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Google and Oracle's Android copyright fight is up to a jury now

Oracle and Google’s fierce court fight over the code inside Android went to a jury on Monday after closing arguments that sharply differed on the most basic issues.

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Criminal defendants demand to see FBI's secret hacking tool

A secret FBI hacking tool, used to compromise the Tor anonymous browser in one investigation, is facing challenges from criminal defendants, perhaps putting its future in doubt.

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Google challenges French fine for not being forgetful enough

Google is appealing a fine from the French data protection authority for failing to implement the so-called right to be forgotten as ordered.

Does the iPhone need a ‘panic button’?

A new ‘panic mode’ for your iPhone might help keep your data more secure. And with the current legal decisions regarding Touch ID, this iOS feature is now vital.

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A huge fine for Google could come soon in EU antitrust investigation

Google could face a record fine of up to €3 billion ($3.4 billion) as soon as early next month as part of a six-year European Commission antitrust investigation into the company's search engine dominance, according to a news report.

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Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

A U.S. senator will introduce legislation to roll back new court rules allowing judges to give law enforcement agencies the authority to remotely hack computers.

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Mozilla asks FBI for details on potential Firefox vulnerability used in Tor hack

Mozilla has asked a court that it should be provided information on a vulnerability in the Tor browser ahead of it being provided to a defendant in a lawsuit, as the browser is based in part on Firefox browser code.

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Lyft agrees to more than double payment to drivers in court settlement

Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a dispute with drivers in California, under pressure from the judge who found the earlier proposed payment of $12.25 million was too small.

Alleged Syrian hacker is extradited to the US on extortion charges

A hacker with alleged connections to members of the Syrian Electronic Army appeared in a Virginia court Tuesday to face charges of participating in an extortion scheme that threatened victims to delete or sell data from compromised computers.

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Eric Schmidt plays good defense at the Oracle-Google trial

Eric Schmidt took the witness stand Tuesday in Oracle’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, and he gave little ground during some tense exchanges with Oracle’s attorney.

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UK court declines to force alleged British hacker to decrypt his data

The U.K.'s National Crime Agency (NCA) failed in its attempt to use what critics described as a legal backdoor to force a suspected hacker to provide the decryption key for his data.

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A clue to how much more Uber would have to pay drivers as its employees

A proposed settlement between Uber Technologies and drivers in California and Massachusetts may have saved the company over $600 million in payouts to drivers on work-related expenses.

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The Oracle-Google jury includes at least one person with an aversion to tech

A lawyer, an accountant and a retired CFO are among the eight women and two men selected Monday to decide Oracle’s huge copyright infringement case against Google.

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

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Founder of Liberty Reserve virtual currency is sentenced to 20 years in prison

The founder of now defunct virtual currency Liberty Reserve has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for using his company to run a huge money laundering scheme catering to cybercriminals.

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The Oracle-Google trial over Android starts Monday. Here's what you need to know

Oracle’s legal fight with Google over its use of Java in Android goes to a jury trial for the second time on Monday, with Oracle seeking $8.8 billion in damages.