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UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

Huawei, along with ZTE, has previously been a source of concern for western governments, many of whom have expressed worry that the Chinese company could be performing surveillance for the Chinese government. That has led to use of its hardware being banned in some places, and probes into whether Huawei hardware has been compromised. Back in 2013, Huawei revealed that it would be launching an R&D facility in the United Kingdom, and that resulted in an investigation into the matter. It has been quite a while since then, and the result is in Huawei's favor.

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Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Weaponized GIFs are apparently the new way to make serious points more flippant online, with Google smacking back at News Corp. criticism that the search giant had made a habit of hanging around the White House. Google had been accused of chasing undue political influence, with the News Corp. owned Wall Street Journal suggesting it was sneaky maneuvering that saw Google escape FTC censure over activities contrary to the public interest. Key to the accusations was a count of the number of times Google had visited senior officials since President Obama took office.

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Lousy mobile providers threatened with prison time in Africa

Lousy mobile providers threatened with prison time in Africa

Nigeria is following the lead of Tanzania and Zambia by enforcing jail time on substandard mobile operators. From now on, if a mobile company in Africa regularly delivers inferior service to its customers, the network operators could be sent to prison. These charges are handed down by Nigeria's Consumer Protection Council (CPC) which operates as a sort of government sponsored consumer watchdog group. It seems strict, but this heavy punishment is on the line because the Nigerian government feels consumers are being tricked into paying for shady, low quality services.

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FTC hits back; Google investigation integrity questioned again

FTC hits back; Google investigation integrity questioned again

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is coming out against statements made last week by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), as well as new claims that Google had used its political ties to the Obama administration to obtain a favorable outcome in the FTC investigation into alleged anti-trust and unfair internet search practices. The FTC states that such claims are unfounded and undermine the integrity of its investigation, while the WSJ is giving weight to the idea that anti-trust investigation might not have had much integrity on the FTC's part at all.

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RadioShack to sell 117 million customers’ data in bankruptcy auction

RadioShack to sell 117 million customers’ data in bankruptcy auction

RadioShack might not be worth much as a company, but it is about to sell a goldmine of customer information to the highest bidder. Discounting its own longstanding privacy policies, RadioShack is serving up customers' personal information as part of a court-supervised auction as it try to pay off its $1.3 billion debt. RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which means it is reorganizing the company in the process. There is no word how much RadioShack claims the data is worth, but it is a marketable asset up for grabs as they madly sell assets and restructure the company.

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First lawsuits against FCC’s net neutrality are filed

First lawsuits against FCC’s net neutrality are filed

The FCC just announced its ruling on net neutrality last month, and lawsuits are hitting the agency right off the bat. The FCC declared that the Internet is a utility, which allows the government to regulate it. As such, the FCC created net neutrality rules which treat all web traffic equally. Well, no one likes being told what to do, especially by the government. The telecom industry is up in arms over the FCC's net neutrality ruling, and now the lawsuits are beginning to trickle in. These lawsuits are part of an industry-wide effort to overturn what private companies believe are the FCC's unlawful regulations.

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Twitter hit with gender discrimination class action lawsuit

Twitter hit with gender discrimination class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed against Twitter late last week in San Francisco, with a former software engineer alleging the company's promotion process is discriminatory towards women. This comes at a time when such lawsuits are becoming common in Silicon Valley, as a separate legal complaint was also filed recently against Facebook by a former employee claiming gender discrimination. In the Twitter case, Tina Huang, who worked for the company between 2009 and 2014, says she was passed over for a Senior Staff Engineer position for no good reason.

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BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

Consumer warranties can be tricky. They are ideally designed to protect the consumer, but are mostly written by companies to protect their own interests and profit margin. BMW's auto warranties were scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which lead to an official complaint from the FTC. BMW of North America is settling with the FTC over their administrative complaint that BMW's Mini car division restricted its customers freedom to choose after-market auto parts and individual repair garages over Mini's official dealerships. In order to avoid a possibly long and drawn out court battle against the regulatory agency, BMW decided to settle.

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FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

A 160 page FTC report from a couple years ago has made the light of day through an open-records request, and in it we see Google held in a harsh, often damning light. The report reveals that it was recommended that the FTC sue Google over three of the Internet giant's practices, something that would have -- had it gone through -- ended up being one of the biggest antitrust cases since the similar suit against Microsoft in the 90s. Among other things, the report says Google both has and will harm consumers and innovation with some of its actions.

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Verizon settles with FCC over last year’s 911 outage

Verizon settles with FCC over last year’s 911 outage

In April of last year, multiple states experienced 911 service outages, and as part of that Verizon in particular had an outage in California that affected about 750,000 people and 13 different call centers. The outage took place for several hours, and Verizon did not notify officials about it as it was required to do. This spurred an investigation into the matter, something that has been going on for a while now and that was recently settled between the two entities.

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