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Waymo Sues Uber for Trade Secret Theft on Self-Driving Cars

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Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car business, Waymo, sued Uber Technologies Inc. for stealing trade secrets in the development of autonomous cars, accelerating an already-heated rivalry over the nascent technology. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco federal court, accuses several employees of Otto, a self-driving startup Uber acquired in July, of lifting technical information from Google’s autonomous car project.

ZeniMax Wants Judge to Stop Oculus from Using Its Code

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Video game publisher ZeniMax Media Inc, which earlier this month won a $500 million verdict against Facebook Inc.’s Oculus virtual reality unit and its founders for unauthorized copying of computer code, has asked a federal judge to block Oculus from using the code in its products.

Fashion Site Poshmark Says Hackers Stole Funds from Accounts

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Online fashion marketplace Poshmark Inc. said hackers targeted its systems and used stolen usernames and passwords to drain funds from some of its user accounts in recent days. The Redwood City, Calif., company, which functions as an online consignment shop, said several hundred active accounts were compromised and the site plans to reimburse anyone who was affected.

Researchers Find Cryptography Tech Open to ‘Collision Attack’

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A cryptographic technology long central to internet security has been dealt a knockout blow by researchers at Google and a Dutch research institute. In a paper, the researchers demonstrate an attack on an algorithm called SHA-1, which has been widely used over the past 20 years to verify the authenticity of digital documents.

Google Launches Tool to Help Publishers Identify ‘Toxic’ Comments

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google. and subsidiary Jigsaw launched a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation.

FCC Exempts Smaller ISPs from Reporting Requirements

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Internet providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers will not be required to disclose information on network performance, fees, and data caps, thanks to a rule change from the newly Republican-controlled FCC. The rule passed in a 2-1 vote, with Republicans saying the reporting requirements unfairly burdened smaller ISPs with additional work.

Amazon Opposes Prosecutors’ Request for Echo Users’ Data

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Amazon is resisting an effort by Arkansas prosecutors to obtain potential recordings from a slaying suspect’s Amazon Echo smart speaker, saying authorities haven’t established that their investigation is more important than a customer’s privacy rights. Amazon said prosecutors hadn’t established the need for Amazon to violate its customers’ constitutional rights.

FCC to Open Unlicensed Airwaves for Wireless Devices

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Federal regulators said that they will allow certain new wireless devices to use a portion of unlicensed airwaves now used largely for Wi-Fi, a move aimed at ending a long-running dispute between industries. The Federal Communications Commission said it would open up currently-unlicensed airwaves for use by new 4G LTE wireless devices known as LTE-U (for “unlicensed”).

EU Team Fighting Spread of Fake News Online

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In their open-plan office overlooking a major thoroughfare in Brussels, an 11-person team known as East Stratcom, serves as Europe’s front line against this onslaught of fake news. Created by the European Union to address “Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns,” the team — composed of diplomats, bureaucrats and former journalists — tracks down reports to determine whether they are fake.

White House Chief Digital Officer Ousted After Background Check

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White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing was among the six staffers who were dismissed from the White House last week after being unable to pass an FBI background check, according to sources. Lansing previously led the digital department for the Republican National Committee.

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