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Apple Halts Billions of Dollars in Payments to Qualcomm

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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.

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia, Cites Law Against National Security Threats

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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.

Hacker Releases ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Episodes Online

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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.”

Bills Would Allow States to Require Sales Tax Collection Online

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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.

Facebook Updates Rights Manager Tool to Address ‘Freebooting’

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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.

Fees Demanded by Ransomware Hackers Rising

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Hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to $1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec. In addition, the security company has been detecting more ransomware infection attempts.

Vietnam Says Facebook Commits to Policing Content

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Vietnam’s government said Facebook has committed to work with it to prevent content that violates the country’s laws from appearing on its platform. In February, communist Vietnam complained about “toxic” anti-government and offensive content on Facebook and Google Inc.’s YouTube and pressured local companies to withdraw advertising until the social media firms found a solution.

Social Networking Services Blocked in Kashmir Valley

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The government in India’s Jammu and Kashmir State ordered internet service providers in the restive Kashmir valley to block social networking services there, an unusually harsh measure to counteract escalating waves of protests and violence in the region. In the order, the government notified internet service providers to block the transmission of messages on 22 social networking services, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, for a month, or until further orders were issued.

FCC Chair Outlines Plan to Reverse Net Neutrality

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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers, a rebuke of a landmark policy approved two years ago to ensure that all online content is treated the same by the companies that deliver broadband service to Americans. The chairman, Ajit Pai, said high-speed internet service should no longer be treated like a public utility with strict rules, as it is now.

Canadian Police Probe Facebook Beating Video, Murder

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Canadian police said they are investigating whether a beating captured on video, reported to have been distributed through social networking site Facebook Inc., may be connected to a young woman’s murder. A Facebook spokeswoman said the company could not locate the video and therefore could not comment.

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