japan. This Super Famicon controller is the Japanese version of what was released in the United States as the Super NES. That's also known as the SNES, or Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Rumor has it that Nintendo's next big retro-console move will be to release an SNES Classic Edition to keep the retro love ball rolling into the future.

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Valve fined $2.2M in Australia over Steam refunds

Valve fined $2.2M in Australia over Steam refunds

If buying games digitally, either on PC or console, has taught us one thing, it's that the idea of refunds is quickly disappearing. That's not always the case outside the US, however, where some countries' consumer protection laws still enforce refunds on digital purchases. It seems gaming giant Valve is learning that lesson the hard way, as an Australian court has fined the company AUD$3 million (nearly US$2.2 million) for not offering refunds on Steam purchases for several years.

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US authorities now ask some foreign visitors for personal social media links

US authorities now ask some foreign visitors for personal social media links

The U.S. government is now asking certain travelers from abroad to voluntarily provide links to their social media accounts, doing so in hopes of spotting signs of potential terrorism. The request is listed as optional, and specifies thirteen different social platforms specifically, as well as providing a field for entering any others travelers may use. This new data request was approved on December 19, and was first revealed earlier this year.

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Nokia’s patent attack on Apple just cranked up to max [Updated]

Nokia’s patent attack on Apple just cranked up to max [Updated]

Nokia has expanded its patent lawsuit against Apple, now suing the company across the US, Europe, and Asia, and filing a US International Trade Commission complaint. The move adds to the original lawsuits announced yesterday, which saw Nokia file in four courts - three in Germany and one in the US - alleging that Apple continued to refuse to cough up for using technologies the Finnish firm holds patents upon. At the time, Nokia warned that it was only the opening salvo, and that more lawsuits were to come.

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Uber and Volvo’s self-driving cars are in California purgatory

Uber and Volvo’s self-driving cars are in California purgatory

Uber's self-driving cars have been strong-armed off the road, with the California DMV yanking the vehicles' registrations after the ride-sharing firm refused to apply for proper permits. The fleet of sixteen customized Volvo XC90 SUVs had courted controversy, after Uber first set them loose in San Francisco without bothering to secure autonomous vehicle licenses, then refused to concede to the DMV's demands to freeze the trials. It leaves Uber's self-driving project - and indeed the plans Volvo has for autonomous vehicles - in potential disarray.

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These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

It's a strange list of patents that Nokia is suing Apple over - and not a list we'd have expected would have come so late in the game. Nokia's set of suits have been filed in the United States and Germany, for starters - they suggest they'll go further in the near future. At the same time Apple is suing Nokia for what they suggest is an effort to "extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones."

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Uber halts self-driving car tests, DMV revoked registration

Uber halts self-driving car tests, DMV revoked registration

The first chapter of Uber's tussle with California authorities has come to a close, and it did not end favorably for the ride-hailing service company. Pending an official statement, Uber has said that it has put the brakes on its self-driving pilot run in the state. It still probably contends that its cars don't legally require Uber to ask for a permit. But it really has no other choice as the California Department of Motor Vehicles supposedly revoked the registrations of the 16 cars in issue, effectively taking off public roads.

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Apple accuses Nokia of patent extortion scheme

Apple accuses Nokia of patent extortion scheme

Apple has accused Nokia of collaborating in patent pay-out extortion, alleging that the Finnish company has conspired with patent trolls to extract more than its fair share of IP licensing fees. In a complaint filed on December 20 in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California, Apple accuses Nokia of colluding with Acacia Research Corporation and its subsidiaries "to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones." According to Apple, Nokia has used sneaky tactics to make more from its patent portfolio than fair-use requirements might allow.

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Nokia just sued Apple for patent infringement

Nokia just sued Apple for patent infringement

Nokia is giving Apple the holiday gift of litigation, with the Finnish company announcing today that it will sue the Cupertino firm over alleged patent infringement. Complaints have been filed in the US and Germany, Nokia confirmed, but that won't be the end of it. Indeed, further suits in more jurisdictions are in the pipeline.

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Google sued for encouraging employees to spy on each other

Google sued for encouraging employees to spy on each other

“Don’t be evil.” That’s supposedly Google’s corporate motto but as many would attest, it might simply be Google poking fun at the very idea of doing nothing evil. Because that is precisely what Google is usually caught doing, depending on who you ask. If you ask a former Google product manager, that is definitely the case as far as California labor laws are concerned. Suing his former employer, this ex-Google drone claims Google implements shady confidentiality practices, including encouraging its minions to rat out each other.

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European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

European Commission accuses Facebook of misleading WhatsApp merger probe

The European Commission has accused Facebook of having ‘provided incorrect or misleading’ info during its probe into the company’s merger with WhatsApp a couple years ago. The issue appears to stem from Facebook’s claim that it couldn’t ‘establish reliable automated matching between’ Facebook accounts and WhatsApp accounts, something at odds with WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy and TOS presented this past August.

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