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Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Way back in 2012, Facebook was hit with a lawsuit over real-world currency children had spent playing games on the social network. The issue revolved around Facebook Credits, which gamers could buy using a credit card; the currency, then, would be used to buy virtual goods of one sort or another in Facebook games. This quickly became an issue as kids charged huge bills on their parents' bank accounts without realizing what they were doing. The issue has dragged on in various legal matters since, and now a judge has ruled that Facebook must refund parents.

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Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung hits Huawei with patent infringement lawsuits

Samsung has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in China, claiming the latter company has violated half a dozen of its patents. The exact patents allegedly infringement upon haven’t been revealed at this time, nor it is clear how many courts received documents from Samsung, though it reportedly sued the company in multiple Chinese courts. The lawsuits were filed a couple weeks ago.

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EFF sues US government on how DMCA threatens security research

EFF sues US government on how DMCA threatens security research

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA has been one of the most debated laws affecting the tech industry. While the intention to protecty copyright in this modern age is commendable, the DMCA has often been waved around by giant companies, like record labels, as a threat to those who make even the slightest error in using, say, music in a YouTube video. That law happens to also impose restrictions in security research, which digital rights advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF is now challenging by suing the US government.

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AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California having to do with how the AppleCare+ warranty operates. The suit was filed on Wednesday of this week and argues that Apple isn't meeting the contract that comes with an AppleCare+ warranty. Specifically the suit claims that devices that are replaced under warranty with refurbished replacements don’t meet a specifically clause in the contract.

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China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

Public testing of autonomous cars in China has been put on hold, with regulators insisting automakers must wait until the government has figured out the necessary regulations. Several self-driving vehicle projects are underway in the country, but the moratorium means that, for now, prototypes can only be trialled on private facilities.

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VW accused of “willful and systematic” diesel cheating as top execs named

VW accused of “willful and systematic” diesel cheating as top execs named

Volkswagen may be doing its best to placate diesel owners, but new lawsuits filed in the US lay the blame for dieselgate on pervasive corporate culture not just a few bad staff. Painting a very different picture of the internal politics of the automaker, the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general accused the company of harboring a "willful and systematic scheme of cheating" today in state lawsuits.

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Germany plans “black box” recorder rule for Autopilot-style cars

Germany plans “black box” recorder rule for Autopilot-style cars

With controversy lingering over the role Tesla's Autopilot played in recent crashes, German regulators are preparing new rules that would demand "black box" recorders in any car offering driver assistance technology. Though fully self-driving cars are still some way off from general market availability, increasingly capable semi-autonomous or "piloted driving" systems are spreading from luxury sedans down to the mass market.

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Assemblyman threatens Pokemon GO legislation in name of public safety

Assemblyman threatens Pokemon GO legislation in name of public safety

Pokemon GO has raised safety concerns on multiple levels, and now one Brooklyn Democrat has threatened to introduce legislation related to the game if the company behind it fails to be “be vigilant before they become liable” for any issues related to, it seems, public safety. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz made his statements earlier this week, saying, “Every single one of us who might want to play this game have to be very cautious."

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Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

A Department of Justice lawsuit filed this week seeks to force Facebook’s hand in a battle against the IRS and the allegations it has made about Facebook’s tax records. According to the IRS, the social network may have skirted paying taxes on billions of dollars by understating the value of some of its IP that was transferred to Ireland. The DoJ’s lawsuit, which was filed this past Wednesday in California, aims to make Facebook turn over documents as part of the tax investigation.

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Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years by US regulators

Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years by US regulators

Over the last year, blood-testing startup Theranos has fallen from its position as a rising star in Silicon Valley. The company has become the subject of several federal investigations, been accused of false advertising and unreliable test results, and found to be operating without FDA approval, all following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal eight months ago over recurring irregularities. Now Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been federally banned from running a US lab for the next two years.

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China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China's ever-present grip on the Internet and everything related to it just got a little tighter. In an effort to crackdown on popular media, mobile game developers must get their games pre-approved by the Chinese government before launching them in the nation. The rule went into effect today, though it was first announced in early June. To avoid running afoul of the new regulations, developers must submit their games to China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television, more commonly called “SAPPRFT," at least 20 days before launch.

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This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

So you're a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI owner - or you used to be - and your big question this morning is "how much is VW going to pay for my car?" The ink is hardly dry on the proposed settlement between the emissions-test-cheating German automaker, regulators in the US, and a suit brought by drivers themselves, but already we have a good idea of what your diesel is worth whether you purchased outright or leased it.

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