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Psst… it’s still okay to share your Netflix password

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A court ruled that it could be a federal crime to share your Netflix password

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EA Launches NBA Live Mobile on iOS, Android

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Electronic Arts announced the launch of NBA Live Mobile on iOS and Android. The basketball game allows users to become the managers of their favorite teams and compete in multiple game modes.

Players begin NBA Live Mobile by selecting an NBA team to represent. From there, they can take their teams into a season mode, live events and asynchronous multiplayer matches.

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The single-player season mode allows users to play through complete NBA seasons, and they must win the required number of matches during their seasons in order to move on to the playoffs.

Live events, meanwhile, are matches that have specific goals to complete. For instance, a live event may challenge players to score three-point shots from specific points on the court before a match ends. Each live event will only be available to complete for a limited time.

Finally, the asynchronous multiplayer mode allows users to compete against other players’ teams, which are controlled by the AI. Specifically, when a player begins a multiplayer match, they will play the first and third quarters of the match against the other player’s computer-controlled team. Once the first user is done, the other user will play the second and fourth quarters of the match against the first user’s AI-controlled team.

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While playing a match, gamers can use a virtual joystick to move their players around the court, and use buttons to trigger specific actions. That is, when players have possession of the ball, they can use buttons to drive, shoot and pass, and when they’re on defense, they can use buttons to guard and block.

Users can collect new players for their teams over time, and they can trade in their unwanted players to receive prizes. In addition, users can receive special collectible items as they play, which can also be traded in for rewards.

Finally, gamers can join leagues, or clubs, with other players. Each league can have up to 32 users, and these users can play matches against one another. Users can also chat with the other players in their leagues.

NBA Live Mobile is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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Privacy International files judicial review to UK’s ability to hack devices en masse

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Feinstein and Burr’s draft encryption bill would essentially make all encryption illegal

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The hubris of investigators

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UK High Court Rules In Google’s Favor In Anticompetitive Maps Case

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Uber Proposes $28.5 Million Settlement Over Safe Ride Fee Class Action Lawsuit

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Appeals Court Upholds Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Settlement

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Facebook Sponsored Stories ceased to exist April 9, 2014, and following a court ruling Wednesday, the years-old lawsuit over the ad unit may finally join them.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 3-0 to reject a challenge to the $20 million settlement of a class-action suit against Facebook, which was originally presented in October 2012 and approved by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in August 2013.

The lawsuit was based on Facebook’s use of users’ photos in its Sponsored Stories ad units, and the terms of the settlement grant about $15 to each of some 614,000 members of the class-action suit, as well as $5 million for the plaintiffs’ lawyers and $2 million to nonprofit organizations and charitable groups.

According to the Mercury News, the court ruled that the $15-per-user figure was “reasonable” due to the “minimal (if any) harm suffered by the plaintiffs,” adding that the funds for the nonprofits were suitable because those groups focus on privacy issues.

Readers: Is this finally a wrap?

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Class-Action Suit vs. Facebook to Austria’s Supreme Court

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The next stop for the privacy-related class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook in Vienna is Austria’s Supreme Court.

TechCrunch reported that Austria’s Supreme Court will rule on whether the lawsuit can be treated as a class-action suit.

Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group initially filed the class-action suit against the social network in August 2014, citing several examples of alleged privacy violations by Facebook.

A court in Vienna rejected the lawsuit in June, saying that it had no jurisdiction over the case.

Schrems said in a statement, as reported by TechCrunch:

It would not make a lot of sense for the court or the parties before it to file these claims as thousands of individual lawsuits—which we can still do if a class action is not allowed. We therefore think that the class action is not only legal, but also the only reasonable way to deal with thousands of identical privacy violations by Facebook.

Facebook responded with a brief statement, according to TechCrunch:

We’re awaiting the decision.

Readers: How do you think this will play out?

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