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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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Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Another report has surfaced that highlights the need to exercise caution and understand local regulations when using drones. One Australian man is now facing a hefty $9,000 AUD fine after sharing a video in which he seemingly uses a drone to both retrieve and deliver a sausage. It’s not the sausage delivery itself that may get him in legal trouble, however, but the way in which he made the delivery.

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EA Origin goes dark in Myanmar, embargoes cited

EA Origin goes dark in Myanmar, embargoes cited

It’s not unusual for online services or content to be restricted to certain countries. Netflix and YouTube, for example, are notorious for such. Copyright and licensing negotiations are usually cited as the reasons behind those prohibitions. More controversial, however, are when such restrictions are put in place because of political reasons. Such is allegedly the case when EA, without very little warning, blocked access to its Origin games in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, later citing embargoes and sanctions imposed by the US against certain countries.

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Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has been an increasingly contentious issue, with the FTC recently calling out deceptive sponsored social media posts as the first part of a crackdown against them. The commission wants to see more transparency with those posts, but is noticeably quiet on a related issue: influencer marketing targeted specifically at children. As a result, three consumer watchdogs have filed a complaint with the FTC, requesting that it do something about the problem.

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Sweden camera drone ban forces operators to get a permit

Sweden camera drone ban forces operators to get a permit

Sweden just made it really, really hard to fly a camera drone in public places, doing so to protect privacy more so than one’s passion for aerial photography and hobbyist flights. Camera drones aren't outright banned in the country, as residents will still be able to apply and pay for a permit. The problem is, the permits are not guaranteed, and can be denied if the government finds cause — namely, the possible invasion of privacy.

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Samsung hurls DMCA at Galaxy Note 7 Bomb GTA 5 mod

Samsung hurls DMCA at Galaxy Note 7 Bomb GTA 5 mod

The use of satire and parody over the Internet isn’t new, but as always, humor doesn’t travel well over TCP/IP. And given its very nature, such jokes often end up offending involved parties. Unfortunately, there are times when the law can be used, or abused, by offended parties to their benefit. That may seem to be what Samsung has just done in using a copyright takedown notice against a popular GTA 5 mod that literally used the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive powers. Unfortunately, as with any legal, especially copyright, matter, things are not as straightforward.

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Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC over erroneous billing issues

Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC over erroneous billing issues

Comcast has been fined $2.3 million over so-called ‘negative option billing’ — that is, unauthorized billing for services or goods that weren’t request and that require the consumer to contact the company in dispute and to seek refunds. According to the FCC, it had received many complaints from Comcast customers who claimed the service provider was bill “cramming,” or adding charges to bills for things they didn’t request, including DVRs and premium channels. In some cases, subscribers say they declined items, only to be mailed them and billed for them.

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Uber and Lyft face their newest battle in Philadelphia

Uber and Lyft face their newest battle in Philadelphia

Uber and Lyft face their latest legal struggle in Philadelphia, where they were ordered yesterday night to stop operating. Both companies ultimately ignored the order and continued providing rides via their respective platforms; soon after, Uber got a small victory via a preliminary injunction that blocked the cease and desist order. That itself is only a temporary victory, though, and the company -- as well as Lyft -- face an uphill battle to get more friendly legislation established, otherwise they risk a similar order to cease operations in the future.

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Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

An appeals court this week says that Apple is once again in a position to demand $119.6 million USD from Samsung for patent infringement. The original verdict was thrown out earlier this year - back in February - but in an 8-3 ruling the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that order. They went on to suggest that Samsung could be liable for even more cash, depending on whether the trial judge says that Samsung did any intentional copyright infringement.

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Sources: Yahoo modified spam filter to spy on users’ emails

Sources: Yahoo modified spam filter to spy on users’ emails

Yahoo spied on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails, according to a recent report, doing so under a secret court order on behalf of U.S intelligence agencies. The company made a statement in regards to the matter, saying the sources were ‘misleading’ and that the alleged software doesn’t exist on its system. Now a new batch of sources have cropped up with more info, claiming Yahoo performed its spying deeds by tweaking its spam filter, using it to not only look for spam and other unsavory things, but to also keep an eye out for emails coming from a particular terrorist organization.

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Tesla hit with age discrimination lawsuit from former engineer

Tesla hit with age discrimination lawsuit from former engineer

Tesla Motors is being sued by a former engineer who claims he suffered discrimination — and was ultimately fired — because of his age. Thomas Flessner, age 69, was hired by Tesla in 2012 to work as a materials engineer at a company facility in Fremont, California. While there, Flessner’s lawsuit alleges he was subjected to harsher treatment than his younger peers, and that his supervisor repeatedly singled him out or made it difficult to correct issues, reportedly cancelling scheduled meetings and more. Flessner was fired this past February.

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Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

A report yesterday claimed Yahoo built custom software to spy on its users’ emails on behalf of U.S. intelligence agencies, something that reportedly caused disagreements behind closed doors and at least one resignation. In a statement issued today, Yahoo downplayed the report, saying that it “narrowly interpret[s] every government request for user data to minimize disclosure.” The company also said, “The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

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