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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla’s next step will be, Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. “We do take at…

Photographer Who Sued Imgur Now Has a Pirate Bay Problem

When it comes to online piracy most attention usually goes out to music, TV-shows and movies. However, photos are arguably the most-infringed works online. Virtually every person on the Internet has shared a photo without obtaining permission from its maker, whether through social networks, blogs or other services. While most photographers spend little time on combating piracy, Seattle-based artist Christopher…

Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In “Puffery,” Not Fraud

DemonOnIce writes with a story, as reported by Ars Technica, that a federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action lawsuit connected to Battlefield 4’s bungled rollout. From the report: EA and several top executives were sued in December and were accused of duping investors with their public statements and concealing issues with the first-person…

Shooting At Canadian Parliament

CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached Parliament and got inside before he was shot and killed. “Scott Walsh, who was…

U.S. Government Shuts Down Music Sharing Sites

During the spring of 2010 U.S. authorities started a campaign to take copyright-infringing websites offline. Since then Operation in Our Sites has resulted in thousands of domain name seizures and several arrests. While most of the sites are linked to counterfeit goods, dozens of “pirate” sites have also been targeted. After a period of relative calm the authorities appear to…

DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent recommendations to strengthen security on net-connected medical devices, the Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into 24 cases of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in hospital equipment and personal medical devices. Independent security researcher Billy Rios submitted proof-of-concept evidence to the FDA indicating that it…

Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

An anonymous reader writes: The Hungarian government has announced a new tax on internet traffic: 150 HUF ($0.62 USD) per gigabyte. In Hungary, a monthly internet subscription costs around 4,000-10,000 HUF ($17-$41), so it could really put a constraint on different service providers, especially for streaming media. This kind of tax could set back the country’s technological development by some…

Australians Face ‘Fines’ For Downloading Pirate Movies

Much to the disappointment of owner Voltage Pictures, early January 2013 a restricted ‘DVD Screener’ copy of the hit movie Dallas Buyers Club leaked online. The movie was quickly downloaded by tens of thousands but barely a month later, Voltage was plotting revenge. In a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Texas, Voltage sought to identify illegal downloaders of…