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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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Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Less than a week after Uber launched a trial program in San Francisco using self-driving cars, the ride-hailing service found itself in hot water with local regulators. Unlike the dozens of other tech and car companies testing autonomous vehicles in California, Uber decided to do so without applying for a permit from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV has warned it will take legal action if Uber doesn't halt its testing until a permit is granted.

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Senate report on smart toys raises privacy concerns

Senate report on smart toys raises privacy concerns

A new Senate report has detailed privacy and security concerns related to so-called ‘smart toys’ — that is, Internet-connected toys for children. These toys may gather information related to children, possibly including things like their names and other details, which could then be vulnerable to data thieves. The primary concern highlighted in the report tends to be identity theft, with some worrying that vulnerable personal data on children can be used to open financial accounts and other damaging things.

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Tesla settles “Insane” P85D lawsuit over lack of power

Tesla settles “Insane” P85D lawsuit over lack of power

Tesla's "Insane" and "Ludicrous" branding for its performance upgrades might be tongue-in-cheek, but power confusion has forced the EV automaker to cough up cash for unhappy owners. The Californian car company had been taken to task by drivers in Noway, who weren't convinced by how Tesla had branded one of its high-performance Model S sedans. Turns out, not all horsepower calculations are created equal.

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Airbnb compromises with New Orleans over rental regulations

Airbnb compromises with New Orleans over rental regulations

Airbnb may have revolutionized the way people travel and find places to stay, but the company still struggles to find acceptance in cities with strict regulations over short-term rentals, not to mention the hotel industry. But that seems to be changing in New Orleans, one of locations where Airbnb has had difficulty in operating, as the company has reached a new agreement with city officials, conceding on a number of registration and regulation policies.

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Michigan first state to pass fully self-driving car law

Michigan first state to pass fully self-driving car law

Self-driving cars might find the roads in Michigan most welcoming for their AI pilots, with the state being the first in the US to make autonomous driving legal. The new law was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder this morning after extended discussions with automakers and ride-sharing firms, and includes permissions including vehicles that have no traditional controls whatsoever. It's part of Michigan's attempt to get ahead of rivals like California and Nevada in the race to self-driving transportation.

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Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung's $400m damages pay-out to Apple for copying the iPhone design has been overturned, with the US Supreme Court sending the ruling back for reassessment. The court agreed to hear Samsung's complaint earlier this year, with Samsung arguing that Apple's argument that various models of the South Korean firm's phones and tablets infringed patented features like a rectangular devices with rounded corners had led to a miscalculation in what damages should be owed. Now, the Federal Circuit will again rule on whether that $400m figure is the most appropriate.

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Galaxy Note 7 users will get no additional compensation says Samsung

Galaxy Note 7 users will get no additional compensation says Samsung

Galaxy Note 7 owners who are hoping for some additional compensation thanks to having to return their phablets twice will be disappointed. Samsung has stated that there will be no more compensation for the users other than what has already been offered. The statement on no further compensation comes after a class-action suit has been filed against Samsung on behalf of Note 7 owners.

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No Man’s Sky cleared of false advertising by Advertising Standards Authority

No Man’s Sky cleared of false advertising by Advertising Standards Authority

No Man's Sky ran afoul of some gamers who felt that the images, video,and text on the Steam Store Page for the game were misleading. At least 23 people felt that the content on that page was misleading enough that they complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK, but the ASA has now cleared Hello Games of any misleading advertising. Most of the complaints reportedly focused on a misleading pictures and assets of what the game offered on the Steam Store page for the title.

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Theaters must provide tech for blind and deaf customers, says DoJ

Theaters must provide tech for blind and deaf customers, says DoJ

New regulations require movie theaters to provide assistance technologies for blind and deaf customers, the Department of Justice has announced. These new regulations are part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title III, with the final ruling specifying that movie theaters have to provide audio descriptions and closed movie captioning for those who need them. The requirement only applies to digital movies that were made, produced or distributed with such features, however.

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