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Snapchat CEO doesn’t want poor people using his app, lawsuit claims

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Earlier this year, a former Snapchat employee named Anthony Pompliano filed suit against Snap Inc. for inflating user numbers and flat-out lying to investors about the company's long-term potential for growth. Pompliano's lawsuit was originally filed this past January, albeit in redacted form. This week, an unredacted version of the lawsuit was made public and, not surprisingly, it contains some shocking revelations.

The most headline-grabbing blurb (via Variety) alleges that Pompliano, while attending a meeting regarding Snapchat's growth prospects, voiced concern about disappointing user adoption in international markets. Not even letting Pompliano finish his point, the lawsuit claims that Snap CEO Evan Spiegel interrupted Pompliano and boldly declared: "This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain."

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Yoni Heisler

April 13th

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Uber accused of using ‘sophisticated’ software to cheat both drivers and passengers

Uber Class Action Suit: Driver-cheating Software

Uber has a lot of spring cleaning to do, considering the many distinct scandals it has to deal with. And things aren’t looking up for the “taxi” company, as a new lawsuit brings up an astonishing new claim. Apparently, Uber uses a “sophisticated” software that allows it to cheat on both the driver and the passenger.

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Chris Smith

April 7th

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Trump just destroyed internet privacy

New Internet Privacy Law Signed Trump

Congress a few days ago voted to pass a repeal of Obama’s broadband privacy rules that prevented internet service providers from selling your personal data without obtaining consent first. The White House then confirmed that President Trump will sign the bill, without specifying when that will happen. It turns out that Trump inked the new law on Monday, making the whole thing official. Even if many of them say they will not sell your internet browsing history and other personal data, ISPs can now do so under the new rules.

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Chris Smith

April 4th

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Apple squeaks out court win against Chinese company that almost doesn’t even exist

iPhone China Lawsuit

Apple might have the most iconic line of smartphones on the planet but that doesn't mean it's had an easy go of it in every corner of the map. In China, for instance, Apple has been forced to fight for the privilege of even selling its products, with government officials constantly bashing the company and endless legal hurdles that regularly threaten to damage its reputation. This week, Apple can claim at least a small victory in the country as a Beijing court ruled in favor of Apple in a patent case versus a small Chinese phone maker which cried foul.

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Mike Wehner

March 27th

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Law firm claims Tesla is falsely advertising what its Autopilot software can do

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The law firm of Hagens Berman is angling to bring a class action suit against Tesla for exaggerating the extent to which the company's self-driving software is fully autonomous. Originally spotted by Electrek, Hagens Berman has a new page up on its website where it argues that Tesla owners who paid a $10,000 premium for the company's self-driving software were misled and didn't get what they paid for.

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Yoni Heisler

March 22nd

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Real-life Mario Kart crashes into police station

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Remember that quirky Mario Kart-inspired tour service in Japan we told you about last week? Well now in addition to being sued by Nintendo, the company — called MariCar, in case you had forgotten — is in the news thanks to one of its karts driving right into the side of a small police post. Who would have known letting untrained tourists drive a go-kart a bustling urban center would lead to such headaches? Oh, right, everyone would have known that.

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Mike Wehner

March 8th

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Nintendo is suing a ‘Mario Kart’-inspired tour service because it hates joy

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Nintendo, noted inventors of playthings and haters of Bluetooth headsets, is taking a Tokyo-based sightseeing company to court in the hopes of forcing the employees to stop wearing Nintendo-themed costumes while working. The service is called MariCar — yeah, that's a little much, guys — and it provides tours of the bustling Japanese city via go-kart. Nintendo is predictably upset, and wants them to stop immediately.

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Mike Wehner

February 25th

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Man’s plan to bomb Target stores to buy cheap stock totally backfires

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Get rich schemes come in all shapes in sizes, but leave it to the always creative "Florida Man" to come up with perhaps the worst money-making scheme in the history of mankind. Mark Charles Barnett is currently in custody and facing up to ten years in prison after planning to blow up several Target retail stores along the East Coast in an attempt to get the company's stock to dip, allowing him an opportunity to grab shares at a reduced cost. Needless to say, things didn't exactly work out as Barnett planned.

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Mike Wehner

February 18th

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Samsung’s top exec is about to be arrested for allegedly bribing the president

Jay Y Lee Samsung Bribery Scandal

Here's something you don't see every day: a massive scandal in South Korea could see the head of the country's largest conglomerate jailed and the president removed from office.

In the latest chapter in the ongoing saga that's almost too crazy to believe, South Korea's special prosecutor's office on Tuesday confirmed to reporters that it will once again ask the court for a warrant to arrest Jay Y. Lee, the third-generation billionaire chief of the Samsung Group. Lee, a suspect in a bribery probe that reaches all the way to the president of the country, was questioned for more than 15 hours on Monday. The 48-year-old executive was apparently unable to convince authorities of his innocence, and it now appears as though is arrest is imminent.

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Zach Epstein

February 14th

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Samsung boss freed from jail as court dismisses arrest warrant

Samsung Boss Free Arrest Warrant

Samsung Group’s chief Jay Y. Lee was freed from jail after spending a night behind bars, as a South Korean court on Thursday decided to dismiss an arrest warrant brought forward by a special prosecutor who’s investigating the alleged bribery and corruption of President Park Geun-hye.

The charges against Lee have not been dismissed.

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Chris Smith

January 19th

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