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Next time you absolutely need to be on the phone while your plane's landing or taking off, make sure to give a silent thanks to the United States Court of Appeals. A Washington DC appeal court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the FAA's 2013 decision to allow passengers to use gadgets during al...

May 10th 2015 at 2:27pm 0 Comments
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Remember OpenTV, the video on demand software developer that sued Netflix for allegedly violating its streaming patents? It's back. The company is suing Apple in the belief that virtually everything Apple makes (such as the Apple TV and iTunes) is infringing on five streaming-related patents, incl...

May 5th 2015 at 8:27pm 0 Comments
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Companies have been gunning for the FCC's open internet rules since the very moment news crossed the wires, and their latest move involved pushing for a stay -- a sort of legal "not so fast!" -- on the classification of the internet as a public utility. While visiting TechCrunch Disrupt in New Yor...

May 4th 2015 at 3:29pm 0 Comments
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The upcoming "Fight of the Century" has ridiculously expensive PPV prices, but if you want to watch it live, you might have to let that benjamin go. HBO and Showtime, which paired up for the fight, have already started suing websites planning to illegally livestream the event. The duo and the prom...

April 30th 2015 at 12:55am 0 Comments
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Citing violations of its hired transportation rules, the city of Portland, OR sued Uber last December and temporarily halted the ridesharing company's operations within city limits. Now, after months of haggling with civic and community leaders, Uber has relaunched a "safer and more reliable" vers...

April 24th 2015 at 9:35pm 0 Comments
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Uber has announced operational changes in response to German courts banning its service twice in less than a year. According to a Reuters report, Uber will amend its UberPOP program (the European version of UberX) to charge 35 cents per kilometer. This matches what local taxi services charge in...

April 22nd 2015 at 1:29am 0 Comments
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As if the situation couldn't get worse for Aereo, the defunct TV streaming service is now set to make a payment to the broadcasters responsible for its downfall. And, all things considered, it's getting off quite easy. According to Bloomberg Business, Aereo has agreed to pay CBS and other televisi...

April 21st 2015 at 8:59pm 0 Comments
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It's clearer than ever that the US telecom establishment really, really doesn't like the FCC's new net neutrality regulation. AT&T and multiple industry groups (all from cable and phone businesses) have filed lawsuits trying to kill the new utility-like rules, claiming that they violate everyt...

April 14th 2015 at 6:27pm 0 Comments
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Personal Audio has been threatening the podcast world for a while -- the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the concept of podcasting, and has insisted that some bigger productions (such as Adam Carolla's) either cough up licensing money or face lawsuits. You may not have to worry abou...

April 11th 2015 at 1:01pm 0 Comments
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Amazon has had enough of fake reviews that skew its products' ratings, so it's reportedly taking the issue to court. According to GeekWire, the e-commerce giant has filed a lawsuit against a man known as Jay Gentile from California, who was identified as the operator of several websites that peddl...

April 9th 2015 at 11:03am 0 Comments
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If you've been anxiously waiting to claim the credit Sony owes you after it settled with the Federal Trade Commission over misleading PlayStation Vita ads, you'll be glad to hear that you can finally take action. The company handling Sony's settlements has launched a website that lets you file a...

April 5th 2015 at 3:56pm 0 Comments
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Google might have avoided going to court over antitrust charges in the US, but it could still face a lawsuit in Europe. According to the Wall Street Journal, the European Commission has started asking companies that filed complaints against Google's practices for permission to publish the details...

April 2nd 2015 at 3:36am 0 Comments