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FTC loot boxes investigation

The FTC may be coming after video game loot boxes

November 28th, 2018

During a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing this week, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan grilled commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission about video game loot boxes — about how prevalent they are as well as the fact that stricter oversight of them might be needed. “Loot boxes are now endemic in the video game industry and …

Apple vs. Qualcomm

Judge fines Apple for withholding evidence in Qualcomm case

December 25th, 2017

Apple and Qualcomm are embroiled in an incredibly complex legal fight right now. They’re accusing each other of various patent infringements, but the primary battle is about royalties for the smartphone chips that allow the iPhone to connect to wireless networks. The Federal Trade Commission is suing Qualcomm in a separate but related case. The …

AT&T Refunds

AT&T customers will get an unexpected refund on their next bill

December 8th, 2016

Hell doesn’t appear to be freezing over and it’s definitely not April 1st, so I guess this story is actually true. More than 2.7 million AT&T customers will be getting refunds on their bill credits in the next two months, as the Federal Trade Commission settles an issue over AT&T billing for “premium text message …

Google Search and FTC Investigation

The true story of how Google got away with being ‘evil’

March 20th, 2015

In early 2013, Google dodged a major bullet in the U.S. as FTC commissioners looking into its Internet search practices voted unanimously not to pursue the antitrust investigation. But now it looks like The Wall Street Journal inadvertently discovered that Google actually may have been guilty of favoring its own services in search results, all while pressuring rivals in the process.

FTC on PC Malware Security Scams

FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam

November 20th, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida on Wednesday announced plans on fighting a type of online scam that cons unsuspecting PC users into paying up to hundreds of dollars for alleged security protection for their computers, which turns out to be fake software supposed to fix inexistent malware threats. Such businesses have fooled many …