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Apple questioned by FTC over HealthKit data

Apple questioned by FTC over HealthKit data

Apple’s HealthKit may be ahead of the curve when it comes to platforms and data gathering from multiple sources, and the FTC wants to know how Apple will handle the data we give up. According to Reuters, Apple has been approached by the FTC in a fact-finding mission to discover how our health-related data will be used. More importantly, the FTC wants to know the data is secure, and won’t be sold to any third-parties along the way.

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Google Drive for iOS brings TouchID, file access in any app

Google Drive for iOS brings TouchID, file access in any app

There are plenty of cloud storage options out there, but none quite as good as Google Drive. Google's home-grown cloud storage option is cross platform, available to anyone for free, syncs seamlessly, and is easily accessible. A big part of Google’s cloud storage footprint is on iOS, where both iPad and iPhone owners use it in place of — or addition to — iCloud. Today, Google ash upgraded Drive to suit a growing number of iOS 8 users, as well as the ever-increasing iPhone 6 user-base.

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Verizon wants AT&T, T-Mobile customers, offers more data

Verizon wants AT&T, T-Mobile customers, offers more data

Today, Verizon is taking steps to bring in new customers, offering them more data and credit for switching service. Starting November 1, if you move to Verizon, and choose a More Everything plan at the $80 or $100 price points, you’ll get an extra chunk of data. For a limited time, Verizon is giving new customers 10GB data on the $80 plan, and 15GB data on the $100 plan, which is also available for existing customers who want to re-up with Verizon.

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FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

Data throttling is nothing to overlook, especially for consumers. The FTC and FCC aren’t overlooking it either, with Verizon having fallen under their watchful gaze earlier this year. Now, the FTC has formally sued AT&T, claiming they deceptively throttled customers data. According to the lawsuit, AT&T throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers over 25 million times. In some cases, the FTC says data transfer speed was throttled by up to 90%! Even more concerning is that these throttling issues affect those on AT&T unlimited plans.

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Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

We see it a lot lately — some hacker makes a big data grab, then dumps the info in a dark corner of the web. The most recent victim of polarizing headlines about compromised data has been Dropbox. While claiming the username/password combinations taken were dated, they still faced a lot of furrowed brows at the data grab. Securing your own servers is a smart measure, but Facebook — perhaps the biggest data fish in the sea — is taking it a step further, and has taken to hunting in the deep waters.

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This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

Google Fiber offers mind-boggling data transfer speeds, but fiber optics require a massive build-out. That need for digging keeps Fiber from rolling out quickly, and gives the competition a chance to catch up where Fiber hasn’t made its presence known. That Gigabit speed via Fiber and other services is impressive, but also a bit of overkill. New wireless tech from Mimosa brings us all back to Earth a bit, but still delivers on impressive data speeds you’re likely not currently getting.

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Chase bank says 76 million affected in data breach

Chase bank says 76 million affected in data breach

Data breaches seem to be a daily occurrence of late, with companies left and right reporting they’ve been hacked. The latest puts the info grab a little too close to home, though, as JP Morgan Chase reveal they’ve been compromised. The scope of the breach makes it the largest we’ve ever seen.

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FCC pressure stops Verizon’s data throttling plan

FCC pressure stops Verizon’s data throttling plan

Verizon was set to start throttling those users on unlimited data who had heavy data usage, but have reversed course. In response to heavy criticism from the public and FCC, Verizon is changing course, and will let those data hogs consume at their will.

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FBI: Apple, Google data encryption goes too far

FBI: Apple, Google data encryption goes too far

The FBI isn’t too happy with Apple right now. They’re lumping Google in for good measure, too. Director James Comey says he is “very concerned” about the encryption methods Apple and Google use for their devices. Not because they are too weak, but because they are beyond his reach.

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Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Another retail shop has been hit with a point-of-sale information breach. Jimmy John's, a nationwide sandwich shop operating over 1,900 stores, reports they’ve been hacked. Just like Home Depot and Target ahead of them, this one points right back to the point of sale terminal.

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Home Depot: 56 million cards compromised

Home Depot: 56 million cards compromised

Home Depot’s data breach has many consumers worried. If you’ve used a credit card at Home Depot since April of this year, there is a chance you have been compromised. According to Home Depot, 56 million cards were affected, which is the largest breach of 2014.

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Confirmed: Home Depot hacked, vulnerable since April

Confirmed: Home Depot hacked, vulnerable since April

It’s official: Home Depot was hacked. After nearly a week of silence on the issue, Home Depot is admitting fault, saying their system was compromised for months ahead of the recent discovery. In releasing a statement, Home Depot also intends to make it right with consumers.

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