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Apple Inc. Must Pay 750 Million for Slowing Down iPhones

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Apple has agreed to pay $750 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the tech giant was secretly slowing down old iPhones to force users to buy newer models.

Owners of the eligible iPhone models in the US will now be able to claim about $US25 ($38) each as part of the class action.

Unfortunately, Australian iPhone users will not be eligible to receive any money as part of the class action lawsuit win.

A similar lawsuit would have to be successfully conducted in Australia for this to happen.

Earlier this week Apple settled the case, agreeing to pay between $US310 million and $US500 million for its practice of “throttling” older iPhones without telling the users.

The case dates back to 2016 when owners of iPhone 6 devices began noticing that their phones were turned off despite appearing to have lots of battery life left.

Apple quickly offered to provide free batteries to the impacted users, but it was soon revealed that more devices and models were experiencing similar issues.

By the end of 2017, Apple had admitted that a software update for these iPhones had aimed to level out the degradation that batteries experience over time by “throttling” the phones’ performance.

Apple offered to replace the phones’ batteries for the lower price of $29, but this did little to placate angry users.

 

Court Orders Google to Reveal Reviewer

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An Australian court has ordered Google to reveal the identity of the personal who left an anonymous negative review of a Melbourne dentist.

Teeth whitening specialist Dr Matthew Kabbabe was seeking the court order so he could then sue the user, who told others to “STAY AWAY” from his practice, for defamation.

Dr Matthew Kabbabe, a dental surgeon in Northcote, is looking to sue a user known only as CBsm 23 for defamation over a negative review of his business in which the user claimed the dentist made the experience “extremely awkward and uncomfortable” and the procedure was “a complete waste of time”.

Federal court justice Bernard Murphy gave leave to seek from Google a document that would contain the account’s subscriber information, name of users, the IP addresses that logged into the account, phone numbers, other metadata and other Google accounts that might have used the same IP address at a similar time as the review was left

 

Google Paying $11 Million To 227 Age Discrimination Law Suits

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The head plaintiff in the case, first filed in 2015, was a 60-something man who says he was deemed a “great candidate” by a Google recruiter. The lawsuit said that in 2013, the median age of Google employees was 29, whereas the typical computer programmer in the US is over 40, according to several different measures.

During the interview process, Plaintiff received a technical phone interview with a Google engineer. Plaintiff alleged that the engineer had a heavy accent, a problem made worse by the engineer’s insistence on using a speakerphone. When Plaintiff was working through a technical problem, he asked if he could share his code using a Google Doc. The interviewer refused, Plaintiff alleged. Instead, Plaintiff had to read code snippets over the phone—an inherently error-prone process, Plaintiff argued that the interview process “reflected a complete disregard for older workers who are undeniably more susceptible to hearing loss.”

Plaintiff and Google settled their claims in December, but the larger class-action lawsuit went forward with another lead plaintiff—who is in her early 50s and joined the case in 2016. She says she interviewed for engineering jobs at Google four times but was never offered a position.

During one interview process, Plaintiff says, a recruiter asked her to submit an updated résumé that showed her graduation dates for college and graduate degrees. When the Plaintiff asked why this was required, she says the recruiter responded that it was “so the interviewers can see how old you are.”

Of the $11 million payout in the settlement, $2.75 million will go to lawyers representing the class. As reported by Bloomberg. The second plaintiff will get an extra $10,000 as the lead plaintiff. The remaining cash works out to around $35,000 per plaintiff.

Google has also promised to step up its efforts against age discrimination, providing training to managers and creating a new committee to address age discrimination issues. Google is settling the case without admitting that it has done anything wrong.

Companys Sues Hackers That Help Players Cheat With Pokemon Go

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New York State Suing Sackler Family For Creation Of OxyContin

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New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin.

The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per day, on Thursday expanded an existing lawsuit against pill maker Purdue Pharma to add members of its controlling Sackler family as defendants. Five other companies that produce opioid painkillers and four drug distributors, which buy medications in bulk and sell them to pharmacies, were also added as defendants.

“This is an extensive lawsuit that leaves no stone unturned,” New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, said at a news conference.

While other states and localities have filed similar suits, New York is taking some novel approaches, such as seeking to bar the companies from marketing and distributing painkillers in New York unless they abide by strict safeguards.

The suit claims drug manufacturers collaborated to falsely deny the serious risks of opioid addiction, and it accuses drug distributors of skirting systems meant to limit orders for painkillers. Distributors even helped pharmacies game the system to evade the caps, the lawsuit alleges.

 

But at the heart of the case are Purdue and the Sacklers, whom James called “the masterminds behind this crisis.”

The suit, like others filed elsewhere, alleges aggressive marketing of OxyContin beginning in the mid-1990s led to massive over prescribing and a scourge of dependency, addiction and death. Once the pills ran out, the lawsuit alleges, many patients craving the same effects turned to cheaper, more potent alternatives: heroin and fentanyl.

Representatives for Purdue and Sackler family members said the suit misleadingly blames them for a problem that’s far bigger than OxyContin.

Huawei Sues The United States Government

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Huawei sues the US government over ban, says it’s unconstitutional

Huawei  is fed up with the US government. Whether it will emerge victorious or humiliated is something the tech industry will be watching closely. Huawei has filed a lawsuit in Texas suing the US government over a new law that banned Huawei’s products from use in federal agencies. It has labeled the ban as unconstitutional and seeks to have that part of the law overturned.

There might be little chance that Huawei will win that case but the act alone is enough to create ripples that will be felt in years to come. Huawei said that the US has repeatedly failed to present evidence of accusations of state-sponsored espionage and this lawsuit could very well force the US government to actually produce hard evidence.

This lawsuit could work both ways, depending on whether the US does have such evidence that the company is a national security threat. If it does, it will cement other countries’ decision to ban Huawei from government and maybe even public use as well. Huawei is challenging the new National Defense Authorization Act, saying that the US government is in violation of the constitution by singling it out. In doing so, the US Congress has acted as Judge, jury, and executioner, without even taking the company to court, Huawei says.

 

Federal Judge Halts ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ That Allows Cheats

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Take-Two Interactive, which makes Grand Theft Auto Online, experienced a loss of at least $500,000 due to these programs, according to its initial complaint on March 23. Single-player mods are available with his programs, but the online community and publisher began to take issue when the online multiplayer sphere was impacted. The injunction seeks to stop sales of his product, which allows God Mode and can enable the practice of “griefing.” Online communities have engaged in substantial debate as to what qualifies as griefing, but it mostly involves creating inconvenience through level and firepower discrepancies between players.

 

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