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Carrier IQ controversy prompts new disclosure bill

Carrier IQ controversy prompts new disclosure bill

Following the Carrier IQ controversy over its data tracking software on mobile devices, new legislation is being proposed that would require both wireless carriers and mobile device manufacturers to disclose of any monitoring software. Rep. Ed Markey drafted the new mobile privacy bill, which would place the Federal Trade Commission in charge of making sure mobile companies comply.

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Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

I think we all know that there are few truly unlimited plans left out there for smartphone users. They may say unlimited, but those little asterisks tell us that they actually limit most of the time. It may be a fair-use policy that charges you more after a small amount of free data, or it could be that they just slow your connection to the point that you can't even use your device for data.

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Senator Al Franken grills FBI director on Carrier IQ

Senator Al Franken grills FBI director on Carrier IQ

The saga continues to unfold in the matter of the data-mining finger-tap-recording application known as Carrier IQ, the one that just a couple of days ago the FBI was accused of using for "law enforcement purposes," and today we get a response from that bureau on whether they actually did or did not. What the FBI is saying today is that no, of course the FBI would never do such a thing. In fact, they're saying that they've never even requested information from Carrier IQ in the past, much less have they gotten any. Watch as this conversation unfolds on video, courtesy of who else by Senator Al Franken himself!

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Verizon 4G LTE nationwide outage confirmed, limited 3G service

Verizon 4G LTE nationwide outage confirmed, limited 3G service

So it turns out that Verizon's 4G LTE network isn't only down in the Midwest region only, as we originally reported. Verizon has confirmed that 4G LTE is undergoing a nationwide outage at the moment, and that their engineers are working on the outage as we speak. Calls, texts and 3G should be working for the time being for some areas, although 3G is "limited", as some customers have reported their devices operating on either 3G or having no data service at all. It's kind of a bummer for what boasts the fastest network speeds in the nation.

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Carrier IQ, Apple, Samsung, HTC, and more hit with class-action lawsuit

Carrier IQ, Apple, Samsung, HTC, and more hit with class-action lawsuit

The Carrier IQ scandal continues to spiral and now a new class-action lawsuit has been lodged against the company. The lawsuit, filed by three local law firms led by Sianni & Straite in the Federal Court in Wilmington, Delaware, also lists several other defendants, targeting handset manufacturers Apple, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola as well as US carriers AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

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AT&T & T-Mobile mulling joint venture if acquisition deal falls apart

AT&T & T-Mobile mulling joint venture if acquisition deal falls apart

Judging from all the rumors, it seems like that AT&T is looking at all of its remaining options in light of its withdrawn attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom AG. Wall Street Journal gives us the latest possible scenario, which is the possibility of AT&T and Deutsche Telekom teaming up together for a joint venture should the acquisition deal ultimately fall apart. And this would be apparently be a partnership that would entail the two telecom giants pooling their infrastructure together.

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AT&T considers bigger asset sale to save T-Mobile deal

AT&T considers bigger asset sale to save T-Mobile deal

AT&T's bid to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion has collapsed following reports that the FCC was requesting an administrative hearing regarding the deal. In a pre-emptive move, AT&T withdrew its T-Mobile proposal from the FCC and added the $4 billion breakup charge to its Q4 2011 finances. However, a source from Bloomberg is now claiming that AT&T may be considering one last plea of offering to sell more assets to save the T-Mobile deal.

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