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Russia proposes banning cigarette sales to people born in 2016 or later

Russia proposes banning cigarette sales to people born in 2016 or later

Society is slowly gravitating away from tobacco cigarettes, a shift resulting largely from dedicated anti-tobacco campaigns highlighting associated health risks and, more recently, the prevalence of nicotine vaping devices. The change isn't happening quickly enough in some critics' opinions, however, and not every country is seeing the same rate of decline. Now, in an effort to eradicate smoking within its own borders, Russia has proposed a radical new cigarette ban.

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Apple sued, FaceTime blamed for fatal car accident

Apple sued, FaceTime blamed for fatal car accident

Driving and using a smartphone at the same time is usually made illegal in some states, with some caveats, for a reason. Drivers have time and again proven themselves incapable of exercising good judgment in those cases. Sometimes, however, companies that implement the technologies, or rather fail to implement them, should be held accountable as well. That seems to be the reasoning behind a lawsuit filed in Texas against Apple, accusing it of not implementing a FaceTime patent it held which could have prevented the death of a five-year old girl in a tragic 2014 vehicular accident.

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Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook is working on building its own copyright tracking technology, according to sources, and it'll use this technology as part of a larger licensing plan. Say the sources, big-name record labels have been pressuring the social network to remove user-uploaded copyrighted videos, and to license the music shared by its users. However, the sources caution that we likely won't see a deal struck between the record labels and Facebook until at least spring 2017.

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Takata tipped near billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities

Takata tipped near billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities

Takata is close to striking a massive settlement deal with U.S. authorities, according to sources, with the financial penalty possibly being as high as a billion dollars. According to these sources, Takata’s legal team is working with Department of Justice officials on the settlement, which could include Takata pleading guilty to criminal misconduct. We could see some significant updates as early as next month, but the matter may drag on into a later date in 2017.

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Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

How reliable a witness is Amazon's Alexa? The voice-controlled assistant, star of the Echo smart speaker but increasingly spreading to other connected devices, has become the unexpected informant in an Arkansas murder investigation set to go to trial come 2017. According to police, and freshly-unearthed warrants filed by investigators, the always-listening Echo could hold crucial evidence in the case.

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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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