Apple Antitrust Investigation

SK antitrust regulator is investigating Apple and it won’t say why

By on June 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

SK antitrust regulator is investigating Apple and it won’t say why

A report on Tuesday morning reveals that South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating some of Apple’s business practices in the region. Rumors emerged as recently as last week suggesting that an investigation would soon be underway, and the FTC’s head confirmed as much during a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday. For the time being, however, the FTC is not revealing exactly why Apple is being investigated. More →

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Google Project Loon Space Data

Google accused of stealing the tech behind its internet balloons

By on June 17, 2016 at 3:44 PM.

Google accused of stealing the tech behind its internet balloons

Google is facing accusations that it stole the technology behind one of its most intriguing moonshots, Project Loon. The project involves beaming internet down to remote areas from unmanned balloons circling the skies. A company called Space Data, which is also using balloons for the same purpose, filed a lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet, which alleges that Google execs violated a non-disclosure agreement and infringed two patents. More →

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Oracle Google Android Verdict

How Google’s big court win just made history

By on May 27, 2016 at 7:30 AM.

How Google’s big court win just made history

A jury found that Google’s use of the Java programming language in Android is legal, in a patent battle that lasted some six years. Oracle, which owns Java, argued that Google stole code to build a mobile operating system that ended up being the most popular smartphone OS in the world. Google prevailed over Oracle in 2012, but a year later a court found that software APIs can be copyrighted, which meant Oracle could revive its legal battle against Android.

Google didn’t just save Android with this win, avoiding a huge financial hit in the process – a win for Oracle could have forced Google to cough up as much as $9 billion. The victory is also important for future patent battles that cover copyrightable software. More →

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Hillary Clinton Email Scandal

Hillary Clinton email scandal may have compromised terrorism ops, former military adviser says

Hillary Clinton email scandal may have compromised terrorism ops, former military adviser says

By on May 26, 2016 at 12:26 PM.

A damning report from the State Department yesterday added new fuel to a fire that was already a problem for Hillary Clinton. Now, a former military adviser to the State Department has broken ranks, saying that Clinton’s “sloppy communications with her senior staff” may have compromised counter-terrorism operations.

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Facebook Trending Topic Manipulation

Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process. More →

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Facebook Trending Topics Changed

The U.S. Senate wants to know if Facebook has been messing with trending news

By on May 10, 2016 at 1:09 PM.

The U.S. Senate wants to know if Facebook has been messing with trending news

Yesterday, a Gizmodo report alleged that Facebook’s human curators had been manipulating the trending news section to kill conservative stories — allegations that Facebook carefully didn’t deny in a blandly worded response. Now, the US Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees communications and the internet, has asked for real answers.

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FBI Hair Analysis Evidence Trials

FBI admits to having submitted flawed hair analysis as trial evidence for decades

By on April 26, 2016 at 4:55 PM.

FBI admits to having submitted flawed hair analysis as trial evidence for decades

A disturbing new report shows that the FBI may have a severe hair problem on its hands, one it’s fully aware of – and acknowledging – and one that may have led to an unknown number of wrong convictions spanning decades. Apparently, FBI experts gave flawed testimony in criminal trials for a period of more than two decades, and the agency is just now trying to fix its mess. More →

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T-Mobile Lawsuit No Contract Fees

Lawsuit alleges T-Mobile is deceiving us about its ‘no-contract’ initiative

By on April 21, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Lawsuit alleges T-Mobile is deceiving us about its ‘no-contract’ initiative

T-Mobile loves to brand itself the “Un-carrier” but a new lawsuit alleges that it’s doing something very carrier-esque by charging customers sneaky early termination fees despite the fact that they never signed onto any service agreements. Per Top Class Actions, the suit is alleging that while “T-Mobile attracts customers by touting ‘no contract’ cell phone service plans without any hidden fees,” the company actually “has a practice of unlawfully seeking the entire amount under the device contract as immediately due” whenever a customer leaves T-Mobile early. More →

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Google Europe Antitrust

Should Android be illegal?

Should Android be illegal?

By on April 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Nothing in this world is free. Whether or not you pay for something with money, you always pay. Google has built a massive empire that revolves around this concept. Nearly all of the services it offers are “free,” from search and email to calendaring, mapping, productivity software and more. But none of those services are actually free — Google collects and analyzes all sorts of crucially important private data about its users in order to help profile them and serve them advertisements that are better targeted than any other ad platform in the world.

The Android platform is also “free” for Google’s vendor partners, but Google is not a charity. Its entire model revolves around a tradeoff: companies can use Android and have access to the Play Store for free so that Google’s various services are front and center among their users. Now, the European Union has charged Google in an antitrust case alleging that Google’s Android platform breaks the law. More →

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