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Spoiler: Amazon accidentally unveils iPhone 7 early

An hour before Apple was scheduled to announce its latest addition to the iPhone line on Wednesday, Amazon accidentally posted its specialized page for the iPhone 7.

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The page's appearance was first reported by Gizmodo, which noted it at 12:25 p.m. ET. Apple's event, at which the company was expected to announce the iPhone 7, was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.

The Amazon page for "everything you need for the new iPhone 7" showed links for Bluetooth headphones, which appeared to confirm rumors that the iPhone 7 will not have an earbud jack, and photos of what appeared to be two back-facing cameras.

>> Related: Apple iPhone 7 event: What time is it; live stream; what’s new; how much for the phone?

Apple is holding its media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Citing "leaks," many people have speculated that the iPhone 7 will take center stage at the event, along with a possible look at a new Apple Watch. The event will also be livestreamed on Apple's website.

Warner Bros. files copyright claim against itself

With torrents and pirated versions of popular movies plastered all over the web, it's understandable that big studios would try to protect their property. But Warner Bros. went a little overboard.

The blog TorrentFreak found out that, in its haste to remove pirated content, the studio accidentally tried to take down movies for sale on its own website.

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The takedown requests were made by a third party called Vobile on Warner Bros.' behalf. Vobile asked Google to remove sites that hosted movies such as "The Dark Knight" and "The Matrix," including Amazon and WarnerBros.com.

The TorrentFreak writer told the BBC: "Piracy monitoring firms often use automated systems to find and report copyright infringing websites. I'm fairly certain that this happened here as well, considering the obvious mistakes that were made."

While it's funny to laugh at Warner Bros. for trying to pull its own films, the misstep highlights a serious issue with the way companies can abuse the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed out that copyright enforcement companies can ignore potential mitigating factors like fair use.

Notably, a mother had a video briefly pulled from YouTube because her 1-year-old son was dancing while Prince's copyrighted classic, "Let's Go Crazy," was playing in the background.

The audio is pretty grainy, and there was clearly no intent to steal money from Prince or his record label, but there's just no way for a computer to judge intent.

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YouTube stars unhappy with site over ad money

YouTube's standards for what videos YouTubers can make money on have gotten them into a little bit of trouble. Some are equating the rules for advertiser-friendly videos to censorship.

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Some things that can prevent YouTubers from making money on their videos? Sexual humor, violence and vulgar language.

Philip DeFranco has been one of the most vocal YouTubers to express concern over the rules. He argues that taking away monetization is "a form of censorship" and that it makes regularly producing videos not in line with the company's advertising guidelines unsustainable for those trying to make money.

DeFranco pointed out that one of the most challenging advertiser-friendly criteria might be about just covering current events. 

Monetization can be taken away if videos include "controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown."

But as YouTube pointed out in a statement to media, this isn't a new policy. The company simply made it easier for YouTubers to find out when a video has been de-monetized and appeal it if they want to.

As a Forbes contributor who's also a YouTuber pointed out, that knowledge could actually benefit YouTubers in the long run.

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Twitter to pay content creators for videos

To stay competitive with Facebook and YouTube, Twitter is going to start paying content creators for videos.

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The service was already paying big entities like the NFL, but this deal is aimed at YouTube-style creators.

And according to ReCode, it's giving them a pretty good deal. That outlet says 70 percent of ad revenue will go to creators and that Twitter is keeping 30 percent for itself.

YouTube actually only pays out about 55 percent to creators, and Facebook only pays certain companies and celebrities to use its live-streaming feature. It doesn't actually pay for regular video.

Although, that doesn't mean Twitter's video content is going to get competitive overnight. YouTube already has a massive and established user base where creators already know they can make money.

But Twitter is doing something pretty smart and allowing creators to monetize content on multiple platforms, making it pretty easy for those already producing content to start posting on Twitter.

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European Commission orders Apple to pay $14.5B

Apple is being forced to pay roughly $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland in what's regarded as Europe's biggest tax penalty.

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After a multi-year investigation, the European Commission ruled the technology giant received unfair and illegal tax breaks in Ireland, where its European headquarters are located.

The $14.5 billion fee represents more than a decade of tax breaks. In 2003, the Irish government was charging Apple 1 percent on its European profits. In 2014, the tax rate fell all the way to 0.005 percent.

According to the commission, Ireland will have to be the one to recover the back taxes. But both Apple and Ireland are expected to appeal the ruling.

The European Commission said the amount Apple is forced to pay Ireland could go down, if other countries – including the U.S. – are willing to tax the technology company more.

It's unlikely the U.S. will go for that, since American officials are warning the commission it's exercising more power than it has, and arguing taxes are a national government issue.

A recent report by the U.S. Treasury Department said these European Commission investigations could hurt the U.S. government's ability to tax American companies.

The European Commission has argued that "profits should be taxed where profits are made."

In recent years, the commission has brought similar cases against Starbucks in the Netherlands, Anheuser-Busch InBev in Belgium and Amazon in Luxembourg.

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Apple iPhone event set for September 7

Foreign hackers target state election systems; FBI investigates

Federal investigators believe hackers based outside of the United States are behind a pair of cyberattacks reported over the summer against election systems in two states, according to an FBI flash alert obtained by Yahoo! News.

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The alert, dated Aug. 18, warned officials about attacks in July and August in which hackers "exfiltrated" information from two unidentified state boards of election. Authorities did not say what information was stolen in the attacks, however, unidentified sources told Yahoo! News authorities were referencing separate attacks in Arizona and Illinois.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office closed part of its voter registration system after the FBI detected "a potential threat" in June and malicious software was found on a computer used to access the system, according to The Arizona Republic. No data was stolen in that attack, a state official told Yahoo! News.

>> Related: Hacker releases personal information of nearly 200 Democrats

Hackers were, however,  able to steal the personal data of as many as 200,000 Illinois voters during an attack in late July that crippled the state's voter registration system for more than one week, Yahoo! News reported.

"The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected," the FBI flash alert recommended. "Attempts should not be made to touch or ping the IP addresses directly."

The alert was sent out amid increased fears of foreign cyberattacks after emails from the Democratic National Committee were hacked and as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims the presidential election is rigged.

Driver distracted by 'Pokemon Go' kills pedestrian in Japan

A Japanese farmer playing "Pokemon Go" while driving struck a pair of pedestrians earlier this week, killing one in Japan's first reported death linked to the wildly popular augmented-reality game, according to multiple reports.

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Keiji Goo, 39, was driving a small truck in Tokushima prefecture, on the island of Shikoku, Tuesday night when he struck two women as they were crossing the road, The Washington Post reported. Sachiko Nakanishi, 72, was killed and Kayoko Ikawa, 60, suffered a broken hip.

"I was playing 'Pokemon Go' while driving, so I didn't really see what was in front of me," Goo told police, according Japan's NHK.

Police arrested Goo on a negligent driving charge, Reuters reported. Authorities did not immediately say whether the man would face additional charges.

A spokesman for Niantic Inc., the company that developed "Pokemon Go" alongside the Pokemon Company, told Reuters a warning was added to the app to warn players against playing the game while driving.

It's not the first time the game, which has players attempting to find and battle virtual "Pocket Monsters" in real-time, has been linked to car accidents. According to the Post, Japanese authorities wrote 1,140 tickets for traffic violations related to the game in the month it's been out in the country – 95 percent of which were due to playing while driving.

A spokesman for Nintendo shared condolences for the family of Nakanishi while speaking with Reuters, adding that, "Pokemon Company and Niantic endeavor to create an environment where people can play the game safely and we will continue to do that."

Officials: 'Pokemon Go' players discover body in cemetery

Two people in Texas discovered the body of a man while playing the cellphone game "Pokemon Go," and the sheriff's department is now investigating the death as a homicide, officials said.

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The man has been identified as Christopher Robert Lowe, 34, of New Braunfels, the Comal County sheriff's office said. A man and a woman discovered Lowe's body just before noon Thursday at the Saint Joseph Cemetery in the 100 block of Wenzel Lane off FM 482.

>> Related: 'Pokemon Go' player finds body floating in New Hampshire brook

The circumstances at the scene indicated Lowe's death was a homicide, the sheriff's office said.

It's not the first time "Pokemon Go" players have stumbled upon bodies while playing the augmented-reality game. A Wyoming teen found a dead body in a river while searching for water Pokemon last month. Another body was found in Nashua, New Hampshire's Salmon Brook, although authorities noted the death did not appear suspicious.

Barbra Streisand calls Apple CEO to fix name pronunciation

In an interview with NPR on Saturday, Barbra Streisand said Siri, the iPhone's digital assistant, doesn't pronounce her name correctly. So, she called Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

Streisand said her last name is incorrectly pronounced with a "z" sound on the second "s." 

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Her request to change Siri's pronunciation of her last name was positively accepted.

Cook reportedly agreed to fix the pronunciation in time for the next iOS update, which Streisand said is set to be released "on Sept. 30."

That detail is another important point from the interview. Streisand may have leaked the release date for the next iOS update, which, if true, will come about two weeks after the expected release of the iPhone 7.

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