Australia Sues Apple For Bricking iPhones Repaired by Third Parties

Apple forbids consumers from taking their iPhones to third parties for repair, and sometimes even bricks phones as punishment. But Australia has said that’s not cool and is suing the tech behemoth. Or, to put it in Australian, “yeah nah mate, garn git fucked.” Read More >>

India and New Zealand Were Wrong to Recognise Rivers as Persons

Courts in New Zealand and India have granted legal personhood status to three rivers. The strange status is meant to protect the waters from pollution, but the measure could lead to unintended consequences, while undermining efforts to grant personhood status to living beings who actually deserve it. Read More >>

A Fight to Recognise Chimpanzees as Persons Could Save the Animal Kingdom

“They used to bark at me when I walked into the courtroom,” lawyer Steven Wise said in the Sundance documentary Unlocking the Cage, which debuted on HBO last month. His use of the word “bark” is literal. Read More >>

University Very, Very Sorry It Gave Lab Students ‘Easily Fatal’ Doses of Caffeine

During a lab test at Northumbria University last March, sports science students were supposed to receive around 300 milligrams of caffeine. Due to a misplaced decimal point, prosecutors say two of them were given 30,000 milligrams—equal to 300 cups of coffee or almost twice the generally recognised lethal dose—instead. And now the university is so, so sorry. Read More >>

Alternative Porn Categories Are Facing a UK Ban

‘Non-conventional’ internet porn is set to be banned in the UK, which may or may not positively impact the nation’s productivity. Read More >>

The War With Extraterrestrials Will Begin in France

With UFO sightings on the rise and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman leading a push to reveal more classified info on extraterrestrial life, one small town in France wants to potentially ruin it for us all. Read More >>

FBI Says Russia Hacked the Democrats to Influence the US Election

The US Intelligence Community is confident the Russian government was behind recent hacks against the Democratic National Committee that compromised thousands of emails from top DNC members. Read More >>

Teenage Terror Suing Parents Over Facebook Baby Photos

Boo-hoo, unnamed (for legal reasons) Austrian teenager, boo-fricking-hoo. An 18-year-old terror is taking her parents to court, because they keep posting ever-so-slightly embarrassing pictures of her as a baby on Facebook. Read More >>

British Citizens May Soon Need a £50 Visa to Travel to Europe

Ah, balls. Brexit, the gift that keeps on giving, means that Brits may soon have to apply for and purchase a travel visa in order to go on holiday in Europe. Read More >>

Police and Security Services Made 1,119 Errors Intercepting Communications Data in 2015

A report from interception of communications commissioner Sir Stanley Burnton shows that the police and security services acquired 761,702 items of communications data -- including details relating to mobile and landline calls and web activities -- in 2015. Read More >>

Apple Hit With Record Penalty For Illegal Irish Tax Arrangement [Updated]

The big news today is that a mega-rich company that’s done its utmost to pay as little as possible in taxes will have to pay a perfectly manageable fine if it’s found to have done anything naughty. Read More >>

BBC iPlayer to Require Licence Fee From September

The so-called ‘iPlayer loophole’ is set to be closed on September 1st. From the beginning of next month, you’ll need to have paid the £145.50 per year TV licence fee in order to use the BBC’s catchup service. Read More >>

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How Does Maritime Law Actually Work?

A country’s territorial waters reach twelve miles off its coast, which means it can make up the rules there. Twelve miles beyond that is the contiguous zone where the country can only enforce laws regarding customs, taxation, immigration, and pollution. Up to 200 nautical miles off the coast is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is sort of international waters but only that country has the rights to harvest the natural resources there. One country, three different levels of laws over the ocean. Read More >>

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You Don’t Break Han Solo’s Leg and Get Away With it

Han Solo’s leg has been avenged, with Disney subsidiary Foodles Production (UK) Ltd pleading guilty to two criminal charges relating to that accident on the set of The Force Awakens in June 2014. Read More >>

Amazon’s UK Delivery Drone Trial Will Focus on Three Key Problems

Amazon and the government have announced a new trial for delivery drones in the UK. The retail giant will bankroll the tests, which it says will be focused on solving three key problems. Read More >>