More states join lawsuit to keep 3D-printed gun plans off the internet


On August 1st, Defense Distributed was set to upload designs of 3D-printed guns for the public to buy and download. But the day before, a Seattle judge temporarily blocked their release after seven states and Washington, DC sued the company and State Department. Today, eleven more states have joined the legal battle to stop the firearm plans from being sold online. According to the filing, amended complaint added California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia to the list of states Attorneys General opposing the release of the files. Per the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the preliminary injunction hearing has been scheduled for August 21st and the temporary restraining order has been extended until August 28th.

Apple owes $7 billion in royalty payments, Qualcomm claims


Qualcomm claims that Apple owes $7 billion in patent licensing fees amidst a lengthy battle between royalty demands and patent infringement allegations. In a hearing taking place in a federal court in San Diego on Friday, as reported by Reuters, Qualcomm representatives announced the alleged figure owing, while Apple disrupted the amount. In June 2017, the iPad and iPhone maker filed a complaint in a federal court based in the Southern District of California which alleged that Qualcomm was operating an "illegal business model." Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple claimed that Qualcomm charges a fee for each iPhone manufactured, a range of devices which utilizes Qualcomm patents. While this isn't necessarily a problem, Apple says that Qualcomm is doubling its profit by also charging a fee for the technology itself.

How potentially dangerous fake Apple products reach the US consumer market

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple is filing lawsuits in response to several reports of fake Apple products. A customer holds an Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter for his iPhone 7 Plus smartphone at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. A three-story brick building in a low-crime Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City was the first U.S. stop on an international route used to ship thousands of potentially dangerous counterfeit Apple electronics to America's consumer market. The knockoff power adapters and chargers, which Apple says could cause electrical shocks, allegedly traveled from a manufacturer in Hong Kong to, with stopping points at the Brooklyn location and New Jersey electronics companies. U.S. investigators said they have seized multiple imports of suspected counterfeits that had been routed to the Brooklyn location.

Does cellphone-sweeping 'StingRay' technology go too far?

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their cellphones.

Why It's Hard to Protect Domestic-Violence Survivors Online

The Atlantic - Technology

In 1994, the National Center for State Courts conducted a study of 285 women in three cities--Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware--who had obtained temporary or permanent orders of protection against their abusive male partners. More than half said that, in advance of the restraining order, they had been beaten or choked; a sizable majority reported being slapped, grabbed, shoved, or kicked; and 99 percent reported being intimidated through threats, stalking, or harassment. When they were interviewed one month after the instatement of the order, nearly three-quarters of the study participants said they felt better, felt safer, and had experienced an improvement in quality of life. Six months later, 85 percent of the women who were reached for a follow-up interview said their lives had improved, and 93 percent reported feeling better. Less than 10 percent said their abuser had physically stalked, re-abused, or showed up at their home.