Tech Bytes Spotify facing $200m class action suit

Spotify facing $200m class action suit

David Lowery, the frontman of the bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, filed a class action lawsuit against music-streaming service Spotify in California on Dec 28.

Seeking damages of at least US$150 million (S$212 million), he claimed Spotify knowingly, willingly and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted compositions without getting mechanical licences.

Intel completes acquisition of Altera

US technology giant Intel has finalised the acquisition of fellow chip-manufacturer Altera for US$16.7 billion (S$23.7 billion) - its biggest buyout to date.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Altera's technology will allow the company to "invent new products that make amazing experiences of the future possible - experiences like autonomous driving and machine learning".

45,000 register as drone operators in US Since the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made it mandatory to register to operate drones in the US, over 45,000 drone owners have signed up. Since registration opened on Dec 21, the FAA has had so many requests, it suspended its website overnight.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2016, with the headline 'Tech Bytes Spotify facing $200m class action suit'. Print Edition | Subscribe