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Google may be hit with antitrust case from the FTC

Google may be hit with antitrust case from the FTC

According to multiple sources, it's said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is closer than ever to hitting Google with an antitrust lawsuit. The plan has been in the works for almost a year, and now four out of the five FTC commissioners are wanting to open up the doors to begin the process of investigating any wrongdoing by the search giant.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 3, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 3, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening, everyone. Today, T-Mobile and MetroPCS announced that their rumored merger was indeed real, and not long after, T-Mobile CEO John Legere released a new video explaining the deal. We heard more about the iPad Mini today, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that it's already in production and comes with a 7.85-inch screen, while accessory maker Cygnett released cases for the iPad Mini a little bit early. Speaking of iPad, we found out today that Apple ships a whopping 188,000 iPads per day, which is just plain absurd.

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FTC slaps scareware distributor with $163 million fine

FTC slaps scareware distributor with $163 million fine

We've all had it happen to us before: we're browsing the web when we're greeted with a pop-up alert claiming that our computer is infected and that our immediate action is required. Most tech savvy people wouldn't be tricked into falling for that, but for a while, these scams had many computer users legitimately scared. A handful of people involved in one of these scareware scams have been ordered by a US District Court to pay out a whopping $163 million FTC fine today, after it was discovered that they scammed more than 1 million people out of money.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 22, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 22, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. This particular hump day saw news that the Department of Justice and the FBI have brought down a trio of websites that dealt in pirated Android apps, while a picture of a mini dock USB cable for the iPhone 5 surfaced as well. Microsoft announced a number of things related to the Xbox 360 today, kicking off a search for people to beta test its new dashboard update, permanently dropping the price of the Kinect by $40, and announcing Xbox 360 Essentials packs, which come packed with accessories to accommodate Xbox 360 owners.

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FTC Facebook Instagram investigation ends silently

FTC Facebook Instagram investigation ends silently

Today an investigation into the proposed purchase of the photo sharing app Instagram by the social network Facebook has been ended as silently as it was started. The acquisition of Instagram was made famous earlier this year as Facebook payed a reported $1 billion dollar sum to take over the brand in its entirety. The FTC's Bureau of Competition worked with the Bureau of Economics to investigate the deal to make sure no anticompetitive business practices were taking place - they found nothing to write home about.

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FTC Facebook verdict: “express consent” required

FTC Facebook verdict: “express consent” required

This week the FTC has settled its privacy complaint with Facebook with an agreement that the social network will obtain "express consent" before they share any information of said users outside its pre-written privacy settings. The agreement makes it so that Facebook must provide users with "clear and prominent notice" any time user information is shared. It also makes Facebook keep a "comprehensive privacy program" maintained and subject to biennial privacy audits.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

Welcome to Thursday folks, just one more work day before arriving at the weekend. Today we had next to nothing about the Apple vs. Samsung trial, except for the news that a similar South Korean trial has been frozen for fear of it becoming too similar to the one being held here in the US. The lack of Apple vs. Samsung news leaves room for far more interesting things, however, like space! The Curiosity rover sent back a color panoramic shot of the surface of Mars along with its first full resolution image, and it's a pretty awesome sight. Sadly, it wasn't all exciting news for NASA today, as the Morpheus moon lander failed during a flight test and exploded into flames. Luckily no one was hurt, but this is still a pretty big setback for the folks at NASA.

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Google fine is FTC’s largest in history

Google fine is FTC’s largest in history

The largest fine ever levied against a company by the FTC has been drawn this week up against Google for their breach of Apple's Safari web browser. This situation has had Google and the FTC in talks for several weeks and involved a breaking of terms of consent by the search giant through Apple's software privacy settings. As the FTC calls it, Google's penalty is a "clear message" to all those companies looking to skip abiding by the FTC's orders in the USA.

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Google pays $22.5m in FTC Safari cookie fine

Google pays $22.5m in FTC Safari cookie fine

Google will pay a $22.5m fine to the FTC after tracking Safari browser users who had opted out of cookies, the largest fine ever levied by the Commission but still a drop in the internet ocean for the search giant. The settlement, rumored back in July, will also require Google to deactivate any tracking cookies inappropriately placed on users' computers, and is being described by the FTC as "a clear message" that privacy rules are inescapable.

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Google refuses wrongdoing vs Safari, privacy fine confirmed

Google refuses wrongdoing vs Safari, privacy fine confirmed

This week it's been a real all-out brawl very much behind the scenes when it's come to the FTC cutting down Google for their supposed privacy infractions with the Apple Safari web browser - and today they've spoken up. Google has sent out an extremely tiny statement to CNN which essentially has them refusing the idea that they did anything wrong as far as privacy is concerned with Apple's Safari browser. In addition, CNN has gotten some confirmation of the privacy fine Google faces, though they're currently unwilling to share their sources on the matter.

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