pirateboxGottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of the infamous Pirate Bay website, can’t seem to stay out of legal hot water. Ars Technica reports that Svartholm Warg has been charged in Denmark with “illegally accessing the country’s driver’s license database, social security database, the shared IT system across the Schengen zone, and the e-mail accounts and passwords of 10,000 police officers and tax officials.”

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fbi sealGoogle's attempts to fight FBI National Security Letters, controversial requests to hand over user data without telling them and without getting a search warrant, aren't going so well. A US District Court Judge in California recently rejected Google's petition to have 19 letters requesting user information thrown out or adjusted, CNET reports. However, there is a silver lining for Google and its users: the federal judge in the case, Susan Illston, also left the door open for Google to file a more narrowly-tailored petition addressing the specific letters it had received, rather than its initial arguments against NSLs more generally.

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iphone-5Samsung and Apple have had lots of legal fights over the past few years, including the big one in 2012 in the US when a jury ruled that Samsung had violated some of Apple's design patents for the iPhone and iPad. Today, Samsung actually won a small but interesting legal victory against Apple, again over the iPhone and iPad.
Bloomberg reports that the United States International Trade Commission ruled today that older iPads and iPhones made before the 4S can no longer be imported into the country. The reason? The ITC agreed with Samsung that those older iOS devices violated one of Samsung's patents.

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samsung logoApple may have held onto the top spot in terms of smartphone industry profits in the first quarter this year, but there’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to revenue. According to data analyzed by Yonhap News Agency, Samsung’s smartphone sales pushed ahead of Apple in Q1 2013 for the first time ever. The South Korea-based company racked up an estimated $23.62 billion in revenue from sales of its smartphones alone last quarter, while iPhone sales in Q1 totaled $22.95 billion.

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newsimageWe have all seen the decline in newspaper and print media as our world changes to one where information is consumed online.
Yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its photo staff. On Twitter, the wife of one of those fired stated that reporters would be using their smartphone cameras, likely to supplement photos and videos from freelancers.

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htc-one aThe Verge has learned that HTC's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week. Kodera was responsible for HTC's overall product strategy, which makes the departure especially notable on the heels of the global launch of the make-or-break One.
It's not just Kodera. In the past three-odd months, HTC has lost a number of employees in rapid succession — most recently Jason Gordon, the company's vice president of global communications. Other fresh departures include global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland, director of digital marketing John Starkweather, and product strategy manager Eric Lin.

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wwdc13Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a little over a week away and the excitement is palpable. Much of the tech world will be focused on the keynote speech as we await news of what new goodies Apple plans to unleash on the world.
The list of what people are expecting to be unveiled at WWDC 2013 is huge, and ranges from new iPhones and iPads, to updated iOS and OS X, along with a whole raft of new Macs.

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att-deathstarAT&T has introduced a new "Mobility Administrative Fee" to its postpaid contracts. The $0.61  monthly fee ($7.32 per year) is being categorized "below the line" alongside tax and fees as an administrative surcharge. The fee came into effect on May 1st, and applies to all consumer contracts as well as "IRU" business contracts (business accounts where the user pays the bill).
It's a small charge for the individual consumers, but given that AT&T's postpaid subscriber base stands at over 70 million, the move will net AT&T hundreds of millions of dollars — somewhere around half a billion dollars, in fact. That's a lot of extra revenue from one little charge.

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Star Trek TeleporterGoogle’s secretive Google X laboratory is where some of the company’s brightest minds go to work so-called “moonshot” projects such as Google Glass and self-driving cars. A new Businessweek profile on Google X makes it clear that there are limits to what the lab will put resources into researching, however. For example, Businessweek reveals that Google engineers gave serious thought to starting a research project on teleportation but ultimately decided to nix it “in part because any unique item that you would want to teleport… would have  to be completely destroyed before it could be reconstituted on the other end.”

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xbox one logoMicrosoft may have unveiled their brand new Xbox One console but one thing it didn’t do is launch new domains for that trademarked name. Sure, users can always go to Xbox.com but about XboxOne.com? Or XboxOne.net? Well those don’t belong to Microsoft just yet, and the company is fighting to get them.
Curious folks have always paid attention to Microsoft-registered domains so buying up XboxOne.com for example, would have ousted the name of the new console. Because they had to wait, Microsoft is now hurrying to register all the relevant domains for its Xbox One brand.

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