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FTC charges 29 defendants with sending over 180 million spam text messages

FTC charges 29 defendants with sending over 180 million spam text messages

If you've ever received a spam text message offering a free gift card or prize from a popular retailer, it could very well have originated from one of the 29 defendants the FTC has charged with sending over 180 million spam text messages. The text messages alleged that individuals could receive a prize from Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or similar stores for free by providing personal information and applying or subscribing to services.

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HTC settles security issue with the FTC

HTC settles security issue with the FTC

HTC was slapped by the FTC over a security issue that left users' information vulnerable. This was the result of the company altering the OS on its smartphones and tablets in such a way that the additional features implemented left information open to collection by malicious programs. Just a bit ago, the FTC announced that HTC has settled the matter.

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FTC fines Path app $800,000 over unauthorized data collection [UPDATE]

FTC fines Path app $800,000 over unauthorized data collection [UPDATE]

A year ago Path's app for iPhone received a lot of criticism because it was discovered that the app was accessing users' contacts without permission. The developers quickly made things right and released an update to fix the permissions. However, the FTC caught them anyways and fined them for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (since some users were under 13).

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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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Leaks in the Google antitrust probe brings the FTC under scrutiny

Leaks in the Google antitrust probe brings the FTC under scrutiny

Google has been in the news in increasing frequency over the last six or so months concerning an FTC antitrust probe into its business practices. Most of the information that surfaced about the case came from sources identified only by their claim to be familiar with the situation. Now the FTC is under scrutiny from Congress over the amount of information that leaked to the media.

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Google got off easy in antitrust case by pressuring regulators to relent

Google got off easy in antitrust case by pressuring regulators to relent

Many critics both large and small have been vocal about the mere wrist slapping Google received after a lengthy antitrust probe by the FTC into its practices, which are said to be harmful to its competitors. The debacle has been called a failure on the agency's part to protect the American consumer, among other things. As it turns out, however, the FTC was relentless in its investigation, but Google was just as relentless back.

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Google settles FTC antitrust with patent and advert limits

Google settles FTC antitrust with patent and advert limits

Google has settled with the FTC, avoiding antitrust penalties by agreeing to license standard-essential patents to rivals without threat of injunctions, and to remove restrictions on online advertising, though the concessions aren't enough to placate activists. As part of the agreement, Google will be forced to license the standard-essential Motorola Mobility patents on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms to any rival that requests them, after fears that the search giant might use its acquired IP to bludgeon competitors with extortionate licensing fees else run the risk of expensive and limiting injunction proceedings.

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Google reportedly to settle antitrust probe on January 3

Google reportedly to settle antitrust probe on January 3

On December 19, we reported that, according to sources, the FTC was set to push its investigation of Google into early 2013. Originally, it was to be settled by the end of 2012, but a heap of criticism prompted an extension while the agency looked into additional penalties. Apparently they didn't need much extra time, as sources are now stating that Google will settle the probe tomorrow.

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