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Apple ordered to pay $502.6M to VirnetX after jury finds patent infringement
VirnetX Holding Corporation—a Nevada company that many would dub a "patent troll" as it has no meaningful source of income outside of patent litigation—has won a $502.6 million judgement against Apple in a legal case that has dragged on since 2012. In October 2017, Apple was also ordered to pay over $439 million as its "VPN on Demand" feature and…

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Trump signs bill to shut down websites that facilitate prostitution
President Donald Trump today signed the controversial FOSTA/SESTA bill into law, paving the way for more law enforcement actions against websites that facilitate prostitution. Websites started shutting down sex-work forums even before Trump signed the bill. Craigslist removed its "Personals" section, Reddit removed some sex-related subreddits, and the Erotic Review blocked any user who appears to be visiting the website…

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Apple has begun notifying macOS users of coming 32-bit app incompatibility
Today and tomorrow, macOS users will begin seeing notifications informing them that 32-bit apps will not be supported in a future version of macOS, Apple representatives told Ars. Starting at midnight April 12, 2018 in users' local time zones, they will see the following message the first time they launch an app that only supports 32-bit in macOS High Sierra…

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Mysterious Google-branded 4K Android TV dongle shows up at the FCC [Updated]
The FCC just dropped a major surprise on us. It has documentation of a Google-branded HDMI dongle that runs Android TV and comes with a remote! It almost looks like a next-gen Chromecast, and the documents, which were spotted by reddit user 513, show off pictures, specs, and even the manual.

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AT&T’s 5G trials produce gigabit speeds and 9ms latency
AT&T says its 5G wireless trials have been producing speeds of more than a gigabit per second from millimeter wave frequencies, even in bad weather and—in some cases—without a line-of-sight connection. Latencies have been as low as 9ms, the company said. Current-generation 4G LTE networks generally use frequencies below 1GHz, which are best for covering long distances and penetrating obstacles…

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Google stops selling the Pixel and Pixel XL
Google is apparently done selling its flagship smartphones from 2016. The Pixel and Pixel XL have both been removed from the Google Store and the Project Fi store, suggesting the stock is all dried up and no more will be made. Google's current flagships, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, launched in October 2017, but the old Pixel phones…

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AMD systems gain Spectre protection with latest Windows fixes
The latest Windows 10 fixes, released as part of yesterday's Patch Tuesday, enable protection against the Spectre variant 2 attacks on systems with AMD processors. Earlier this year, attacks that exploit the processor's speculative execution were published with the names Meltdown and Spectre, prompting a reaction from hardware and software companies.

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Australian Energy Market Operator likes its new Tesla battery quite a bit
Last week, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released an initial report (PDF) on the performance of the 129MWh Hornsdale battery system that was installed by Tesla last November. It seems the market operator is pleased with the new battery, writing that the service provided by the battery system "is both rapid and precise, compared to the service typically provided…

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FTC: Warranty-voiding language like Nintendo’s and Sony’s is illegal
It's common for manufacturers of cars, video game consoles, and other products to insist that consumers will void their warranty if they use unauthorized repair services or unauthorized third-party parts. Some even insist that you'll void the warranty if you break the "warranty seal." These policies are illegal, according to the Federal Trade Commission.