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Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

Judge Rejects Settlement over Tech Hiring Practices

August 11, 2014 8:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The settlement would have been paid by Apple, Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc....

WTO Accuses China of "Rare Earths' Violations

August 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China has about one-third of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90...

LinkedIn Settles on $6M in Unpaid Wages, Damages

August 5, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor said an investigation found LinkedIn Corp. in violation of overtime...

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China Pursues Monopoly Investigation of Microsoft

July 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after complaints Microsoft improperly failed to publish all documentation for its Windows operating system and Office software. It said investigators visited Microsoft's China headquarters in Beijing and branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in southwestern China this week.

Obama Applauds Passage of Unlocking Bill

July 28, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a statement, Obama said the White House had laid out steps that the FCC, industry, and Congress should take to ensure copyright law does not undermine wireless competition, and worked with wireless carriers to reach a voluntary agreement that helps restore consumers' rights to unlock their phones. 

Report: China Concludes Qualcomm Is A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China is the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile phones and other wireless devices. The communist government has complained about the high cost of licenses for foreign technology. It has tried to reduce dependence on foreign know-how by investing billions of dollars to develop its own phone, encryption and other technology.

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Samsung Investigates China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

China Labor Watch said children as well as minors under 18 worked at Shinyang for three to six months to meet production targets during a period of high demand. The watchdog said the child workers were paid for 10 hours a day but worked 11 hours.

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Kids

July 10, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. The FTC is seeking refunds for consumers and is looking to permanently stop Amazon from billing account holders for purchases made without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30 percent of all revenue from in-app purchases.

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Unlocking Bill

July 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and their cosponsors last year brought out the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act as a response to revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Teen Dies in Pursuit of iPhone Thief

July 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Krysta Fauria, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

Samsung Accused of Child Labor Violations in China

July 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The New York-based labor watchdog said children were hired during a busy production period, worked for 11 hours a day without overtime pay and without social insurance. They usually left employment after three to six months when demand from Samsung declined, but without any severance pay.

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Verizon Received 150K Information Requests in 1H of 2014

July 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In Verizon's transparency report covering the timeframe from January 1 to June 31, Verizon said the information was only released in the event of a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury.

Thieves in Brazil Target Samsung Factory

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil police in Sao Paulo state. They stole the workers' ID tags and took two of them with them as hostages as they entered the factory in the college town of Campinas. The remaining six employees were taken to an unknown location.

Legere: FTC Unfairly Targeted T-Mobile with SMS Charges

July 7, 2014 8:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Legere went on to deny that T-Mobile was participating in any kind of "cramming" practices. He acknowledged that all of the larger U.S. carriers engaged in billing for third-party premium texting services from a period between 2009 and 2013. However, he claimed that T-Mobile had made the decision to terminate those services in November of 2013. 

Privacy Board Rules NSA Methods Consitutional

July 2, 2014 9:12 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

In a report released Tuesday night, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, appointed by President Barack Obama, largely endorsed a set of NSA surveillance programs that have provoked worldwide controversy since they were disclosed last year by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden.

T-Mobile: FTC Charges 'Unfounded and Without Merit'

July 1, 2014 6:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action,” Legere wrote. “We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.”

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Police Ready to Follow Supreme Court Rules on Cell Phone Searches

June 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Los Angeles to New York, and in San Diego, Chicago and Houston, officials met to discuss Wednesday's unanimous ruling that could make it harder for officers to quickly find incriminating evidence. The ruling prohibits law enforcement from searching an arrestee's cellphone without a warrant unless a person's safety or life may be in danger.

'Get a Warrant' to Search Cell Phones, Justices Say

June 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest, Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court. Because the phones contain so much information, police must get a warrant before looking through them, Roberts said.

EU Investigating Apple's Tax Dodge

June 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

EU antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Wednesday a preliminary probe by his office has found the arrangements are improper, though the companies as well as the countries involved — Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — must be given a chance to respond.

Vodafone Reveals Extent of Government Cellphone Snooping

June 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report itself reflects the concern now being raised regarding privacy rights around the world. Though Vodafone is a global company, it consists of separate subsidiaries, all of which are subject to domestic laws of the countries in which it operates.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over NSA Cellphone Data

June 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday that under current U.S. Supreme Court precedents, the NSA's collection of cellphone data doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Anna J. Smith of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Spokesman-Review reports that her lawyers plan to appeal.

Court Sides with U.S. in Cell-Tracking Records Case

May 12, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

FTC Slaps Snapchat with 20 Years of Monitoring

May 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As part of the settlement, Snapchat must implement a privacy program that will be monitored by an outside privacy expert for the next 20 years. The arrangement is similar to privacy settlements that Google, Facebook and Myspace have agreed to in recent years.

FCC Fines Company $2.9M for Robocalls to Cell Phones

May 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Back in March, the Bureau warned Dialing Services that if the company continued to make unlawful robocalls in the future, it could be held liable for penalties up to $16,000 per call. The Commission has now found that Dialing Services apparently continued to engage in the same practice, making at least 184 additional robocalls to consumers’ mobile phones.  

Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

Law Firm Alleges Google Has Monopoly on Mobile Search

May 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of having monopolized mobile search. In a press release, Hagens Berman said it is claiming Google "illegally monopolized, and financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search."

Police Employ New Mobile Tool to Catch Riot Instigators

May 2, 2014 10:04 am | by Tami Adbollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers.

Justices Wary of Unlimited Cellphone Searches

April 30, 2014 9:01 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology. The justices appeared ready to reject the Obama administration's argument that police should be able to make such searches without first getting warrants.

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