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Apple facing investigation in Europe over AppleCare

Apple facing investigation in Europe over AppleCare

If you've ever been in a situation where you're not sure whether you should spring for the AppleCare Protection Plan warranty, European officials think that you're not getting all the facts to make an informed decision. European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to EU countries to ask them to check whether Apple retail stores are providing buyers with the right to a minimum two-year warranty for Apple products.

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Germany going after Facebook’s facial recognition again

Germany going after Facebook’s facial recognition again

Facebook has already been on the wrong end of a privacy investigation in Germany, but it looks like the company's legal woes aren't quite over yet. The New York Times reports that German data protection officials have reopened their investigation into Facebook's facial recognition technology after it became apparent that Facebook wasn't going to change its policy. According to data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar, Facebook is building a database of user photos for its facial recognition feature, something that is illegal under European privacy law.

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Samsung to investigate claims of supplier’s underage employees

Samsung to investigate claims of supplier’s underage employees

Samsung personnel with be heading off to Huizhou, China tomorrow to investigate claims that one of its suppliers is employing underage workers. This investigation comes after the China Labor Watch said it found that seven workers under 16 years of age were working at HEG Electronics. Now Samsung is going to conduct an investigation of its own to make sure nothing shady is going on behind the scenes.

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Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google is finding itself in a bit of hot water today, as French privacy agency CNIL has asked the company to turn over Street View data which was collected on French citizens. Google initially promised it would delete this information after a 2010 investigation, but last week it told European privacy agencies that it still had some of the data it said it would purge. As a result, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office asked that Google turn this information over, and now CNIL is asking the same thing.

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Zynga hit with investigation over questionable stock sell-off

Zynga hit with investigation over questionable stock sell-off

Things just went from bad to worse for some of the folks at Zynga. Earlier this week the company delivered a less-than-stellar quarterly financial report, and now Ars Technica is reporting that some executives and shareholders are under investigation for dumping over $500 million in stock before the bad news hit and Zynga's stock price took a dive. In other words, a few Zynga higher-ups could be in a whole lot of trouble.

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White House says “no comment” on calls to investigate MPAA for alleged bribery

White House says “no comment” on calls to investigate MPAA for alleged bribery

In the past, the White House has encouraged Americans to start petitions on the White House website. The White House has even promised to respond to any petition placed on its website that gets 25,000 signatures within a month's time. Recently a petition was added to the website calling for the White House to investigate MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd on allegations of bribery. The call for an investigation was made after Dodd seemed to be threatening lawmakers that were voicing opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.

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Olympus HQ raided over $1.7bn fraud

Olympus HQ raided over $1.7bn fraud

Olympus has officially confirmed that Japanese prosecutors have raided its offices and the home of one of the former company executives that knew about the fraud the company was found to have committed. It has come to light that Olympus had for years hidden investment losses using questionable practices and acquisitions. The prosecutors that raided the Olympus HQ are working in conjunction with police and financial regulators.

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Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

The saga of Carrier IQ and its tracking software installed on untold numbers of mobile phones on carriers in the US continues. Senator Al Franken started his investigation into carriers by sending out letters demanding to know what major wireless carriers were using the software for, how many handsets had the software, and what was done with the data. Some responses have returned and the number of handsets running the software is scary.

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