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Nikola (Motors) is Suing Tesla

SlashDot - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:50
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nikola Tesla invented alternating electrical current. Nikola Motors is a mobility company working on a hydrogen-powered semi truck. Tesla makes fully electric vehicles and last December unveiled its EV Semi. Nikola Motors is suing Tesla Motors over patent infringements, according to Electrek. Nikola alleges that Tesla infringes on three of its patents: fuselage design, a wraparound windshield on a semi truck and a mid-entry door. Nikola claims that these design similarities have "caused confusion" among customers and stolen away over $2 billion in business, and that if problems arise with Tesla's Semi (like battery fires or glitches with autonomous driving), they'll be attributed to Nikola. Typical patent troll stuff.

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Opinion: Bornstein is back -- and he's celebrating

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:46
Dr. Harold Bornstein is back, baby. In multiple interviews, the President's original superlative-laden physician is breaking news, airing grievances and dancing on the grave of Donald Trump's former physician at the White House, Dr. Ronny Jackson. The parade of medical misfits in and around this administration is a sight to behold but makes sense amid an ethos that places self-regard over profession and community.
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Trump visits State Department for the first time for Pompeo's swearing-in - Washington Post

Google Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:45

Washington Post

Trump visits State Department for the first time for Pompeo's swearing-in
Washington Post
President Trump attended the ceremonial swearing-in of Mike Pompeo as his new secretary of state Wednesday, marking the first time Trump has set foot in the State Department. “Mike has . . . earned my deepest respect, admiration and trust,” Trump said ...
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Draymond responds to Barkley's remark

ESPN Headlines - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:40
Draymond Green had straightforward thoughts when informed of Charles Barkley's comments on national television Tuesday night.
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Go inside the Rimac factory for a closer look at the C Two EV hypercar - Roadshow

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:38
This video from HRE, wheel supplier to Rimac, shows us the inside of the Croatian startup's factory and introduces us to its chief vehicle designer.
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The Latest: Pashinian claims needed 1/3 support for PM bid - Washington Post

Google World News - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:37

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The Latest: Pashinian claims needed 1/3 support for PM bid
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YEREVAN, Armenia — The Latest on Armenia's political crisis (all times local):. 8:30 p.m.. The opposition lawmaker who has spearheaded mass protests in Armenia says all three opposition parties in parliament will nominate him for prime minister, which ...
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Can you strike out the Yankees? Your turn to pitch to Judge, Stanton and Sanchez

ESPN Headlines - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:35
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez are known for HRs (and strikeouts). Play our game for a chance to burn -- or get burned by -- the potent trio.
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President threatens to take on the DOJ

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:34
President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to "get involved" with the Justice Department's efforts to provide documents to lawmakers after accusations the agency has refused lawmakers' requests on a variety of topics.
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Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US' - BBC News

Google US - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:34

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Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US'
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The US state of Iowa has approved an abortion law banning most abortions once a foetal heartbeat is detected. Republican lawmakers passed the bill in back-to-back votes, sending it to the governor's desk to sign into law. If it comes into effect the ...
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Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US' - BBC News

Google US - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:34

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Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US'
BBC News
The US state of Iowa has approved an abortion law banning most abortions once a foetal heartbeat is detected. Republican lawmakers passed the bill in back-to-back votes, sending it to the governor's desk to sign into law. If it comes into effect the ...
Iowa Lawmakers Pass Ban on Most Abortions, Aiming for Court FightNew York Times
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Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US' - BBC News

Google Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:34

USA TODAY

Iowa approves 'most restrictive abortion bill in US'
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Iowa Lawmakers Pass Ban on Most Abortions, Aiming for Court FightNew York Times
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World Snooker Championship 2018: Barry Hawkins and Kyren Wilson reach semi-finals

BBC Front Page - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:33
Kyren Wilson wraps up a 13-6 victory over Mark Allen to join Barry Hawkins in the semi-finals of the World Championship.
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Japanese Lawyer Sues NTT For Voluntarily Blocking 'Pirate Sites'

TechDirt - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:33

Well, that didn't take long. Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing yet another attempt to introduce a censorious site-blocking program to combat copyright infringement, this time in Japan. While site-blocking is unfortunately now popular in several countries, Japan's attempt at it is interesting in that the Japanese constitution specifically forbids censorship of this kind save for the need to combat very serious, typically deadly instances. What's not arguable is that Japan's constitution intended to allow for a sweeping site-blocking program to combat general copyright infringement. Despite this, and despite the fact that the Japanese government hasn't bothered to actually put any law in place that would institute site-blocking, at least one ISP decided to get a head start and began blocking access to several websites it determined to be "pirate sites." The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., or NTT, did this while saying the government should still get on crafting an actual law for its actions, despite the obvious unconstitutional nature of the whole enterprise.

Because of its actions, it will be NTT that will face the first legal challenge to site-blocking rather than the government, with a private citizen, who happens to be a lawyer, suing the ISP for invading his privacy in order to censor his access to the internet.

Lawyer Yuichi Nakazawa has now launched legal action against NTT, demanding that the corporation immediately ends its site-blocking operations. The complaint, filed at the Tokyo District Court, notes that the lawyer uses an Internet connection provided by NTT. Crucially, it also states that in order to block access to the sites in question, NTT would need to spy on customers’ Internet connections to find out if they’re trying to access the banned sites.

The lawyer informs TorrentFreak that the ISP’s decision prompted him into action.

“NTT’s decision was made arbitrarily on the site without any legal basis. No matter how legitimate the objective of copyright infringement is, it is very dangerous,” Nakazawa explains.

Regardless of the specific legal arguments in this suit, it's hard to imagine that NTT wouldn't have seen this coming. Operating without a legal framework to unilaterally censor parts of the internet in a country with a commanding federal legal framework hardened against this very thing was putting the ISPs neck out there, to put it mildly. Why NTT wanted to paint a legal target on its own back rather than waiting for the government and courts to sort this out at the federal level is beyond me. One has to imagine that this lawsuit will be the first of many, if NTT decides to carry on blocking websites. Japanese law is quite clear on the matter, after all.

Breaches of privacy could present a significant problem under Japanese law. The Telecommunications Business Act guarantees privacy of communications and prevents censorship, as does Article 21 of the Constitution.

“The secrecy of communications being handled by a telecommunications carrier shall not be violated,” the Telecommunications Business Act states, adding that “no communications being handled by a telecommunications carrier shall be censored.”

The Constitution is also clear, stating that “no censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.”

Now, as TorrentFreak notes, how this specific legal action is adjudicated will likely come down to the technical specifics of how NTT is doing its site-blocking. That and, of course, how Japanese courts interpret that technical implementation.

The question of whether site-blocking does indeed represent an invasion of privacy will probably come down to how the ISP implements it and how that is interpreted by the courts.

A source familiar with the situation told TF that spying on user connections is clearly a problem but the deployment of an outer network firewall rule that simply prevents traffic passing through might be viewed differently.

But what is more clear than anything else is that this lawsuit signals that the Japanese public won't simply allow ISPs to unilaterally censoring their internet access. Whatever the technical details, Japanese law would make any introduction of site-blocking a matter of deft attempts at skirting the purpose of the anti-censorship laws on the books rather than fully complying with them.

And if we've already reached the point that it's clear the government and NTT are trying to game the system rather than following the law, the public backlash is likely to be heavy.



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Trump rips Justice Department in tweets

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:32
President Donald Trump threatened to "get involved" with the Justice Department's ongoing task of producing documents to lawmakers after accusations the agency has refused requests on a variety of topics.
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Stephen Hawking's final research paper published and it's mind-bending

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:31
Stephen Hawking may be among the stars now, but he has managed to gift the world one more research paper, published this week in the Journal of High Energy Physics.
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Another Southwest plane makes emergency landing after window breaks during flight - Business Insider

Google Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:28

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Novak Djokovic admits his confidence has been knocked since surgery

BBC Front Page - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:22
Novak Djokovic blames his recent decline on a premature return from elbow surgery and says he is working hard to rediscover his winning form.
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'RBG' earns favorable verdict

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:20
Stirring in all the right ways, "RBG" is much more than just a profile of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the unexpectedly iconic Supreme Court Justice. The documentary, rather, turns out to be a wonderful love story, with a buddy comedy -- built around Ginsburg's unlikely friendship with her ideological opposite, the late Antonin Scalia -- thrown in for good measure.
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