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Exclusive: EU wants Google to stop anti-competitive Android practices, fine expected
News ImageBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators plan to order Alphabet's Google to stop paying financial incentives to smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search exclusively on their devices and warned the company of a large fine, an EU document showed. Google received a copy in April in which the European Commission accused it of using its dominant Android mobile operating system to shut out rivals. The EU competition enforcer in its charge sheet, known as a statement of objections, said it planned to tell the U.S. technology giant to halt payments or discounts to mobile phone manufacturers in return for pre-installing Google's Play Store with Google Search.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:11:30 -0400
Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, owes $302.4 million
News ImageBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp's patented internet security technology without permission in features including its FaceTime video conferencing application. The verdict came in a new trial in Tyler, Texas that had been ordered by the judge in the case, Robert Schroeder, who last August threw out VirnetX's $625.6 million win over Apple from a previous trial because he said jurors in that case may have been confused. VirnetX and Apple have been fighting over patents for years.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:59:41 -0400
California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars
News ImageBy Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations released on Friday. The original draft regulations by the Department of Motor Vehicles were criticized by some tech companies, such as Alphabet Inc's Google, and carmakers as being overly restrictive and stifling innovation. California has been at the forefront of the fast-growing autonomous vehicle industry, fueled by technology companies in Silicon Valley, and is one of a handful of states to have passed regulations enabling self-driving car testing on public roads.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:51:03 -0400
Yahoo hack may become test case for SEC data breach disclosure rules
News ImageBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yahoo's disclosure that hackers stole user data from at least 500 million accounts in 2014 has highlighted shortcomings in U.S. rules on when cyber attacks must be revealed and their enforcement. Democratic Senator Mark Warner this week asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives properly disclosed the attack, which Yahoo blamed on Sept. 22 on a "state-sponsored actor." The Yahoo hack could become a test case of the SEC's guidelines, said Jacob Olcott, former Senate Commerce Committee counsel who helped develop them, due to the size of the breach, intense public scrutiny and uncertainty over the timing of Yahoo's discovery.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:24:29 -0400
German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook
News ImageGerman prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network during an influx of migrants into Europe. Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook broke strict national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations. Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year ago, is demanding that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by removing racist or violent postings from their site.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:35:19 -0400
Qualcomm to fight EU antitrust charge at November 10 hearing: sources
News ImageU.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will attempt to fend off EU antitrust charges at a hearing on Nov. 10 that it used anti-competitive methods to squeeze out a rival, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The European Commission may take Qualcomm's arguments at the hearing into account in the case, which could delay the Commission's decision and possible fine against the company if it is found to have infringed EU antitrust rules. Qualcomm requested the closed-door hearing nine months after the European Commission accused it of forcing British phone software maker Icera out of the market by selling certain baseband chipsets below cost between 2009 and 2011.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:10:35 -0400
You can try Android 7.1s launcher features right now through Action Launcher
News ImageAndroid 7.1 is expected to come with some new Launcher features, including Launcher Shortcuts and a sliding All Apps drawer as soon as next week. If you dont want to wait until then, or you dont have a device that will get a quick update to the latest version of Android, you can check them out now through a third-party app called Action Launcher. Chris Lacy, the developer of Action Launcher, was inspired by Android Polices breakdown of the Launcher update and integrated the features the website previewed into his own app.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:00:03 -0400
5 decisions that made the Nobel Prizes look bad
News ImageSTOCKHOLM (AP) Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked, so the judges must put a lot of thought into their selections for the six awards, which will be announced in the next two weeks.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:38:04 -0400
19 science fiction and fantasy books to pick up this October
News ImageKuni Garu is now known as Emperor Ragin, and is forced to balance progress against the demands of his people. The story is about an artistic director named Felix who is fired from the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival and exiled to the backwoods of Canada.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:00:03 -0400
New iOS app lets you transfer playlists between Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and iTunes
If youre a music lover, theres undoubtedly never been a better time to be alive. Thanks to services like Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and YouTube, the ability to listen to music from across the world has never been more affordable or accessible. But with so many avenues to listen to music, accessing your favorite songs and playlists across varying services can often be an exercise in frustration. When Apple Music first debuted, for example, many peoplewere eager to see what Apples take on music streaming was like. One downside, though, is that users who had previously built-up playlists on sites like Spotify had no way to export them to Apple Music. At long last,theres now a new iOS app that promises to solve this admittedly first-world problem. DONT MISS: Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding Dubbed 25 Most Played , the app is rather simple but extremely helpful. In short, it lets users import, share, find, follow and port playlists across Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and iTunes. In other words, if youve got an extensive number of carefully constructed playlists on iTunes from back in the day, 25 Most Played promises to make it a breeze to import it into any music service of your choosing. The app description reads in part: 25 Most Played is a free music app for finding, managing, and following music playlists for iTunes and Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. Import your playlists from one service and play them on another. And if you are moving to a new music streaming service, 25 Most Played can port your playlists for you. 25 Most Played allows you to follow playlists created by your friends on other streaming services and listen to them on the music streaming service you use even with the videos on YouTube. Import your playlists so you can play them at parties even if the host doesnt use the same platform as you. Find playlists created by your friends, by people in your city, or by strangers with good music taste and save them to your home screen so they are easy to find and play via the music streaming service you prefer. Will Apple eventually remove the app? It's hard to say but it certainly wouldnt surprise us. Which is to say, if youre at all protective and serious about your musical playlists, you might want to try downloading this app (accessible via the source link below) as soon possible. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:00:01 -0400
Apple has been ordered to pay VirnetX $302.4 million in patent lawsuit
News ImageA jury has ordered Apple to pay $302.4 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. after it found that the tech giant's FaceTime feature infringed on the VirnetX's patents related to secure communications. The case will now go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. Virnetx is a communications technology company founded by a group of employees at the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) which developed security technology for various federal agencies.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:41:59 -0400
'Twin Peaks' composer plays haunting theme in new teaser trailer
News ImageWatch Angelo Badalamenti play "Laura Palmer's Theme" on the piano while floating through the forest in this teaser trailer for the new "Twin Peaks" revival series on Showtime.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:40:39 -0400
How to start a racing series with Teslas an interview with the CEO of Electric GT World Series
News ImageElectric GT The Electric GT World Series is an all-Tesla racing series that was announced back in March. But the announcement was accompanied by very little detail: the series was being started by a new company called Electric GT Holdings, it was supposedly going to run its races on famous circuits like the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the Nrburgring, and the entire field would be made up of Tesla Model S sedans. That was it.The series creators have remained mostly mum since then. ...
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:00:09 -0400
New trailers: Fantastic Beasts, Ava DuVernay's new documentary, and more
News ImageSearching around, I see there's been plenty of back-and-forth on the "cool girl" monologue, which talks at length about how men demand that women act like impossibly "cool" and completely fictional people, at the midpoint of the movie. The trouble, as the mere existence of a dispute over the monologue points out, is that its ideas are not necessarily as coherent as they ought to be. One of the big questions, I suppose, about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is how it'll balance reviving the magical feel of the Harry Potter series while still establishing its own identity.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:00:03 -0400
Moto Z Play review: the best battery life
News ImageThe Moto Z Play from Lenovo has the best battery life of any smartphone Ive ever used. The ugliest thing about this design is the MotoMod connector pins, which are lined up in a rounded rectangle near the bottom of the phones backside.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:00:10 -0400
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