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What does Amazon’s “Top Brand” badge actually mean?

Enlarge Getty Images | Leon Neal Amazon’s biggest asset can also be a headache for its customers. The so-called “everything store” really does sell almost any item consumers might want, but it’s often cumbersome and time-consuming to sort through them all. To avoid “choice overload,” the retail giant has come up with certain signals designed …

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Surprise! Uber and Lyft don’t like NYC’s new ride-hail rules

Enlarge / The Uber ride-sharing app is seen on a mobile phone on February 12, 2018. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the helm of the controversial company back in 2017, is known for being pretty unflappable. He was even upbeat during the company’s second quarter earnings call, when he …

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Disney fights streaming account sharing with help from cable industry

Enlarge / Here they come, all together in a streaming bundle. Disney / Sam Machkovech Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services. The battle against account sharing was announced as Disney and the nation’s …

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Woman accused of Capital One hack had stolen data from 30 companies, authorities say

Enlarge / Paige Thompson, 33, a former Seattle technology company software engineer, was arrested after she boasted about a massive data theft from Capital One on GitHub. She is now accused of 30 other data thefts. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images In a petition filed on August 13 in federal court in Seattle, the Justice Department asserted …

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Verizon sues city to avoid paying 5G fees, says the FCC has its back

Enlarge / A monitor seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Getty Images | Bloomberg Verizon has sued the City of Rochester, New York, in order to avoid paying fees for deploying 5G equipment and fiber lines. Verizon’s lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western …

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Alleged kingpin of massive, deadly fentanyl-laced pill scheme stands trial

Enlarge Getty | John Moore Utah man Aaron Shamo, 29, will stand trial starting today, Monday August 12, over federal charges that he allegedly ran a deadly, multimillion-dollar counterfeit opioid racket on the black market amid the country’s devastating opioid epidemic. Federal prosecutors allege that Shamo and his accomplices pressed hundreds of thousands of counterfeit …

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AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data

Enlarge iStock/Getty Images Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new trend in his field: artificial intelligence. Doctors like Chang often rely on eye imaging to track the development of conditions like glaucoma. With enough scans, …

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At Defense Distributed, few glimpses of life after Cody Wilson

Cody Wilson (right), the founder of Defense Distributed, spoke to reporters in Austin on August 28. Nathan Mattise The US Marshals sent this updated wanted poster to media when Wilson was finally apprehended following his time evading arrest in Taipei. USMS Defense Distributed’s new leader, Paloma Heindorff, holds up the letter from the Department of …

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Ajit Pai loses another court case as judges overturn 5G deregulation

Enlarge Getty Images | Marilyn Nieves One of Ajit Pai’s attempts to eliminate regulation of 5G deployment has been overturned by federal judges. The Federal Communications Commission last year approved an order that “exempted most small cell construction from two kinds of previously required review: historic-preservation review under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and …

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Blogger says she got an injunction for a post published five days earlier

Chris Potter The blogger behind a widely followed data-breach reporting service said an online counseling service has obtained an injunction barring her from publishing an article that went live five days earlier. The blogger says her article is also the subject of a criminal complaint. The August 1 post on DataBreaches.net reported that a misconfigured …

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