iPhone 6 Smuggling China

Chinese smuggler gets busted with an insane 94 iPhone 6’s strapped to his body

By on January 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Chinese smuggler gets busted with an insane 94 iPhone 6’s strapped to his body

Selling the iPhone 6 illegally in China can make you big bucks, which is why smugglers are willing to go to insane lengths to bring ill-gotten iPhones into the country. The Verge directs our attention to a new report from Sina News about a man in China who got busted trying to sneak 94 iPhone 6 units into the country by strapping them all to his body. More →

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U.S. hits North Korea with huge new sanctions in response to Sony hack

By on January 2, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

U.S. hits North Korea with huge new sanctions in response to Sony hack

The United States just struck back against North Korea for its alleged role in the hack of Sony Pictures. In official statement released on Friday, U.S. president Barack Obama said he was signing an executive order authorizing stiff sanctions against North Korea for its “ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.” More →

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Facebook Messenger Scanned Messages

Class action suit takes Facebook to court over the scanning of private messages

By on December 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

Class action suit takes Facebook to court over the scanning of private messages

Facebook is again accused of violating the privacy of its users, Reuters reports, in a new class action suit that alleges the social network has been scanning the private messages sent by users in order to better target them with advertisements. More →

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T-Mobile Cramming Settlement $90 Million

T-Mobile forks over $90 million to settle ‘unfounded’ cramming charges

By on December 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

T-Mobile forks over $90 million to settle ‘unfounded’ cramming charges

Remember how indignant T-Mobile got when it was accused by the Federal Trade Commission of profiting from scams against its customers? Well now T-Mobile has agreed to fork over $90 million to settle the FTC’s charges, which it said were “unfounded and without merit” earlier this year. As part of the settlement, T-Mobile will have to provide full refunds to any affected customers. More →

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Obama Reddit Ask Me Anything

Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film

By on December 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film

President Barack Obama on Friday had tough words not only for North Korea — which earlier in the day had been named by the FBI as the chief culprit in the massive hack of Sony Pictures — but also for Sony itself. In particular, Obama said that he thinks Sony “made a mistake” by pulling the film from theaters in response to threats it had received from hackers tied to the North Korean government. More →

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Canada vs. Apple: iPhone

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

By on December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau. More →

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Apple iTunes Antitrust Suit Verdict

Apple wins big in $1 billion iTunes antitrust suit

By on December 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Apple wins big in $1 billion iTunes antitrust suit

It looks like draconian digital rights management practices that included deleting songs from some users’ iPods if they came from rival stores wasn’t enough to convince a jury that Apple violated antitrust regulations. The New York Times’ Bruce X. Chen reports via Twitter that a jury has tossed out a years-old lawsuit against Apple that alleged the company engaged in anticompetitive behavior to make sure its iTunes Store remained the dominant marketplace for digital music. More →

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AT&T Verizon Tax Breaks

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

By on December 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

This may shock you, but giving large companies special tax deals doesn’t magically lead to full employment and economic paradise. The Wall Street Journal reports that both AT&T and Verizon started receiving huge tax breaks starting in 2008 as part of a stimulus package and since then have actually reduced their combined employee counts by around 100,000 people. More →

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Why The Pirate Bay Is Bad

Why one of The Pirate Bay’s cofounders hopes the site stays dead

By on December 10, 2014 at 11:02 AM.

Why one of The Pirate Bay’s cofounders hopes the site stays dead

There were a lot of sad pirates on Tuesday after a massive police raid completely shut down the infamous Pirate Bay torrent website worldwide. However, TorrentFreak reports that Pirate Bay cofounder and former spokesman Peter Sunde now believes that the site should stay down with Davy Jones’ locker this time and permanently die off. More →

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Steve Jobs Video Testimony in iPod Antitrust Case

Apple slams media for wanting to see a ‘dead man’ in Steve Jobs’s iPod case testimony

By on December 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Apple slams media for wanting to see a ‘dead man’ in Steve Jobs’s iPod case testimony

Apple is currently on the defense in an iPod antitrust case that claims the company deleted music on users’ iPods that came from third-party sources without explicitly telling them what was going on. The plaintiffs have at their disposal emails from Steve Jobs to other Apple execs and a video testimony from the former Apple leader that are used against the company, and various media organizations including the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN want that video to be made public. More →

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Apple iPod and iTunes Antitrust

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

By on December 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

Apple is on trial this month, having to defend against allegations that it broke antitrust laws and stifled competition in the music players and downloads businesses with its iPod and iTunes practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs on Wednesday told jurors that between 2007 and 2009 Apple regularly deleted music from iPods that stored downloads from other services, without telling users what was going on. More →

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