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Uber: We don’t have to pay drivers based on rider fares

reader comments 97 Uber is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit that says it secretly over charges riders and under pays drivers. In its defense, the ride-hailing service claims that nobody is being defrauded in its "upfront" rider fare pricing model. The fares charged to riders don't have to match up with the fares paid to drivers, Uber said, because that's what a driver's "agreement" allows. "Plaintiff's allegations are premised on th...
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Feds in California are aggressively going after Silk Road, AlphaBay vendors

Enlarge / A stack of bitcoins sits among twisted copper wiring inside a communications room at an office in this arranged photograph in London on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. reader comments 31 Next month, a California drug dealer who recently pleaded guilty to selling on Silk Road, AlphaBay, and other sites is scheduled to be sentenced. According to federal authorities, David Ryan Burchard was one of the largest online merchants of marijuan...
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Equifax CIO, CSO “retire” in wake of huge security breach

Enlarge / A monitor displays Equifax Inc. signage on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 107 On Friday, Equifax announced that two top executives would be retiring in the aftermath of the company’s massive security breach that affected 143 million Americans. According to a press release, the company said that its Chief Informatio...
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Feds: Google stops challenging most US warrants for data on overseas servers

reader comments 5 Google has quietly stopped challenging most search warrants from US judges in which the data requested is stored on oversees servers, according to the Justice Department. The revelation, contained in a new court filing to the Supreme Court, comes as the administration of President Donald Trump is pressing the justices to declare that US search warrants served on the US tech sector extend to data stored on foreign servers. ...
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Can a tattoo on human flesh be copyrighted? We’ll soon find out

Getty / Aurich reader comments 1 There's a tattoo as a design, and then there's that same tattoo after it's inked on the human body. Tattoo artists often copyright their tattoos. But does that copyright stick once the image is inked on the human body? So far, no US court has ruled that it does, despite several lawsuits on the topic that have settled out of court or have been dropped. But barring a settlement, we might soon get our first rul...
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PETA drops lawsuit demanding animals the right to own property

reader comments 25 We brought word last month that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was in the works of dropping its federal lawsuit that sought to win the right for animals to own property. That case involved the intellectual property rights of an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto who took pictures of himself in the wild with a nature photographer's camera. PETA officially dropped the Naruto case on Monday. We can all rest ...
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The dye whisperer: Meet the chemist giving biologists worldwide new colors

Enlarge / Cells in metaphase, dyed by rhodamines reader comments 8 You can never have enough photons. Biologists, they always want more, says Luke Lavis , a dye chemist with Howard Hughes Medical Institute. And, he lets slip under a smile, they’re “super picky.” Still, biologists appreciate his work. While Lavis’ fellow chemists might be inclined to see his latest series of molecular dyes as “incremental” advances, biologists are jumping at...
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HTC Vive gets its first permanent price cut, now down 25 percent

Take heed: the newly discounted HTC Vive bundle, pictured here, includes the old head strap without either embedded headphones or a more comfortable fit. From HTC The HTC Vive has finally received its first major, and permanent, price drop since launching in April of last year. Starting today, the complete HTC Vive virtual reality kit , which includes a headset, two Vive wand controllers, and two tracking boxes, now costs $599 (and £599 in ...
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US forecast models have been pretty terrible during Hurricane Irma

Weather Bell reader comments 114 Hurricane Season 2017 View more stories We have written a fair amount at Ars recently about the superiority of the European forecast model, suggesting to readers that they focus on the ensemble runs of this system to get a good handle on track forecasts for Hurricane Irma. Then we checked out some of the preliminary data on model performance during this major hurricane, and it was truly eye-opening. Brian Ta...
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Dear Ford: When you bring back the Ranger, don’t forget this Raptor version

Enlarge / The way the suspension and dampers work on these off-road trucks really is something else. Ford reader comments 3 Trucks have been no more immune than cars when it comes to suffering from automotive bloat. The F-150 of today is a beast of a thing compared to the ones I rode around in at the turn of the century, and that's the smallest truck Ford will sell us here in the US. Life is better for the small truck fan living in Australi...
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