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FCC Fines Marriott $US600,000 For Blocking Guests' Wi-Fi

The FCC wants the Marriott hotel chain to pay up for its slimy practice of blocking and disabling conference guests’ personal Wi-Fi connections. Marriott is accused of jamming personal connections at its Gaylord Opryland location in Nashville, Tennessee.


FTC: Amazon Billed Parents Millions For Kids' Unauthorised App Buys

The Federal Trade Commission in the US has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, demanding refunds for parents billed for millions of dollars in app purchases. The FTC alleges that Amazon profited from charging parents for unauthorised in-app purchases their children made.


Who Should Really Decide Net Neutrality's Fate?

Tim Wu, the guy who coined the phrase “net neutrality”, went nose-to-nose with the House Judiciary subcommittee on Friday morning to fight for the future of the internet. Congress wants to know if somebody other than the FCC should decide the fate of net neutrality. Wu, for one, thinks that’s a pretty silly idea.



US Authorities (Finally) Going After Patent Trolls

Well, look who finally showed up to the patent party! The US Federal Trade Commission announced on Friday that it has opened an inquiry into “patent assertion entities”, a.k.a. patent trolls. Start popping some popcorn, folks. This could get good.


Google Pulls Out Of Its Motorola Patent Push

Patent wars are still raging in plenty of parts of the tech world, but today there’s something of a ceasefire between Google and Microsoft. Google has just filed with the ITC to stop attempts to prevent Microsoft from using certain compression techniques with the Xbox 360.


How The FTC Screwed Up The Google Investigation

The US Federal Trade Commission’s reported closing of its Google search bias investigation, with no real enforceable settlement mechanism and a special new self-enforcement antitrust precedent apparently only available to Google, raises serious questions about the integrity of the FTC’s law enforcement process and whether the FTC accords Google with special treatment not available to other companies.


US Government Slaps Google Again

The FTC just announced a settlement with Google, which the commission had been investigating for illegal, anti-competitive behaviour. And it’s mostly good news for everyone except Google: less patent warfare, less search engine bullying.


SpongeBob Removed From App Store Over Privacy Concerns

If you were hoping to keep the kids quiet over the holidays with a SpongeBob game, you’re all outta luck. Nickelodeon has had to pull SpongeBob Diner Dash from the Apple App Store over complaints that it violates children’s online privacy rights.


US Judge Approves FTC's Largest Ever Fine, To Be Paid By Google

Nine months on from the Wall Street Journal spotting a massive Google privacy issue — namely, that it was circumventing cookie privacy settings in Safari — the search giant’s fate is now sealed. A judge has approved the FTC’s largest ever fine, in the process rejecting appeals from a consumer-rights group that the sum should be higher, which means Google is set to pony up a cool $US22.5 million.