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Google slapped with multi-million dollar antitrust fine

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Following an antitrust investigation that ultimately determined Google has been engaging in anticompetitive practices in Russia, the company has been slapped by a multi-million dollar fine. What exactly are the anticompetitive practices Google was found to be engaging in? Pre-installing apps on its mobile OS Android, which is by far the most popular smartphone platform in Russia. Yeah...

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Zach Epstein

August 12th

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Google accused of stealing the tech behind its internet balloons

Google Project Loon Space Data
Google is facing accusations that it stole the technology behind one of its most intriguing moonshots, Project Loon. The project involves beaming internet down to remote areas from unmanned balloons circling the skies. A company called Space Data, which is also using balloons for the same purpose, filed a lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet, which alleges that Google execs violated a non-disclosure agreement and infringed two patents.

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Chris Smith

June 17th

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Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

Facebook Trending Topic Manipulation
Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process.

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Zach Epstein

May 24th

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Man dressed as Jesus arrested after refusing to leave Apple Store

Philly Jesus Arrested At Apple Store
Even the most hardcore Apple haters out there would have a tough time believing the company would turn away Jesus from one of its stores. And yet, that's sort of what happened at an Apple Store in Philadelphia when a man known locally as "Philly Jesus" was arrested for refusing to leave after being asked multiple times. WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reports that Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, was also arrested back in 2014 for refusing to leave Dilworth Plaza, where he had decided to go ice skating in his full Jesus attire.

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Brad Reed

May 3rd

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Lawsuit alleges T-Mobile is deceiving us about its ‘no-contract’ initiative

T-Mobile Lawsuit No Contract Fees
T-Mobile loves to brand itself the "Un-carrier" but a new lawsuit alleges that it's doing something very carrier-esque by charging customers sneaky early termination fees despite the fact that they never signed onto any service agreements. Per Top Class Actions, the suit is alleging that while "T-Mobile attracts customers by touting ‘no contract’ cell phone service plans without any hidden fees," the company actually "has a practice of unlawfully seeking the entire amount under the device contract as immediately due" whenever a customer leaves T-Mobile early.

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Brad Reed

April 21st

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One woman’s Fitbit just decided a criminal case

Fitbit Fitness Tracker Legal Case
Never lie while wearing a Fitbit. That's one of several takeaways from a recent case in which a woman who claimed to have been pulled out of her bed and sexually assaulted was put on probation after her fitness tracker proved that she was awake and active at the time.

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Jacob Siegal

April 20th

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Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

Microsoft Vs DOJ Secrecy Orders
Apple isn't the only company that's fighting with the government over user privacy these days. Via GeekWire, Microsoft has sued the United States Department of Justice and has asked a court to declare the government's secrecy orders as unconstitutional. Microsoft says it objects to orders issued by the DOJ that say the company cannot inform customers when law enforcement officials are seeking access to customer information and data.

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Brad Reed

April 14th

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People will absolutely hate this new tech, but it might save their lives

Textalyzer Texting Driving Law

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Texting and driving might become a thing of the past if new legislation passes in New York City. The proposed law would allow police to use a special device to determine instantly whether a driver involved in a car accident was using a mobile device for any purpose at the time of the accident.

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Chris Smith

April 13th

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What it’s like to be hunted nonstop by a predator drone

Predator Drone Strike Kill List
Here's a life tip you probably don't need to be told: You should really avoid having your name put on the government's drone strike "kill list." A kill list target named Malik Jalal believes that he's been wrongfully placed in the government's crosshairs and he's written a piece for The Independent describing what it's like to have predator drones hunting you and potentially firing missiles at you when you least expect it. Spoiler alert: It's not a lot of fun.

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Brad Reed

April 13th

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Uber Has Settled a Lawsuit Over Background Checks In California

Uber is currently embroiled in hundreds of lawsuits around the world, but after today, it can cross one off the list. The cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco sued Uber in 2014 over its background check procedures, but the company has now settled out of court for at least $10 million.

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Chris Mills

April 8th

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