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Google Reassures Users About Warnings of Hackers

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Google wants to reassure users about the warnings it issues about government-backed hackers. The company hasn’t changed anything about its policies or its practices, but Google wanted to remind its users in a blog post how the warnings work.

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Jawbone Suit Against Fitbit

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Fitbit Inc. is headed toward a trial over claims it stole rival Jawbone Inc.’s trade secrets, after failing to persuade a judge to throw the case out. A California state judge rejected Fitbit’s argument that the lawsuit is merely an attempt to rehash claims that were already analyzed and rejected by the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington in October.

More Mainstream Ads Found on Extremist Websites

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A Washington Post examination of dozens of sites with politically extreme and derogatory content found that many were customers of leading ad networks, which share a portion of revenue gleaned from advertisers with the site’s operators. The Post’s examination found that the networks had displayed ads for Allstate, IBM, DirectTV and dozens of other household brand names on websites with content containing racial and ethnic slurs, Holocaust denial and disparaging comments about African Americans, Jews, women and gay people.

Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Taxes in All States

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Amazon, the online merchandise juggernaut, will collect sales taxes from all states with a sales tax starting April 1. Tax-free shopping will be over as of next month in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico, the four remaining holdouts.

  • Read the article: CNBC

Chinese Court Rules for Apple in iPhone Design Patent Case

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A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in China, Xinhua news agency reported. Last May, a Beijing patent regulator ordered Apple’s Chinese subsidiary and a local retailer Zoomflight to stop selling the iPhones after Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services lodged a complaint, claiming that the patent for the design of its mobile phone 100c was being infringed by the iPhone sales.

Downing Street Says Social Media Must Do More to Fight Hate

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Downing Street added to pressure on Google and Facebook, warning the internet giants that they “can and must do more” to stop hateful and violent material appearing on their platforms. Theresa May’s official spokesperson would not comment on whether there was specific evidence that the internet had played a role in the apparent radicalisation of the Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood.

U.S. Lawmakers Concerned About China’s Cloud Restrictions

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China’s restrictions on cloud computing were the theme of a letter that more than 50 U.S. lawmakers signed and sent to Ambassador Cui Tiankai in Washington. Beijing has proposed requiring cloud-computing services providers to turn over essentially all ownership and operations to Chinese partners and could result in the transfer of valuable U.S. intellectual property, according to the letter, viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

EU Wants ‘Future-Proof’ Solution for Google Shopping Changes

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The European Union is seeking to draft “future-proof” solutions for how Google might change its shopping search service according to people familiar with the probe into the search-engine giant. The EU case centers on Google Product Search and Google Shopping and whether the company unfairly promotes those services when users search for a product and whether it pushes competitors’ comparison-shopping sites lower.

Judge Rules for Amazon in $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute with IRS

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Amazon.com won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago. Judge Albert Lauber of the U.S. Tax Court rejected a variety of IRS arguments, and found that on several occasions the agency abused its discretion, or acted arbitrarily or capriciously.

Twitter Accounts Hacked at ABC News, Good Morning America

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The Twitter accounts of ABC News and “Good Morning America” fell victim to a hack attack early Thursday morning, with the compromised accounts posting tweets praising President Trump and claiming rapper Tyler the Creator had died. The tweets included claims like “trump is our lord and savior #thankgodforTHEDONALD” and “we are totally russian hackers but we love @POTUS @realDonaldTrump ;).”

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