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Tesla may open ‘Centers’ to get around pro-dealership laws

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Jonathan Brady/PA via AP Tesla may be planning an end-run around state laws that bar direct car sales and protect dealerships. Electrek sources claim the automaker is planning to open “Tesla Centers” in major urban areas that would theoretically avoid legal trouble by focusing on the sale of energy, not […]

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Court rules the FCC can’t block state net neutrality laws

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Alex Wong/Getty Images The FCC has won a key bid to uphold its repeal of net neutrality, but at a significant cost. A federal appeals court handling a Mozilla complaint has ruled that most of the repeal can stand, but that the FCC had “not shown legal authority” to ban […]

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Justice Department sets rules for using genealogy sites to solve crimes

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Westend61 via Getty Images Investigators have used genealogy sites to solve a string of cold cases in recent years, but the US hasn’t really had a firm stance on how and when to use those sites. There’s now a basic framework in place, however. The Justice Department has established interim […]

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Uber sues NYC over vehicle caps

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Uber isn’t about to sit quietly while New York City extends its caps on ridesharing. The company has sued NYC in a bid to halt rules that both freeze the number of new for-hire licenses and limit the amount of time drivers can spend cruising Manhattan looking for […]

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SAFE Banking Act Heads To House Of Representatives Next Week

News – High Times We’re hovering on the brink of the first pro-marijuana federal legislation in an age. On Friday morning, the House confirmed that the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act will be put to a vote next week. The proposed legislation is only the third piece of potential cannabis law to make […]

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California governor signs labor law meant to fix the gig economy

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links REUTERS/Kate Munsch It was really just a matter of time, but it’s now official: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the state’s Assembly Bill 5 into law. The measure is intended to reclassify many gig economy workers as employees by applying a test that determines whether or not they qualify […]

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California bill may fill data gaps in the criminal justice system

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Eric Risberg Inconsistent data isn’t just a headache in the criminal justice system — it could make the difference between someone going free or serving time. California might do something about that soon, though. The state legislature has passed a bill, AB-1331, that would improve data handling for criminal […]

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US investigates escort and massage sites over human trafficking

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links dragana991 via Getty Images Backpage is no more, but US authorities are still determined to crack down on sites that enable human trafficking and other crimes. Wall Street Journal sources say Homeland Security, the Justice Department and others are reportedly investigating escort and massage sites Eros.com, EroticMonkey.ch and Rubmaps.ch to […]

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New York state bans sales of flavored e-cigarettes

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links REUTERS/Brendan McDermid New York isn’t waiting for the federal government to take action on teen vaping. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an “emergency executive action” that will ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes. The move will see the state Department of Health’s Commissioner hold an urgent meeting with the Public Health […]

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Uber intends to treat drivers as contractors despite California bill

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images California is likely on the cusp of making gig companies treat independent contractors as employees, but Uber doesn’t think the potential law will change its business. In an update, legal chief Tony West maintained that Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) would let the ridesharing company continue to classify […]

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