Stories you missed this week: Wiz Khalifa ‘hoverboard’ arrest, the next Hummer

Oshkosh L-ATV
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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. Too much, in fact, for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. From an official launch date for the new iPhone to a new precedent for the U.S. government to sue companies, and even Wiz Khalifa’s bizarre arrest — it’s all here.

Mark your calendars! Apple to unveil iPhone 6S on September 9

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On August 27, Apple confirmed that it will hold an event on September 9 at 10 a.m. PST in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Obviously, it’s widely expected that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will launch at the event, though Apple could introduce some other products as well. The only teaser on the invite is the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint!” The Siri reference could be referring to iOS 9’s new Proactive predictive feature, HomeKit controls, or both.

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John Legere hype train has left the station and is headed toward overage annihilation

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T-Mobile stopped charging customers for overages last year, but John Legere was hoping that move would force other carriers to follow suit. Overages are the charges that carriers bill when you go over your limits for data, calls, and minutes. In a blog post this morning, Legere announced that 250,000 people have signed his Change.org petition to end overages, which makes it the #1 technology petition on the site. Unfortunately, other carriers continue to do business as usual, but Legere isn’t giving up. Legere plans to make good on his promise to send a message to the other carriers that can’t be ignored.

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U.S. government can now sue companies that fail to protect customer data

(Wikipedia/ Carol M. Highsmith collection)
(Wikipedia/ Carol M. Highsmith collection)

The government now has a strong precedent to sue companies if they fail to protect their customers following a landmark suit in which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) successfully sued a hotel chain for failing to protect customer data. In an action by the FTC against Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the FTC. The FTC claimed that Wyndham had used inadequate security measures to protect customer information, Wyndham took the tack of arguing that the FTC was not authorized to bring the lawsuit.

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Wiz Khalifa forced to ground, handcuffed at LAX for riding ‘hover board’

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In an altercation with customs at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend, Wiz Khalifa was handcuffed and forced to the ground by three officers after refusing to get off his gold-plated two-wheeled “hover board.” As per a video the rapper posted to his Instagram, officers told him to “stop resisting” once he was on the ground. In response, the rapper responded “I’m not resisting sir, I’m not resisting.”

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Lighter, stronger, leaner: Oshkosh’s L-ATV to replace the aging Hummer

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(Oshkosh Corporation)

The U.S. Army’s search for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle replacement for the rapidly-aging Humvee models led it to three key players: Lockheed Martin Corp., AM General LLC, and Oshkosh Corp. in January of this year. Yesterday, the military offered Oshkosh $6.75 billion to substitute its Humvees with Oshkosh JLTVs (also called L-ATVs) over the next 25 years. Over that time period, Oshkosh will produce about 55,000 models to replace the majority of active Humvees and larger trucks. Around 49,909 of those new vehicles will go to the Army, while 5,500 will be sent to the Marines.

Read the full story here.

Next page: 5 more tech stories you might have missed this week

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