Apple Halts Billions of Dollars in Payments to Qualcomm

Apple Inc. cut off billions of dollars in payments to Qualcomm Inc., turning a contract dispute into what one analyst called an “all-out war” that forced the chip supplier to slash forecasts given only days ago. The world’s largest publicly-traded technology company and one of the main suppliers of components to the iPhone, its most important product, have traded accusations of lying, making threats and trying to create an illegal monopoly. Read the article: Bloomberg...

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia, Cites Law Against National Security Threats

Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country’s telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey’s western allies, who say Ankara has curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year’s failed coup. Read the article: The Guardian...

Hacker Releases ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Episodes Online

An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands. In a statement, Netflix said: “We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.” Read the article: Variety...

Bills Would Allow States to Require Sales Tax Collection Online

Bipartisan groups of lawmakers in the House and the Senate reintroduced legislation that would make it easier for states to collect sales taxes from online purchases. The bills would allow states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect their sales taxes, if the states simplify their tax laws. Read the article: The Hill...

Facebook Updates Rights Manager Tool to Address ‘Freebooting’

Facebook finally has a better solution to freebooting — the common practice of stealing video and uploading it to one’s Facebook Page to reap the engagement and audience growth. Facebook’s update to the its Rights Manager tool that launched last year includes the new option to “claim ad earnings” on other people’s uploads of a video you own. Read the article: TechCrunch...

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