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Uber can't dodge assault lawsuit because of contract drivers

Uber drivers may legally be contractors rather than employees, but that doesn't absolve the company of liability in assault cases. A federal judge in California has denied the ride-sharing company's motion to dismiss a lawsuit for attacks against two riders. One of Uber's main arguments was that …

How to Get 350,000 Airline Miles—For Free

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of its AAdvantage program, American Airlines is rewarding a lucky few.<p>To commemorate their 90th anniversary, United Airlines recently announced a drawing in which they were giving away 90,000 miles to 90 winners. Never one to be outdone, American Airlines joined …

FBI granted federal court warrant forcing suspect to unlock iPhone using Touch ID

For the first time in a federal case, a suspect has been ordered to use her fingerprint to unlock her iPhone using Touch ID. The <i>LA Times</i> reports that a federal judge signed a warrant allowing the FBI to compel a suspect in an identity theft case to to unlock the phone just 45 minutes after her …

Belgium soccer team cancels practice after Brussels attacks

Belgium's national soccer team called off a practice session in Brussels on Tuesday after the city was hit by bomb attacks.<p>"Our thoughts are with the …

Microsoft is trying to bring back the '80s with its Windows 10 strategy

In 1980, IBM contracted a startup called Microsoft to deliver DOS, an operating system for its forthcoming IBM PC, on a tight deadline.<p>The IBM PC came out in 1981 and soon became a smash hit, surpassing the leading Apple II.<p>A horde of competitors rushed to build their own "IBM Compatible" clones …

Apple Scrambles To Catch Samsung, As LCD Loses Ground To OLED

Apple is rushing to catch Samsung on OLED displays. But it will be a long slog — and consumers will begin to notice.<p>That’s my prediction based on input I’ve been getting from Raymond Soneira, a display expert and CEO at DisplayMate Technologies. While it’s clear that Apple has decided that it needs …

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Source: Microsoft mulled an $8 billion bid for Slack, will focus on Skype instead

When Slack announced new voice and video services earlier this week, the enterprise messaging startup signalled a move into territory dominated by the likes of Microsoft’s Skype. But it looks like this is not the only moment when the two company’s paths have crossed in recent times.<p>Microsoft eyed …

Startups

Court tosses Apple's $120 million patent win over Samsung

A US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a 2014 jury verdict that had found Samsung Electronics infringed on three of Apple's patents and had awarded the iPhone maker $119.6 million.<p>Apple originally had sought $2.2 billion, claiming Samsung infringed on eight software patents.<p>Apple …

Apple opposes judge's order to hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

<b>(CNN) —</b> Apple is opposing a judge's order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, calling the directive "an overreach by the U.S. government."<p>A public letter, signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and published Tuesday, warns that complying with the order …

Privacy

Mobile Payments Startup Payleven Raises Another $10M

The days of Square clones popping up, everywhere you looked and capitalizing on Square’s conservative approach to global expansion, are long gone. But those startups are not. And today, one of them is announcing a Series D round.<p>Payleven, a mobile payments startup originally incubated in 2012 at …

FinTech

More alleged Samsung Galaxy S7 camera module and display images leak

The Samsung Galaxy S7’s release is approaching quickly and with that comes the leaks of several aspects of the device. GsmArena today has received images of both the front panel and camera module of the upcoming flagship. These images were snagged from the product line, most likely the production …

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen reportedly just bought another home for $5.4 million

Allen, whose net worth is estimated at $18 billion, is believed to own as many as 11 homes in this ritzy enclave just east of Seattle.<p>And according to Realtor.com, he just added yet another Mercer Island property to his extensive collection.<p>Allen reportedly purchased a roughly 3,320-square-foot …

Facebook's plan to eat the internet is finally launching on Android

The social networking giant said on Wednesday that it has launched its instant articles service for Google's mobile operating system, which allows media companies to publish articles directly to the platform's news feed.<p>The service involves more than 350 publications worldwide — including the New …

Rumor: Sony to have two Xperia Snapdragon 820 flagships for 2016

<b>Update, December 18:</b> Separately from the report from <i>CNBeta</i> that we cited below, <i>Digitimes</i> is reporting that Sony will cut down on the number of models it releases in 2016. The Japanese company may shutter its Taiwanese R&D facilities and reduce the number of manufacturers it partners with. Sony will …

Security researcher claims to have downloaded sensitive data from 13M accounts of scamware app MacKeeper

<i>Update: Kromtech has acknowledged the breach, stating that “analysis of our data storage system shows only one individual gained access performed by the security researcher himself.” It says that payment information is processed by a third-party company and is not stored by the company. “The only</i> …

Apple advertising iPhone 6s to older iPhone owners through App Store popups

Apple has begun advertising the iPhone 6s to older iPhone users through the App Store, as spotted by @Dirk_Gently on Twitter. If a user browses the App Store, perhaps updating apps, with an iPhone 5s or earlier device, a modal popup may appear over the top of the view promoting the iPhone 6s as a …

Walmart Announces Apple Pay Competitor 'Walmart Pay' for iOS

Walmart today introduced its own mobile payments service called "Walmart Pay" built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.<p>Walmart Pay's QR …

Apple raises iTunes Match limit to 100,000 tracks

For iTunes users, the $25-per-year iTunes Match is a pretty nifty service, letting them access their entire music library on every device they own. …

United Airlines is deploying the iPhone 6 Plus to over 6,000 customer service reps

United Airlines announced today that it will deploy some 6,000 iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to its customer service representatives based in the United States. United, which is the largest airline in the world based on locations served, says the iPhone 6 Plus will mobilize important services and allow …

2016 Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 officially announced, equipped with fast-charging, Samsung Pay support, OIS cameras, more

It’s not quite the end of the year yet, meaning we still have a few more weeks for companies to squeeze in some product announcements before 2016 rolls in. Samsung has just officially announced its Galaxy A-series of phones for next year and — from the spec sheets alone — they look like decent …

“One port to do it all” – the new integrated USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port makes it into the first laptop

Apple’s decision to equip the 12-inch MacBook with just a single port was a controversial one, but the USB-C port Apple chose just got a whole lot more powerful. Intel announced back in June that it was integrating USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to create “one compact port that does it all” – and that …

Apple's next iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack

Apple's quest for ever-thinner, ever-smarter devices may produce another casualty: your iPhone's headphone jack. A rumor at <i>MacOtakara</i> claims that the next iPhone might drop the 3.5mm port and use the Lightning port for audio instead. The move would let Apple slim its phone even further (reportedly, …