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Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google has been dealing with the FTC quite a bit this year concerning multiple issues, one of which is patents. According to the FTC, Google breached antitrust law by trying to prevent competitors from using certain essential tech patents that it owns. Now it seems the tech company and the government agency are close to settling the matter, according to three sources who are "familiar with the matter."

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Mobbles wobbles: Kid game developer pulls app after FTC privacy row

Mobbles wobbles: Kid game developer pulls app after FTC privacy row

Kids' game maker Mobbles has pulled its mobile titles in a preemptive defense against FTC investigation, having been unofficially informed that its software is among 200 titles accused of storing information on child players without parental approval. The FTC confirmed it would begin a probe into kid apps on Monday, but did not specifically name the titles it would be looking at. "We have elected to take our app temporarily offline in order to focus on [privacy] objectives and ways that we can continue to improve on all fronts" Mobbles said in a statement on its site today, claiming not to have yet been approached by the FTC regarding online privacy complaints.

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FTC investigating app developers for suspected child privacy violations

FTC investigating app developers for suspected child privacy violations

For a lot of parents, having a selection of apps made specifically for children on hand is a godsend, as they give children something safe and perhaps educational to occupy their time with. We're finding out today that some of these apps may not be safe as some think though, with the FTC now launching an investigation of a number of developers who make apps geared toward kids. The investigation is based on an FTC report that says app developers aren't taking the security of children as seriously as they should.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! Today we found out that shipping times for the iPhone 5 have gone down to two weeks, which should be good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on one. HP announced that Autonomy's "serious accounting improprieties" have left it with a whopping $8.8 billion bill, while afterward insiders were saying that HP never wanted to close on the Autonomy deal in the first place.

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FTC may not have enough evidence to hit Google with antitrust charges

FTC may not have enough evidence to hit Google with antitrust charges

A couple weeks back, we heard the FTC may be close to making a decision on whether or not it wants to take Google to court over claims of anti-competitive behavior. If a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed, however, the FTC may have a problem actually hitting Google with antitrust charges due to a lack of evidence. If that's true, then Google may just be able to get out of this whole thing without ending up in court.

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Google fined $22.5 million over Safari privacy issue

Google fined $22.5 million over Safari privacy issue

A judge has given the go-ahead on a $22.5 million fine against Google over privacy issues regarding Safari browser users. It is alleged that Google made contradictory statements, tracking users' web browsing with cookies while assuring them that no such thing was taking place. The settlement was reached by Google and the FTC three months ago and finalized today.

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FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

It may not be long before Google finds itself being taken to court by the FTC, as new reports are claiming that the FTC is nearing a decision about whether or not it wants to hit Google with a lawsuit. Mercury News claims that a decision could come before the end of the year, and if the FTC decides that it want to take Google to trial, it could mean bad things for the search giant. Specifically, Google could be forced to part with some of its services, either being forced by the FTC to shut them down or sell them off.

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FTC reportedly recommends lawsuit against Google over patents

FTC reportedly recommends lawsuit against Google over patents

The FTC has been nosing around Google for a while now, having formally launched a probe back in June to look into whether the company is guilty of blocking competitors’ access to essential technology patents. Earlier this month, we reported that Google was looking into settling the issue. Now it seems the FTC has formally recommended that the company be sued.

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FTC offers best practices recommendations for facial recognition technologies

FTC offers best practices recommendations for facial recognition technologies

The FTC has offered recommendations on best practices for companies that are using facial recognition technologies. The recommendations are offered in a new staff report titled "Facing Facts: Best-kept practices for, and Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies." The report is intended to help companies that use facial recognition to protect consumers' privacy as they use the technology to create products and services.

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Google contemplates patent antitrust settlement

Google contemplates patent antitrust settlement

We reported last Friday about a potential antitrust lawsuit that the FTC was looking at slapping Google with over patent violations. The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating potential antitrust claims regarding Google for over a year. Recently, it started poking around the way Google handled the patents it received when it bought Motorola, and now it seems Google is considering a settlement.

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FTC offers $50,000 reward for a cure to robocalls

FTC offers $50,000 reward for a cure to robocalls

The FTC has issued fighting words with robo-telemarketers, offering $50,000 for a solution to the pesky robocalls. Commercial telemarketing calls were banned by the FTC in September of 2009, yet that hasn't stopped the barrage of calling-during-dinner robot-initiated calls from a variety of solicitors. Do you have an idea on solving this problem? The challenge opens in 7 days.

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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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