A US district court has upheld the ruling that Joel Tenenbaum must pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 31 songs. The RIAA’s commented: “We are pleased with the District Court’s decision.” You don’t say?
California State Senators today voted down a proposed anti-theft kill switch requirement for cellphones sold in the state. The bill, intended to protect owners’ information in the event of cellphone theft, needed two more votes to pass the 40 member body.
Anti-malware firm Lookout published in its blog results of research that uncovered Bitcoin mining software hidden in six wallpaper apps in the Google Play marketplace. Google responded by quickly removing the apps. In March a similar research revealed two apps with millions of downloads were covertly mining Dogecoin and Litecoin.
Eighteen digital artworks created by Andy Warhol in 1985 on an Amiga 1000 have been recovered through a painstaking and delicate reverse-engineering process. The existence of the works was deduced by “self-confessed Andy Warhol fanatic and artist” Cory Arcangel after watching a Youtube video capturing Warhol at the launch event of Commodore’s Amiga. Arcangel enlisted the help of Carnegie Mellon’s computer club and the Andy Warhol Museum in his 2 year quest to recover the images.
Payments company Square has announced it is going to open an East Coast headquarters in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. New York State’s Empire State Development is reportedly helping with this, by offering the company $5 million in tax credits to help aid the expansion. [Source: BetaBeat]
Ondot, a company that makes a white label solution for mobile control of credit cards, has raised an $18 million round of funding. The company says it has already partnered with four major credit card processors. [Source: TechCrunch]
Next Monday Domino’s is going to launch an iPad app allowing people to order pizza’s with their Apple tablet devices. One new feature on the app will be a “3D pizza builder” that uses OpenGL to better visualize the final product. [Source: TechCrunch]
Moves, a fitness-tracking app that measured its users’ activity with the iPhone’s built-in motion sensors, today announced that it has been acquired by Facebook. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. [Source: Moves]
The people behind Taco Bell are working on a new, more upscale project called U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom. The menu will include “10 premium tacos, thick-cut fries, and shakes,” as well as craft beers and wines. [Source: Nation's Restaurant News]
With Comcast attempting to acquire fellow cable company Time Warner, the two companies are now being scrutinized to see what sort of service the two combined would offer. According to both companies quarterly earnings, which were just released, Comcast’s average monthly bill is more than $10 more expensive than Time Warner’s. [Source: Quartz]
Computer security startup Synack has raised a $7.5 million round of funding. Kleiner Perkins led the round, with participation from Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Allegis Capital, and others. [Source: Re/code]