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FTC may investigate Google in antitrust case

April 6th, 2011

Google’s plan to acquire ITA Software may result in an antitrust probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), two sources speaking to Bloomberg said Tuesday. The FTC is currently waiting for the Justice Department to render a decision on whether or not the acquisition will stifle competition among firms competing for clicks in the …

Huawei asks for government investigation; wants to sell telecom equipment in U.S.

February 25th, 2011

Looking to assuage the previously expressed concerns of some lawmakers, Chinese telecom juggernaut Huawei is asking for a formal U.S. government investigation into its businesses. Huawei is looking to sell its equipment to United States companies, but has been met by heavy political headwinds. Our company is asking for this investigation “in an effort to reach a …

FCC calls for Verizon probe into thousands of dropped 9-1-1 calls

February 22nd, 2011

In a letter sent last Thursday to the nation’s top wireless carrier, the Federal Communications Commission is calling for an investigation into thousands of dropped emergency calls placed during a blizzard in late January. Approximately 10,000 emergency 9-1-1 calls placed on the Verizon Wireless network in Maryland were dropped, the FCC says. The calls were made on January …

Windows Phone 7 data hog bug identified by Microsoft; fix in the works

January 19th, 2011

Last week, BGR reported on a bug within the Windows Phone 7 operating system that resulted in superfluous data being uploaded over 3G networks. The bug was causing some Windows Phone owners to quickly reach or surpass their monthly data allotments. According to a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson, the company believes it has identified …

Microsoft investigates superfluous data transmissions in Windows Phone 7

January 10th, 2011

Following several reports of Windows Phone 7 devices sporadically transmitting “huge chunks” of seemingly superfluous data via 3G, Microsoft told the BBC that it is investigating the matter. The reports originated on a Windows enthusiast site where a reader claimed her phone was sending a large amount of data unbeknownst to her. She discovered the issue when …

EU to investigate Google for anticompetitive advertising practices

November 30th, 2010

Bloomberg is reporting that European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to launch an investigation aimed at concluding whether or not search giant Google “imposes exclusivity obligations on advertising partners.” Several companies, including Microsoft, are claiming that Google is preventing said partner-sites from placing ads for “competing services” on their websites. Foundem, a U.K. based price-comparison site, said Google …

Eight U.S. senators call for investigation of Huawei equipment sale to Sprint

August 19th, 2010

The Washington Post is reporting that eight Republican U.S. senators are trying to block the sale of telecommunications equipment from Chinese manufacturer Huawei to U.S. wireless provider Sprint Nextel. The group, led by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, is asking the Obama administration to investigate if the country’s national security will be compromised by the equipment. In a statement, …

Samsung investigates high cancer rates at chipmaking plants

April 15th, 2010

Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of flash memory chips, announced today it is launching an independent investigation into high rates of cancer amongst its employees. From 1998 to 2010, some 22 employees who assembled flash memory chips were diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma, with 10 of the workers eventually succumbing to the disease. An investigation led …

FCC unsatisfied and troubled by Verizon Wireless' response regarding its ETF and $1.99 phantom data fee

December 25th, 2009

In a scathing one page response, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn cut Verizon Wireless to its knees by saying the answers the wireless carrier provided in response to the FCC’s investigation were “unsatisfying and, in some cases, troubling.” The commissioner chided Verizon for the fluctuating rationale behind its early termination fee, which has been expanded to …

FCC opens investigation into Apple's rejection of Google Voice apps

July 31st, 2009

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FCC has begun investigating Apple’s rejection of Google’s official Google Voice application and the subsequent removal of similar third-party apps from the App Store. You know the story by now — Google submitted the app, it was rejected, third-party GV apps were then pulled, everyone was pissed, …