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Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

Time Warner Cable lambasted over slow speeds by New York AG

New Yorkers have been writing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over alleged slow download speeds on Time Warner Cable, and those complaints have prompted the AG to fire off a letter to Charter, the company that recently finalized its TWC acquisition. In the letter, Schneiderman presses Charter to fix Time Warner Cable’s ‘abysmal’ performance, citing numerous complaints about lower-than-advertised download speeds.

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UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

Apple may have scored somewhat of a victory in the name of security and privacy in the UK just as it somewhat did in the US just recently. December last year, Apple voiced out its concerns over the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that would require companies to have backdoors to encrypted systems so that government access could be granted any time. That bill has now been passed by the UK's House of Commons but removes the sections that make such backdoors necessary, thanks partly to the opposition of companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others.

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FBI tipped to be making powerful ‘tattoo recognition technology’

FBI tipped to be making powerful ‘tattoo recognition technology’

Before getting my first tattoo, I joked that I was about to make any potential future as a fugitive from the law a lot harder. Tattoos, even trendy ones picked from the same book used by hundreds of other people, can be highly personal -- not just in what it means to a person, but in how much it helps identify that individual. Even small elements can say quite a bit about the person who got it, and the FBI is reportedly developing a technology that can exploit these unspoken cues.

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Yahoo has made three National Security Letters public

Yahoo has made three National Security Letters public

National Security Letters are a big deal, and that’s because companies face severe restrictions related to them. No company has been able to make the nature of the letters, nor the number or even a narrow range of the number of letters received, public. As consumer fears about privacy invasions led to a fast scramble on tech companies’ parts to be more transparent, certain law changes have come about, and one of them has led to Yahoo disclosing publishing National Security Letters.

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Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Bad news for Oracle and Larry Ellison today, as a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of Google and dismissed a $9bn attempt to take a bite out of Android. The lengthy legal saga had seen Oracle contend that, in developing Android, Google should've paid for a license to the Java programming language; not so, Google countered, insisting that it was all done under fair use given copyright law.

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FCC targets signal jammers, fines Chinese company $34m

FCC targets signal jammers, fines Chinese company $34m

Chinese company CTS Technology has been fined $34.9 million by the Federal Communications Commission for selling signal jammers, which block your ability to use your phone and are, as you’d expect, incredibly illegal. According to the FCC, some of the CTS’ signal jammers could disrupt phones, GPS and other devices across multiple blocks, impairing access to emergency services and more.

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The Pirate Bay returns to .org domain

The Pirate Bay returns to .org domain

While I don't actually use the website, I enjoy reading news pertaining to The Pirate Bay. For many years, the site has been providing links to torrents, and no one has been able to take them down. Most recently, a Swedish court ruled that they must give up two of their most-commonly used domain names. But today brings a new twist in the tale.

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Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents

Samsung is definitely no stranger to patent lawsuits. It has been sued left and right by different parties, ranging from your usual patent trolls to Apple, in its most high-profile patent court battle. Now, however, Samsung is facing an attack from an unexpected new foe. Chinese OEM Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US, alleging that the Korean consumer electronics giant has used several of its patents, mostly relating to the use of 4G technology and software, in its smartphones without paying a license fee.

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Paramount drops copyright lawsuit against Star Trek fan film creators

Paramount drops copyright lawsuit against Star Trek fan film creators

Star Trek fans have a reason to celebrate today; not only has a new trailer for Star Trek: Beyond been released, but franchise owners Paramount Pictures and CBS have revealed they're dropping a controversial copyright lawsuit against the makers of the ambitious fan film, Star Trek: Axanar. The news was announced by none other than JJ Abrams at a fan event held on Beyond's movie lot.

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Hidden FBI microphones planted in public outside California courthouse

Hidden FBI microphones planted in public outside California courthouse

For a period of 10 months, the FBI planted hidden microphones in several public locations outside a courthouse in Oakland, California, it has recently been discovered. A warrant wasn't needed, but the microphones allowed the government to secretly record and monitor private conversations during the period between March 2010 and January 2011.

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Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

The Pirate Bay is a website that I honestly never thought would still be around. If you've somehow never heard of it, the website is used for searching for and downloading torrents. Many of these are for pirated media and programs, hence the name. It's been around since 2003, and has fought many legal battles to keep itself online for the last 13 years. However, it looks like it may have suffered a major blow today.

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Walmart files lawsuit against VISA for requiring customer signatures

Walmart files lawsuit against VISA for requiring customer signatures

Wal-Mart isn't known for being a champion of the people. While they do offer low prices, they also don't pay competitive wages for their workers. However, yesterday the company announced that they would be suing Visa, due to perceived risks to customers who use debit cards issued by the company.

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