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Qualcomm takes a $773 million hit in its fight against Apple

Qualcomm Antitrust Fine

The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission has fined Qualcomm NT$23.4 billion ($773 million) for antitrust violations. This is one other major defeat for the chipmaker that’s currently embroiled in a complicated legal battle against Apple and other tech firms. And local regulators keep hitting Qualcomm with fines, seemingly siding with Apple.

Whatever Qualcomm says about Apple’s actions, these fines will undoubtedly hinder its defense. Qualcomm’s bottom line and the stock could also take serious hits.

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Chris Smith

October 12th

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Netflix sent a ‘Stranger Things’ bar the best cease-and-desist letter you’ve ever seen

Stranger Things Bar

As far as cease and desist letters go, you'll be hard pressed to find one more charming than the one Netflix recently sent to the purveyors of a pop-up Stranger Things themed bar located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

The bar originally sprang up in late August and, rather appropriately, was called "The Upside Down." As you would imagine, the Stranger Things influence in the bar is ubiquitous and impossible to miss. The location even features a well-crafted replica of the iconic lit-up alphabet wall we saw during the show's first season.

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Yoni Heisler

September 18th

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Judge rules that Apple’s lawsuits against Qualcomm can proceed

Apple Vs Qualcomm

Over the past few months, Apple has been embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with Qualcomm over iPhone royalty payments. According to Apple's initial $1 billion suit, which was filed this past January, Qualcomm has been overcharging Apple for iPhone components for years. Apple, in turn, has decided to withhold royalty payments from Qualcomm until the matter is resolved. As Apple laid out in its initial complaint, the royalty rate Qualcomm demands from Apple is based on the overall cost of the iPhone as opposed to the inherent value of the components provided.

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Yoni Heisler

September 9th

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FBI launches yet another investigation into Uber

Uber vs. Lyft

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi inherited an Uber that’s riddled with problems that need fixing, and most of them have complex legal aspects. One of them concerns an older Uber practice that involved spying on the competition to lure away drivers, and it looks like Uber’s Hell program got itself its own FBI investigation.

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Chris Smith

September 8th

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FBI launches yet another investigation into Uber

Uber vs. Lyft

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi inherited an Uber that’s riddled with problems that need fixing, and most of them have complex legal aspects. One of them concerns an older Uber practice that involved spying on the competition to lure away drivers, and it looks like Uber’s Hell program got itself its own FBI investigation.

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Chris Smith

September 8th

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Microsoft promises never to force upgrades on customers ever again

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Microsoft's Windows 10 rollout was something of a disaster. It's not that the operating system is bad — in fact, it's widely considered to be quite a bit better than its predecessors Windows 8 and (ugh) 8.1 — but the manner in which the company attempted to motivate customers to upgrade left a sour taste in just about everyone's mouth. Now, Microsoft is promising to never, ever make that horrible mistake again, and it's making that promise in court.

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Mike Wehner

August 25th

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Predictive computer models have helped Chicago curb shootings by up to 39 percent

chicago crime ai

Comparing modern technology to the future predicted by Philip K Dick's sci-fi short story — and eventual 2002 feature film — Minority Report is getting easier by the day. Some of Dick's predictions, like the broad implementation of biometric scanning systems and driverless cars, are already here, but the film's big future tech hook of predictive crime stopping has been a slower burn here in reality. Now, Chicago police using cutting-edge predictive algorithms to curb violent crime have proven that knowing where shootings are going to occur, and who will be involved, is actually possible, and it's having a dramatic impact on the murder rate. 

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Mike Wehner

August 8th

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This free ‘robot lawyer’ will help you beat Uncle Sam anywhere in the United States

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The United States is a democracy, where every citizen has the right to be treated fairly by the legal system, but unfortunately things don't always work out that way. Fighting something as simple as a parking ticket can be a minefield of confusing regulations and obscure rules that seem to have been designed specifically to overwhelm the average person. Now, a 'robot lawyer' is trying to change that, and after already helping to get nearly 400,000 tickets thrown out, the tool is available for everyone in the United States.

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Mike Wehner

July 14th

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City axes carpooling laws, causing mass chaos

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Most of us roll our eyes at traffic laws, and when you're stuck behind a hundred other cars trying to make it down the same stretch of pavement, the idea of a carpool lane catering only to those with three or more people in their vehicle can seem downright criminal. For decades, Jakarta, Indonesia, had one of the most strict carpooling laws around, allowing vehicles with three or more occupants to skirt the rest of the traffic bottleneck thanks to special fast lanes. Then they stripped the law from the books, and all hell broke loose.

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Mike Wehner

July 6th

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Woman kills boyfriend with pistol in botched YouTube stunt

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Fame is a funny thing, and some people will go to unbelievable lengths to attain it. For Monalisa Perez, a 19-year-old Minnesota woman, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, the itch of YouTube stardom ended in tragedy. Hoping to create a viral video and spark attention for their video channel, the couple staged a stunt that ended in Perez accidentally killing Ruiz with a single gunshot to the chest.

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Mike Wehner

June 29th

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