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AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

A newly published report claims Verizon and AT&T are the subject of a Department of Justice investigation. According to the sources cited, officials are looking into whether the two carriers, as well as telecom standards organization GSMA, colluded to make it harder for customers to switch providers. The Justice Department hasn't confirmed the allegations at this time.

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T-Mobile gets $40 million fine for fake ring tones, connections

T-Mobile gets $40 million fine for fake ring tones, connections

Just because you hear the other line ringing doesn't necessarily mean the other line is actually ringing. Especially if the caller is on T-Mobile. It seems that the Un-carrier has been "faking it" when it comes to connecting calls in rural areas, using fake ring tones and connections to make it seem like they were connecting and just failing. That lie is now going to cost T-Mobile $40 million in fines and a whole lot more in criticisms.

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US hits ZTE with huge ban that has ominous Android implications

US hits ZTE with huge ban that has ominous Android implications

US companies have been banned from selling hardware and software to ZTE, after the Chinese company admitted to violating Iran and North Korea sanctions. The firm - which makes smartphones, telecoms hardware, and more - will no longer be able to purchase components from American manufacturers like Qualcomm and Intel, and it could put its current use of Android into jeopardy.

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Google’s loss in right to be forgotten case to set a precedent

Google’s loss in right to be forgotten case to set a precedent

Sometimes winning a court case isn't a complete victory, especially if the case wasn't dismissed outright. At the very least, it could set a legal precedent for more of the same cases. Naturally, the chances of that happening increase even more when you lose. That is the situation Google will find itself in soon in Europe after it lost what is considered to be a landmark "right to be forgotten" case in the UK.

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Samsung hit with patent lawsuit over Galaxy S biometrics tech

Samsung hit with patent lawsuit over Galaxy S biometrics tech

Encryption technology research firm PACid Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for allegedly infringing upon its biometric patents. The complaint was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court on April 6. In it, PACid claims Samsung has violated three of its patent, two of them filed in the United States and the third in South Korea. All three relate to data encryption.

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Your personal Facebook messages may also have been shared

Your personal Facebook messages may also have been shared

Facebook has quietly revealed that its huge data sharing snafu with Cambridge Analytica might have seen users personal messages shared with the firm, an unpleasant side-effect of its old third-party app settings. The social network finds itself under siege, with Mark Zuckerberg appearing in front of the US Congress today to explain exactly what went wrong and allowed data on millions of users to be so widely shared.

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Oregon net neutrality bill signed ahead of April 23 repeal

Oregon net neutrality bill signed ahead of April 23 repeal

Oregon has taken the latest step in its effort to maintain an open Internet. On Monday, Governor Kate Brown signed the state's net neutrality bill, which passed the Oregon House in February and was sent to Brown in early March. The bill prohibits state entities from doing business with Internet service providers that don't follow net neutrality principles.

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YouTube hit with FTC complaint over child privacy violations

YouTube hit with FTC complaint over child privacy violations

In no small thanks to Facebook's blunder, tech companies, especially the big ones, have come under increased scrutiny over their handling of user data. Considering how it makes much of its revenue from advertising, Google and its businesses are a prime target for such investigations. A coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups have lodged a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission against YouTube, alleging that the video streaming giant knowingly and willfully collects and profits from tracking kids, all without the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

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Apple hit with patent lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor

Apple hit with patent lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor

The Apple Watch, specifically its heart rate sensor technology, is at the center of the latest lawsuit targeting the company. Omni MedSci, a tech startup focused on "near-infrared and mid-infrared broadband lasers," filed a patent lawsuit against Apple on Friday, accusing them of infringing on several patents with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

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Backpage.com seized by feds under multi-agency enforcement action

Backpage.com seized by feds under multi-agency enforcement action

Multiple United States Federal government agencies have seized the classifieds website Backpage.com. Anyone who attempts to visit the website will see an alert stating that the domain and its affiliated websites have been seized. The shutdown was performed as part of an "enforcement action" that involved the US Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, and the IRS's Criminal Investigation Division. The Joint Regional Intelligence Center provided analytical assistance.

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BlackBerry sues Snap, says it violated half a dozen patents

BlackBerry sues Snap, says it violated half a dozen patents

Less than a month after going after Facebook over alleged copyright infringement, BlackBerry is back with another lawsuit, this time taking Snap to task. As with last month's lawsuit, BlackBerry has accused Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, of infringing upon some of its messaging patents, in this case half a dozen that were issued from 2012 to 2014. Two of those six patents are part of BlackBerry's legal action against Facebook.

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California bill proposal wants social networks to disclose bots

California bill proposal wants social networks to disclose bots

California has proposed legislation that, if passed, would require Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms to disclose bots to users. The system would have to ID the bots, alerting users to the non-human behind the post and the potential propaganda it may be spreading. The proposal follows Facebook's discovery of Russia propaganda on its platform, one mirrored later on by Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr.

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