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FTC leak reveals interest in broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

FTC leak reveals interest in broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

Every McDonald's restaurant has an ice cream machine, but whether you can actually order anything involving the cold treat is a gamble. It's well-known that McDonald's ice cream machines are often 'not working right now' when someone tries to order, an issue that may have more to do with long repair wait times than employees who simply don't want to re-clean them.

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FTC drops Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit after four-year battle

FTC drops Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit after four-year battle

The past few years have seen various government agencies file complaints or lawsuits against giant tech companies but, back in 2017, that wasn't a common thing. That's what made the US FTC's decision to file an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm back then a landmark case that would also rattle the mobile market in its wake. The FTC initially scored a victory in 2019 but lost on appeal last year. Instead of the planned request for review, however, this year's FTC has decided not to pursue the case further, practically letting Qualcomm get away with the anticompetitive practices it was accused of.

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Facebook exec says “We are at the center of what it means to be human”

Facebook exec says “We are at the center of what it means to be human”

An internal company-wide meeting at Facebook revealed some disturbing statements and projects from the social network this week. In addition to tone-deaf language, a Facebook product manager revealed a tool called "TL;DR" currently in development. It's been suggested that this AI tool will summarize long form articles "and spit out bullet points so people don't have to read the full piece."

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Facebook jabs back at FTC and calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’

Facebook jabs back at FTC and calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’

Facebook has responded to the lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and multiple state attorneys general, calling the legal matter an 'attack' and 'revisionist history.' The statement comes hours after the FTC announced the lawsuits over alleged Facebook's 'illegal monopolization.'

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FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization – Instagram and WhatsApp at risk

FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization – Instagram and WhatsApp at risk

Facebook is being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission along with dozens of states, alleging the social network of illegal monopolization and anticompetitive conduct. The allegations represent one of the most significant challenges Facebook has encountered, with the FTC seeking a permanent injunction that could see Mark Zuckerberg's company forced to sell off high-profile assets like Instagram and WhatsApp.

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FTC warns consumers of scam calls claiming to be from Apple and Amazon

FTC warns consumers of scam calls claiming to be from Apple and Amazon

The FTC has issued a warning to consumers this week to let people know that scammers are calling and using the names of two of the largest and best-known companies in the United States. The scammers are calling consumers and claiming to be from Apple and Amazon in an attempt to steal. In one of the scams, the FTC says consumers receive a call or recorded message claiming to be Amazon.

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Facebook prepares to challenge plans to breakup Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook prepares to challenge plans to breakup Instagram, WhatsApp

It just recently made a major step in unifying its messaging systems but Facebook might soon be facing pressure to break it up again. It is no secret that the US government wants to break up Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp due to the parent company's influence in social as well as political spheres and Facebook's numerous missteps in those same areas. Of course, Facebook won't be taking it sitting down and the bottom line of its defense might boil down to "it's too hard".

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This fingerprint smart lock just got a mega FTC security scolding

This fingerprint smart lock just got a mega FTC security scolding

Smart lock maker Tapplock has settled with the US FTC, after complaints that it was misleading consumers with an "unbreakable" padlock that was anything but. The Canadian company raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in crowdfunding for its connected, fingerprint-secured smart lock, but security researchers subsequently found it was entirely too easy to crack open - either physically or digitally.

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Fake coronavirus cures targeted by feds as infections rise

Fake coronavirus cures targeted by feds as infections rise

The FDA and FTC are clamping down on companies claiming to offer coronavirus treatments or cures, the first step in tackling fraudulent COVID-19 medicines and new-age cures. The US Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission confirmed today that seven companies have been warned about their health fraud products, which the two agencies say could end up contributing to the greater spread of coronavirus and even more fatalities.

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Facebook Cambridge Analytica FTC ruling, 4 years late and woefully inadequate

Facebook Cambridge Analytica FTC ruling, 4 years late and woefully inadequate

Here in late 2019, the FTC released a ruling and public order on their findings on Cambridge Analytica's dealings on Facebook. That's Cambridge Analytica, one of the many major reasons Facebook faced major scrutiny for their role in the spread of disinformation during the 2016 US Presidential Election season. This is not the first time Cambridge Analytica was found guilty of deception and criminal activity - it is, however, the latest clear sign that the FTC is not equipped to protect the privacy of citizens of the United States.

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AT&T unlimited data throttling lawsuit ends in $60 million settlement

AT&T unlimited data throttling lawsuit ends in $60 million settlement

Network operators have redefined what the word "unlimited" means, or at least as it applies to data. What they really meant was limited unlimited data that incurred consequences once you hit certain conditions. That may be common practice but AT&T may have tried to get away with it until the FTC slapped it with a lawsuit. Now five years later, the major US carrier has decided to just pay the fine, long after the case could have any significant effect in the industry.

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Snapchat’s Facebook no-no file called Project Voldemort

Snapchat’s Facebook no-no file called Project Voldemort

Facebook's history of attempts to acquire and/or overcome Snapchat have reportedly appeared in a file created by Snap called "Project Voldemort." Neither of the companies have made this document official, and all sources have remained anonymous in their efforts to make this document known. The files paint Facebook as the enemy of the modern world courtesy of a character from J.K. Rowling's global blockbuster book series: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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