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Apple iPhone SE teardown (Source: Vrm24)

Apple faces US$2 billion battery-related lawsuit in UK

Over a year ago, consumer rights activist Justin Gutmann filed a lawsuit against Apple concerning the alleged throttling of iPhones which occurred in 2017. Last week, Apple failed to stop the case from going to trial. If the Cuper...
Codrut Nistor, 06 Nov 2023 10:08
The PlayStation 5 is getting burned on the Elder Scrolls 6's launch. (Image via Angela from Pixabay w/ edits)

Elder Scrolls 6 won't launch on PlayStation 5, will release in 2026 at soonest

Court documents released from the FTC's case against Microsoft reveal that The Elder Scrolls 6, the hotly anticipated game in Bethesda's popular fantasy franchise, won't release until 2026 at the earliest. Additionally, the game w...
Sam Medley, 18 Sep 2023 18:34
TikTok gets told. (Source: TikTok)

TikTok slapped with ~US$370 million fine for mis-handling underage user data

The Republic of Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has concluded that TikTok has violated various aspects of GDPR as it relates to "child users". The social media giant faces a "reprimand" as well as a multi-million-euro f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 17 Sep 2023 15:15
Amazon and Microsoft are being fined heavily by the FTC for violating privacy laws. (Image Source: @simplicity on Unsplash)

Amazon to cough up more than US$30 million and Microsoft US$20 million to FTC over Ring, Alexa, and Xbox privacy violations

The U.S. FTC has fined Amazon and Microsoft for violating privacy laws. Amazon is being fined over US$30 million over breach of user privacy and COPPA non-compliance with its Ring and Alexa systems. The trade commission also requi...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 06 Jun 2023 19:30
Sonos One smart speaker (Source: Sonos)

Google fined over US$30 million for patent infringement

Although Sonos sued Google over six patent infringements, the US$32.5 million penalty comes as the result of a single infringement. The judge has ruled that the other five patents were not infringed. However, Sonos has made a stat...
Codrut Nistor, 27 May 2023 15:10
The FBI has seized Genesis Marketplace, a hub for hackers used to sell stolen logins. (Image via FBI)

FBI shuts down Genesis Marketplace, a popular site for selling stolen logins

Genesis Marketplace, one of the largest marketplaces for selling stolen login credentials, has been seized by the FBI. The takedown involved cooperation between agencies from multiple countries across Europe and North America.
Sam Medley, 05 Apr 2023 20:47
Samsung Display seeks to kill the independant repair scene in the United States (image via Samsung)

Samsung Display seeks to ban all aftermarket AMOLED screen imports to the United States

Samsung Display has appealed to the United States FTC to enforce a sweeping ban for all aftermarket/refurbished AMOLED screens in the country. If enforced, such a law runs the risk of gutting the entire independent repair industry...
Anil Ganti, 12 Jan 2023 13:13
Twitter is hit by a new scandal. (Source: Twitter)

Twitter: 400 million user profiles reportedly up for sale following new data breach

A database containing an allegedly "devastating" amount of personal data is reportedly being offered for sale by a "threat actor" that claims to have derived the information from a vulnerability in Twitter's defences. According to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 27 Dec 2022 15:43
Sam Bankman-Fried has been spending time with the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. (Image source: Wikipedia/ - edited)

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years of jail time in the US while currently detained in tough Bahamian prison

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, has been arrested and detained in the Bahamas. The entrepreneur, who has now lost his billionaire status, could end up being sentenced to as much as 115 years in prison after b...
Daniel R Deakin, 15 Dec 2022 11:32
Apple may soon officially bring sideloading to iOS, allowing users to sidestep the App Store (Image via "Rugger" by W. W. Wakefield and Apple, w/ edits)

Apple may soon support sideloading apps in iOS

If the words of a prominent Apple analyst are to be believed, Apple could soon introduce sideloading to iOS. This would allow users to install applications on an iPhone without using the App Store, opening the door to applications...
Sam Medley, 14 Dec 2022 21:59
The EU will require most electronics to have USB-C charging by December 28, 2024. (Image via Wikicommons w/ edits)

European Union sets December 28, 2024 as hard date for smartphones to include USB-C charging

The European Union has set December 28, 2024 as the hard date when most electronics must include USB-C charging in order to be sold in EU member states. Perhaps most notably, this will force Apple to fully abandon its Lightning st...
Sam Medley, 09 Dec 2022 21:38
Leaked documents suggest that Twitter executives had an active hand in influencing the 2020 U.S. election. (Image: Twitter logo w/ edits)

The Twitter Files: Leaked documents suggest Twitter execs actively influenced 2020 U.S. presidential campaign

In a thread posted on Twitter, journalist Matt Taibbi discussed documents and messages he obtained from Twitter employees and Elon Musk that suggest Twitter took an active role in influencing the 2020 U.S. presidential election. T...
Sam Medley, 03 Dec 2022 18:51
Ireland's Data Protection Commission has ordered a €265 million fine against Meta for a massive data breach. (Image: stock image and Meta logo, w/ edits)

Meta fined €265 million by Ireland's Data Protection Commission

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has been fined €265 million (~US$275 million) by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) due to a data breach affecting Facebook during 2019. This breach affected over 500 mil...
Sam Medley, 28 Nov 2022 22:08
A new lawsuit claims that Apple continues to collect user data even when users have specifically opted out of data tracking. (Image via Apple)

Apple continues to collect iPhone user data regardless of privacy settings, lawsuit alleges

A new lawsuit alleges that Apple continues to collect user data in stock iPhone apps even when users have opted out of data tracking. This tracking contradicts assurances that Apple safeguards user privacy and can completely disab...
Sam Medley, 16 Nov 2022 05:18
Santander UK to block payments to crypto exchanges in 2023 (Source: Glasgow Live)

Santander will block all payments to crypto exchanges for UK customers next year

Although the timeline is not public yet, UK customers of the Santander bank will no longer be able to acquire crypto in less than a year. As a new move in its fight to protect customers from scams, the bank will block online, mobi...
Codrut Nistor, 07 Nov 2022 21:06
Ikea isn't too happy about a survival horror game set in an eerily similar store. (Image via The Store is Closed on Steam)

Ikea sues indie game developer over survival horror game set in furniture store

An independent game developer is in hot water with Ikea for making a survival-horror game set in a furniture store bearing similarities to the popular chain's retail locations. While the developer says the game is inspired by a pi...
Sam Medley, 31 Oct 2022 23:21
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Source: Apple)

Apple receives US$19 million fine in Brazil for selling phones without a charger

Although the decision is not final and Apple will fight back, a Brazilian court has decided to fine the Cupertino-based tech giant with the equivalent of roughly US$19 million for selling phones without chargers. Even more, the co...
Codrut Nistor, 14 Oct 2022 11:15
Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter despite previously claiming the platform had misrepresented number of spam accounts. (Source: The Royal Society, edited)

Elon Musk vs Twitter lawsuit may not be going well for the billionaire as he offers to buy Twitter once again

Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter, once again, for US$44 billion. The Space X CEO’s offer may be a sign that the billionaire sees himself losing the lawsuit if the case goes to trial. Both parties are reportedly in talks to rea...
Fawad Murtaza, 06 Oct 2022 11:37
Musk has recently sold US$6.9 billion Tesla stock to raise funds in case of a forced Twitter deal. (Source: The Royal Society, edited)

Elon Musk keeps chasing Twitter's bot accounts as he now goes after ad tech companies

Twitter and Elon Musk will come face to face in court on October 17. Twitter brought the lawsuit against Musk for walking away from the US$44 billion deal because the social site allegedly underreported the number of spam accounts...
Fawad Murtaza, 20 Aug 2022 09:21
Twitter sued Musk when the billionaire failed to complete his buyout of the social media giant. (Source: The Royal Society, edited)

Elon Musk sells US$6.9 billion worth of Tesla stock to prepare if "Twitter forces this deal"

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold Tesla stock worth almost US$6.9 billion. The reason for the sale is to finance the Twitter deal if Musk losses the lawsuit. Following the announcement of the sale, Musk asserted that he is done selling...
Fawad Murtaza, 11 Aug 2022 08:05
Twitter claims that Musk didn't ask for the number of spam accounts when offering to buy the company. (Source: The Royal Society, edited)

Twitter slams Elon Musk for using a "generic" bot detection tool that labeled his own account a "likely bot"

Twitter claps back at Elon Musk over his use of a publicly listed web bot detection tool to measure the number of spam accounts on the platform. For the uninitiated, Musk signed an agreement to acquire Twitter for US$44 billion be...
Fawad Murtaza, 07 Aug 2022 19:49
Meta was accused of operating potentially discriminatory ad tools by the US govt. (Source: Meta)

Facebook denies its algorithms helped advertisers carry out housing discrimination but settles with the US govt regardless

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the US government. The lawsuit accused the social media giant of operating an ad servicing algorithm that helped housing advertisers discriminate against ce...
Fawad Murtaza, 23 Jun 2022 22:16
Chinese officials fear that Tesla EVs like the Model 3 seen in this picture could be used for foreign espionage (Image: Jannis Lucas)

Tesla vehicles banned from entering Chinese town due to potential espionage

The ban in the Beidaihe district has presumably been imposed due to an upcoming meeting of high-ranking politicians, who still seem to be afraid that Teslas and their integrated cameras could be utilized to spy on the Chinese gove...
Enrico Frahn, 21 Jun 2022 00:00
Apple faces another lawsuit over throttling iPhones back in 2017. (Source: Apple)

Apple "misled people" and slowed devices "by up to 58%": Activist files £750 million lawsuit against Apple over throttling

Apple has found itself at the other end of a £750 million lawsuit over the company throttling older iPhones in 2017. The lawsuit filed by Justin Gutmann, a consumer rights activist, alleges that Cupertino intended to hide the subp...
Fawad Murtaza, 17 Jun 2022 23:19
NVIDIA has settled a case with the SEC for US$5.5 million. (Image via NVIDIA and U.S. SEC w/ edits)

NVIDIA fined $5.5 million over failure to disclose sales to cryptocurrency miners

NVIDIA has settled charges levied against it by the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). As a part of the settlement, the GPU manufacturer will pay a US$5.5 million penalty. The SEC charged NVIDIA with a failure t...
Sam Medley, 07 May 2022 05:11
Running a VPN service in India just got a whole lot trickier (image via Unsplash)

Indian government mandates VPN providers to store user logs for up to five years

A new directive by CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) significantly changes how VPN services will operate in India. Companies will now be forced to store a treasure trove of user data, including email/IP addresses, names, con...
Anil Ganti, 06 May 2022 10:37
Tencent will be updating its games speed booster apps on May 31. (Source: Tencent)

Tencent soon to make it extremely hard to play foreign games in China

Chinese gaming giant Tencent will be updating its games speed booster apps to restrict Chinese players from accessing unapproved foreign games. Tencent's move to block access to foreign titles may be the result of tightening regul...
Fawad Murtaza, 15 Apr 2022 22:35
Bitcoin might hit incredible ATH in the coming months (Source: Getty Images)

Sanctions on Russia's central bank might push Bitcoin above the US$1 million mark

Although Bitcoin struggles to hit US$50,000 once again, a recent prediction claims that last year's highs of nearly US$70,000 will become a mere joke compared to the US$1,300,000 ATH expected to arrive in the coming months. "The u...
Codrut Nistor, 05 Apr 2022 16:46
FCC terms Kaspersky as a security risk. (Image source: Michael Geiger)

Kaspersky joins Huawei and ZTE as a national security threat on the FCC's entity list

The FCC has added Kaspersky, a Russian cybersecurity firm, to its entity list, a collection of companies that the regulator deems as threats to the country's security. Kaspersky is the first Russian firm on the regulator's list.
Fawad Murtaza, 28 Mar 2022 23:54
Federal Reserve Chairman says crypto has to be 'brought within' existing financial regulation to 'protect consumers'

Federal Reserve Chairman says crypto has to be 'brought within' existing financial regulation to 'protect consumers'

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said during a panel discussion organized by the Bank of International Settlements that they will be guided by the "same activity, same regulation" principle when it comes to regulating crypto...
Daniel Zlatev, 23 Mar 2022 17:04
Brazil has now unbanned Telegram. (Source: The Next Web)

Telegram back in Brazil after it was shut down by the Brazilian Supreme Court over misinformation charges

Brazilian Supreme has unbanned popular messaging app Telegram. Previously, the app was banned in Brazil for its failure to curb the spread of misinformation. The suspension was lifted after Telegram tweaked the way it deals with f...
Fawad Murtaza, 21 Mar 2022 20:35
Meta finds itself in new legal trouble. (Source: Meta)

Meta is slapped with a lawsuit alleging scam-ad collusion in the Australian market

Meta (formerly known as Facebook) now faces legal action brought against it by Australia's Competition & Consumer Commission (or ACCC) in relation to a scandal in which the platform allowed misleading ads such as those that misapp...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 20 Mar 2022 13:56
Judge in 'Satoshi Nakamoto trial' orders Craig Wright to pay US$43 million more in IP damages to the heirs of Bitcoin co-inventor

Judge in 'Satoshi Nakamoto trial' orders Craig Wright to pay US$43 million more in IP damages to the heirs of Bitcoin co-inventor

Miami court judge in the so-called "Satoshi Nakamoto trial" has ordered the defendant Craig Wright to pay US$43 million extra in intellectual property theft damages to the estate of the deceased David Kleiman, the alleged Bitcoin ...
Daniel Zlatev, 13 Mar 2022 17:32
HBO faces a class-action lawsuit that alleges it shared customer information without their permission. (Image source: ev via Unsplash)

HBO faces class-action lawsuit over allegations that it shared customer data with Facebook without permission

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against HBO, claiming that it shared customers' data with Facebook without their consent. According to the law firm, viewing history information has been shared with the social network, violat...
Polly Allcock, 11 Mar 2022 12:13
Russia may soon legalize the use of unlicensed and pirated software and games (Image: OpenClipart-Vectors/edited)

Russia considers legalizing software piracy

In response to harsh official sanctions and suspended sales by numerous tech companies, the legalization of pirated software is intended to support the beleaguered Russian economy, but it would also affect countless video games pu...
Enrico Frahn, 11 Mar 2022 02:36
President Biden's crypto executive order pleases the industry but fails to prop Bitcoin

President Biden's crypto executive order pleases the industry but fails to prop Bitcoin

President Biden signed the rumored far-reaching executive order on cryptocurrency regulation, taxation, and government crypto research. From stablecoins to fraud prevention, the mild-mannered order seems to have pleased everyone i...
Daniel Zlatev, 10 Mar 2022 16:06
President Biden to sign an executive order on digital dollar and federal crypto controls

President Biden to sign an executive order on digital dollar and federal crypto controls

President Biden will be signing a wide-reaching cryptocurrency control executive order that will aim to coordinate the regulation efforts of the various government agencies currently involved in monitoring the crypto market. The d...
Daniel Zlatev, 08 Mar 2022 16:55
NFT regulation probes for money laundering and fractional lending launched by the Treasury and SEC

NFT regulation probes for money laundering and fractional lending launched by the Treasury and SEC

Non-fungible tokens may have to be treated like stocks with all the regulatory compliance resulting from that fact, claims a Securities and Exchange Commission probe. Meanwhile, a Treasury Department study says NFTs may need more ...
Daniel Zlatev, 03 Mar 2022 14:42
Team Green apparently managed to encrypt the hacked data in a reciprocal hack - but it was too late. (Image source: Nvidia/Unsplash - edited)

Jensen hacks back: Nvidia allegedly attacks ransomware group that stole 1 TB of Team Green's confidential data

Nvidia has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack, with the hackers successfully making off with over 1 TB of sensitive date from Team Green’s servers. In a surprising twist of events, the graphics card company, headed ...
Daniel R Deakin, 26 Feb 2022 23:51
Stolen Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT owner sues the OpenSea exchange with "my Bored Ape is rarer than Justin Bieber's" argument

Stolen Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT owner sues the OpenSea exchange with "my Bored Ape is rarer than Justin Bieber's" argument

One Timothy McKimmy has filed a lawsuit against the OpenSea NFT exchange platform claiming that they had their pricey Bored Ape Yacht Club series NFT stolen without any repercussions. The Bored Ape #3475 NFT, they argue, is rarer ...
Daniel Zlatev, 23 Feb 2022 13:08
Ukraine legalizes Bitcoin on second attempt in five months (Source: Crypto Currency News)

Ukraine legalizes Bitcoin and other virtual assets

Yesterday, Ukraine legislators voted in favor of legalizing cryptocurrencies. The goal of this move is to reduce corruption risks and to prevent fraud. This is the second attempt in five months, as the early October bill that had ...
Codrut Nistor, 18 Feb 2022 17:07
'Keep Your Coins' crypto asset forfeiture bill introduced in Congress to curb the government's digital wallet seizure powers

'Keep Your Coins' crypto asset forfeiture bill introduced in Congress to curb the government's digital wallet seizure powers

Prompted by the cryptocurrency wallet forfeiture possibility opened by the Canadian government's Emergencies Act against the so-called Freedom Convoy financing, a U.S. congressman is introducing a new "Keep Your Coins" bill. It ai...
Daniel Zlatev, 16 Feb 2022 13:54
Original Halo composers sue Microsoft for royalties pertaining to music rights of the game. (Image source: 343 Industries)

"They're not crediting us or giving us 20 percent": composers of Halo trilogy sue Microsoft for royalties

Composers of the original Halo trilogy have sued Microsoft for unpaid royalties. According to Marty O'Donnell, the music he and his partner created for Halo was licensed and not sold to Bungie. After Microsoft acquired Bungie, the...
Fawad Murtaza, 14 Feb 2022 00:23
The United States Department of Justice seized $3.6 billion in bitcoins this morning. (Image via US DOJ)

United States Department of Justice seizes over US$3 billion in cryptocurrency related to 2016 Bitfinex hack

Less than a week after over 94,000 bitcoins linked to the 2016 Bitfinex hack were noticed in a suspicious transfer, the United States Department of Justice has announced the seizure of those bitcoins and the arrest of two individu...
Sam Medley, 08 Feb 2022 20:17
Feds demand harsh punishment for Team Xecuter member Gary Bowser for aiding Nintendo Switch video game piracy. (Image Source:

Feds want Nintendo Switch Team Xecuter hacker to serve five years and cough up US$4.5 million in landmark case, defense argues US government indicting only to send a message

The U.S. government recommended a five-year prison sentence and US$4.5 million in damages against Team Xecuter's Gary Bowser citing that his actions of finding loopholes and making mods cost the video game industry and gamers dear...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 07 Feb 2022 17:42
Apple could be forced to allow third-party app stores on its devices (image via Apple)

Apple petitions US Government to scrap law that would let users sideload third-party apps

The US Government has drafted a bill that would force Apple to open up its devices to third-party app repositories. Apple has petitioned the Senate judiciary committee to reconsider it, citing privacy and security concerns.
Anil Ganti, 03 Feb 2022 16:27
Hackers managed to steal 119,755 bitcoins from the Bitfinex crypto exchange in 2016. (Image source: Unsplash - edited)

94,643.29 stolen bitcoins worth billions of dollars spotted on the move

A huge number of stolen bitcoins have been spotted on the move. A total of 94,643.29 bitcoins that were taken from the 2016 Bitfinex hack have been transferred to an unknown wallet, with the current street value at the time of wri...
Daniel R Deakin, 02 Feb 2022 19:51
Russian court refuses to enforce a ban on Samsung phones due to a patent infringement lawsuit decision. (Image source: Samsung)

Moscow Arbitration Court refuses to enforce a ruling that banned the sale of 61 Samsung smartphone models in Russia

An arbitration court in Moscow has refused to enforce a ruling that banned Samsung from importing and selling 61 smartphone models due to an alleged patent infringement. Back in October 2021, a Swiss company SQWIN SA filed a lawsu...
Fawad Murtaza, 02 Feb 2022 16:40
The FBI alerts customers to malicious QR codes that can direct them to phishing websites. (Image: Markus Winkler via Unsplash)

FBI warns that hackers are corrupting QR codes to conduct phishing attacks

The FBI has cautioned individuals who use QR codes to exercise vigilance when making payments or entering sensitive personal information. Cybercriminals are tampering with legitimate QR codes to create malicious codes that redirec...
Aleem Ali, 21 Jan 2022 22:54
Bank of Russia proposes a complete ban on Bitcoin mining and crypto transactions

Bank of Russia proposes a complete ban on Bitcoin mining and crypto transactions

The Russian Central Bank has come up with its own set of proposals to add to the Parliament's working group on crypto regulation that was formed back in December. The head of Bank of Russia's Financial Stability Department present...
Daniel Zlatev, 20 Jan 2022 16:52


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