AT&T Unlimited Data FTC

The FTC’s latest ruling should send a chill down AT&T’s spine

By on January 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

The FTC’s latest ruling should send a chill down AT&T’s spine

Is your “unlimited” mobile data really unlimited if your carrier throttles it down to slower speeds at certain times? Per Re/code, the Federal Trade Commission this week ordered prepaid mobile carrier TracFone to pay $40 million for throttling its customers’ data connections despite the fact that they had signed up for “unlimited” data plans. However, it’s the FTC’s rationale for why TracFone should pay up that really ought to make larger carriers like AT&T worry. More →

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Police Officer Stole Naked Pictures

Police officer who stole naked pictures from a perp’s phone isn’t going to jail

By on January 28, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

Police officer who stole naked pictures from a perp’s phone isn’t going to jail

It might not come as much of a surprise, but another police officer has been convicted of wrongdoing.

Ars Technica reports that Sean Harrington, a former California Highway Patrolman (who has since resigned from the force), pleaded no contest after being charged with criminal felony charges for stealing and distributing naked photos from two arrested citizens’ phones. He will not serve any jail time. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast accused of illegally pulling credit reports despite being explicitly told ‘no’

By on January 15, 2015 at 11:46 AM.

Comcast accused of illegally pulling credit reports despite being explicitly told ‘no’

Another day, another unhappy Comcast customer. The International Business Times reports that Chicago resident and Comcast subscriber Keith Santangelo has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that it ran an unauthorized credit check on him despite the fact that he paid the company a $50 fee to waive the check and that he explicitly told the company he didn’t want them to pull his credit report. More →

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Body Cameras Police Killing

Cops face murder charges after body cams record them killing a mentally ill homeless man

By on January 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM.

Cops face murder charges after body cams record them killing a mentally ill homeless man

Following a number of widely publicised police incidents that were followed by public uproar, there is currently a hot debate surrounding the use of body cams by law enforcement. The general stance of people arguing for the use of body-mounted cameras by police officers is that if cops aren’t doing anything wrong, they shouldn’t have to worry about their actions being recorded.

Now, video footage recorded by body cameras is directly responsible for charges being filed against two Albuquerque, New Mexico police officers in the killing of a mentally ill homeless man. More →

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Apple Patent Lawsuit

Apple finally files a lawsuit against a company other than Samsung

By on January 14, 2015 at 9:20 AM.

Apple finally files a lawsuit against a company other than Samsung

Apple and Samsung’s long, drawn-out patent battle was the talk of tech for several years, and now things have finally begun to die down since both companies realized the legal costs of the suits far outweighed the benefits. Apple isn’t quite done with patent-related court battles, however, and on Wednesday it filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern District of California.

But this time, Samsung isn’t the target of Apple’s suit. More →

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Nancy Grace Vs. 2 Chainz Pot

Video: Nancy Grace gets humiliated by 2 Chainz in a debate on legalizing pot

By on January 14, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Video: Nancy Grace gets humiliated by 2 Chainz in a debate on legalizing pot

No one will ever accuse rapper 2 Chainz of being a presidential-level debater. That said, he didn’t have to be when he went up against Nancy Grace in a debate on legalizing pot this week because Grace did just about the worst job advocating against pot legalization that we’ve ever seen. And yes, her arguments were so bad that we have a hard time really believing she once had a successful career as a prosecutor. More →

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iPhone 6 Smuggling China

Chinese smuggler gets busted with an insane 94 iPhone 6’s strapped to his body

By on January 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Chinese smuggler gets busted with an insane 94 iPhone 6’s strapped to his body

Selling the iPhone 6 illegally in China can make you big bucks, which is why smugglers are willing to go to insane lengths to bring ill-gotten iPhones into the country. The Verge directs our attention to a new report from Sina News about a man in China who got busted trying to sneak 94 iPhone 6 units into the country by strapping them all to his body. More →

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U.S. hits North Korea with huge new sanctions in response to Sony hack

By on January 2, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

U.S. hits North Korea with huge new sanctions in response to Sony hack

The United States just struck back against North Korea for its alleged role in the hack of Sony Pictures. In official statement released on Friday, U.S. president Barack Obama said he was signing an executive order authorizing stiff sanctions against North Korea for its “ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.” More →

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Facebook Messenger Scanned Messages

Class action suit takes Facebook to court over the scanning of private messages

By on December 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

Class action suit takes Facebook to court over the scanning of private messages

Facebook is again accused of violating the privacy of its users, Reuters reports, in a new class action suit that alleges the social network has been scanning the private messages sent by users in order to better target them with advertisements. More →

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T-Mobile Cramming Settlement $90 Million

T-Mobile forks over $90 million to settle ‘unfounded’ cramming charges

By on December 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

T-Mobile forks over $90 million to settle ‘unfounded’ cramming charges

Remember how indignant T-Mobile got when it was accused by the Federal Trade Commission of profiting from scams against its customers? Well now T-Mobile has agreed to fork over $90 million to settle the FTC’s charges, which it said were “unfounded and without merit” earlier this year. As part of the settlement, T-Mobile will have to provide full refunds to any affected customers. More →

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Obama Reddit Ask Me Anything

Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film

By on December 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film

President Barack Obama on Friday had tough words not only for North Korea — which earlier in the day had been named by the FBI as the chief culprit in the massive hack of Sony Pictures — but also for Sony itself. In particular, Obama said that he thinks Sony “made a mistake” by pulling the film from theaters in response to threats it had received from hackers tied to the North Korean government. More →

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Canada vs. Apple: iPhone

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

By on December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau. More →

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