Apple Vs Samsung

Appeals Court chops $382M off of Samsung’s penalty for copying the iPhone

By on May 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM.

Appeals Court chops $382M off of Samsung’s penalty for copying the iPhone

Back in 2012, the entire tech world was captivated by Apple and Samsung’s patent trial. One of the things that made the trial so interesting is that it lifted the veil of secrecy that typically shrouds Apple’s operations, providing us with unprecedented access to the company’s development process, market research methodology, and even photos of unreleased iPhone prototypes.

As for the merits of the case itself, Apple would ultimately emerge victorious, with a jury awarding Apple $930 million in damages. But as with any court ruling, especially one with nearly a billion dollars on the line, Samsung has busied itself with filing all sorts of appeals looking to have the ruling overturned, or at the very least, the damages amount reduced.

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North Korean Defense Minister Anti-Aircraft Gun Execution

North Korean official falls asleep during rally, gets executed by an anti-aircraft gun

By on May 13, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

North Korean official falls asleep during rally, gets executed by an anti-aircraft gun

Every time you find yourself complaining about your boss, just remember things could always be worse — for instance, you could be working for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Per Reuters, it seems that North Korea this week executed its own defense minister after he fell asleep during a political rally where Kim Jong Un was present. After being formally charged with “treason” for this transgression, the official was killed by an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range. More →

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Six Strikes Copyright Alert System

Hollywood filmmakers are calling the ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy policy a ‘sham’

By on May 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM.

Hollywood filmmakers are calling the ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy policy a ‘sham’

Ever since its inception, the voluntary “six strikes” Copyright Alert System has been one of the most controversial in the film industry… but maybe not for the reasons you think. In effect, the policy was meant to give pirates six warnings before throttling their download speeds or blocking their access to torrent sites, but many filmmakers believe it doesn’t go nearly far enough. More →

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Verizon Sprint $158 Million Cramming Settlement

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

By on May 12, 2015 at 4:46 PM.

Did Verizon and Sprint hit you with bogus cramming charges? How to get your money back

Like their rivals AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have also agreed pay back their customers who got hit with bogus cramming charges. The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday that Sprint and Verizon would fork over a combined total of $158 million to settle the matter and most of that money will be going directly back to consumers. More →

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GPS Tracking App

Sign of the times? Employee fired after removing GPS tracking app from her smartphone

By on May 12, 2015 at 11:59 AM.

Sign of the times? Employee fired after removing GPS tracking app from her smartphone

A troubling lawsuit coming out of California alleges that a woman was fired from her job after she uninstalled an app that her employer requested all employees had to download. The troubling aspect of the story is that the app in question was capable of tracking employee location data even when employees weren’t on the clock.

The lawsuit in question was filed by Myrna Arias who was previously employed by Intermex Wire Transfer as an account manager. According to the suit, originally spotted by Ars Technica, Arias’ boss asked her and other employees to download a mobile app called Xora which, according to the app description on the App Store, allows mobile workers to record pertinent information when they are on the go.

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Sandwich Police

Man robs Subway sandwich shop, then crosses street to buy sandwich at Potbellys

By on May 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Man robs Subway sandwich shop, then crosses street to buy sandwich at Potbellys

When it comes to sandwiches, people are extremely particular. Whether it’s deciding what they want on their sandwich or which sandwich shops are the best in town, sandwich lovers are an all around passionate bunch.

Recently, a man in Chicago took his passion for sandwiches to a whole new level. DNAinfo reports today that a man in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago recently robbed a Subway sandwich shop with a knife before opting to walk across the street to a Potbellys and, surprise surprise, order a sandwich.

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Apple Free U2 Album Russia

Russian politician fears Apple’s free U2 album will make you gay

By on April 30, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

Russian politician fears Apple’s free U2 album will make you gay

Can mediocre dad rock alter your sexual orientation? That’s the belief of one Russian politician who thinks that Apple is secretly trying to corrupt the youth of the Motherland by giving away a free U2 album that purportedly promotes homosexuality. The Guardian reports that LDPR party member Alexander Starovoitov is objecting to the album because it features “the band’s drummer, Larry Mullen Jr, embracing his 18-year-old son, Elvis, shirtless,” which U2 has said is “a visual metaphor for the album and its theme of ‘how holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else’s.'” More →

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France Charlie Hebdo Patriot Act

French government really doesn’t want you comparing its new surveillance bill to the Patriot Act

By on April 17, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

French government really doesn’t want you comparing its new surveillance bill to the Patriot Act

France insists it’s not working on a French version of the U.S. Patriot Act that would give the government massive additional surveillance powers, The Verge reports. But the French government is definitely interested in passing a law that would give it more freedom to collect information in its fight against terrorism, even if local businesses and human rights organizations are criticizing the initiative. More →

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Google Europe Antitrust Case Lawsuit

Google is about to get slammed with major antitrust charges

By on April 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Google is about to get slammed with major antitrust charges

Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” credo is about to take a major publicity hit. The Financial Times is reporting that the European Union on Wednesday will formally accuse Google of abusing its power as the world’s most used search engine. Specifically, the EU is poised to serve Google “with a formal charge sheet alleging that it breached antitrust rules by diverting traffic from rivals in order to favour its in-house services.” More →

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Airport Baggage Handlers Theft Video

Horrifying video shows airport baggage handlers stealing right from passengers’ luggage

By on April 14, 2015 at 10:08 AM.

Horrifying video shows airport baggage handlers stealing right from passengers’ luggage

Ever have something in your bags somehow get “lost” on the way from the check-in counter to the baggage claim? It turns out it likely wasn’t lost but stolen by thieving airport baggage handlers, as horrifying surveillance footage obtained by CNN shows. More →

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AT&T Customer Data $25 Million Fine

AT&T slammed with $25 million fine after employees steal customers’ Social Security numbers

By on April 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

AT&T slammed with $25 million fine after employees steal customers’ Social Security numbers

AT&T has made a huge $25 million mistake. The New York Times reports that the Federal Communications Commission slammed AT&T with a massive $25 million fine on Wednesday for “failing to protect the personal information, including the Social Security numbers, of its customers.” Essentially, employees at AT&T’s call centers in three different countries stole roughly 300,000 customers’ names and Social Security numbers and then sold them to third parties. That’s obvious a very bad thing. More →

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