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Google is testing stripped-down news results that comply with imminent new EU copyright law

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

In September 2018, the European Parliament approved new copyright legislation that could change the way the internet works forever. One aspect of the new directive would force websites to pay for snippets they use from an external source, and Google is wisely already testing a stripped-down version of its news search results in anticipation of the law change.

Although not finalized yet, Article 11 of the directive states that aggregators must pay licensing fees to content creators in order to feature snippets, and this will affect Google immensely, particularly when it comes to surfacing news results.

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Google is testing stripped-down news results that comply with imminent new EU copyright law was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Last year, the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm for its patent licensing, alleging that the company wasn't giving competitors fair terms for standards-essential patents owned by the company. In what will likely prove to be a benefit to companies and consumers alike, yesterday the judge in the suit granted a motion for partial summary judgment, requiring that Qualcomm license those standards-essential patents to other chipset manufacturers under reasonable terms.

Previously, the FTC alleged that Qualcomm was refusing to license its patents to some competitors, coercing others into non-FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms, and forcing some like Apple into exclusivity agreements.

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Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Justice Department files appeal to block Time Warner-AT&T merger

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

AT&T's landmark deal to acquire Time Warner might not be sailing through the courts after all. After getting approval for the deal in June, the US Justice Department has filed documents to appeal the decision, threatening to up-end AT&T's next big expansion.

In June, US District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the deal was legal, but he went a step further and opted to impose no conditions on the deal. That's unusual for a merger of this scale.

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Justice Department files appeal to block Time Warner-AT&T merger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

California law could make canceling subscriptions easier for everyone

Friday, July 6th, 2018

A lot of our favorite things come from California. Artichokes, Android, almonds, even those newfangled talking pictures. But thanks to a law that recently went into effect in the state, an accidental export might update the cancellation process across the US for recurring payments when it comes to services like newspapers.

California Senate Bill no. 313, which went into effect July 1st, introduces a few new requirements for businesses operating in the state.

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California law could make canceling subscriptions easier for everyone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ZTE gets authorization to conduct limited business for the next month

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

It's been nothing but bad news for ZTE over the last couple months, but there's finally a positive development for the Chinese technology firm. The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted part of the trade ban that effectively shut down ZTE back in April. This will help ZTE keep the lights on as it works toward full compliance.

The authorization runs from July 2nd to August 1st, allowing ZTE to continue operating existing networks and equipment, as well as provide support to owners of ZTE phones.

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ZTE gets authorization to conduct limited business for the next month was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ZTE pays new $1 billion fine, but its future remains uncertain

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Chinese technology firm ZTE says it has forked over $1 billion to the US government. This is the first step toward ZTE returning to operation after a ban on purchasing US technology in April forced it to partially shut down. However, it's not out of the woods yet as the entire incident has become a political firestorm for the US administration.

ZTE got itself in this situation by failing to comply with all parts of a previous penalty for violation of US sanctions.

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ZTE pays new $1 billion fine, but its future remains uncertain was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Six current and former Fitbit employees indicted for criminal theft of trade secrets

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Fitbit succeeded in vanquishing its foe Jawbone when the latter shut down in July 2017. Now, Jawbone strikes back from beyond the grave. Federal prosecutors have secured an indictment against five former and one current Fitbit employees for illegally stealing trade secrets from Jawbone when they left the company for Fitbit.

Jawbone is currently in liquidation, but it alleged in court filings before its shutdown that Fitbit was the target of a criminal probe.

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Six current and former Fitbit employees indicted for criminal theft of trade secrets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile sued after porting man’s number to thieves who stole his cryptocurrency

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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If you're a T-Mobile customer, you might have gotten a text message from the carrier recently that warned of number porting scams. Now it's clear why Tmo is so concerned. A Washington man has filed suit against the carrier for improperly porting his number, allowing thieves to make off with his cryptocurrency. Although, with the current price of crypto, he might have been wiped out by now even if his coins weren't stolen.

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T-Mobile sued after porting man's number to thieves who stole his cryptocurrency was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Owners of certain Sony phones could get 50% refund from water damage class action settlement

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Sony was one of the first OEMs to focus on designing water-resistant phones, but they weren't always resistant enough. Consumers were brushed off by Sony when their water-resistant phones and tablets showed evidence of water damage. Now, there's a class action lawsuit wrapping up that could result in affected Sony owners getting a 50% refund on their devices.

The case covers 24 different phones, all of which were advertised by the company as having IP ratings; Sony does like to splash water on phones in promo images.

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Owners of certain Sony phones could get 50% refund from water damage class action settlement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pokémon Go Fest attendees file lawsuit against Niantic

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Niantic's inability to make Pokémon Go work properly is becoming legend. Basically, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. And there was a lot of wrong at the high-profile Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago last weekend. It was such a mess that a few dozen players have filed a class action lawsuit against Niantic, alleging false advertising.

The plaintiffs are demanding Niantic compensate them for travel to the festival, which was an unmitigated disaster.

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Pokémon Go Fest attendees file lawsuit against Niantic was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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