US wireless carriers perform are performing worse than carriers in other countries, according to a new study by Apteligent STL Partners. The report says the five highest performing networks are in the France and the UK; the lowest are in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States. The report measured mobile ISPs on error rate, latency consistency, download speed and average latency.
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether PayPal's Venmo service engaged in deceptive or unfair practices, the company revealed in a quarterly earnings report. PayPal acquired Venmo in 2009. The company allows users to send payments to each other online.
The Supreme Court has approved a rule change that will let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located within any jurisdiction. “U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress,” Reuters reports. The ruling came “despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.”
Two car accident victims have sued Snapchat for offering a filter that lets users record their speeds. The victims say they were hit by an 18-year-old driver who was driving 113 miles per hour, while using Snapchat's filter.
Google launched its 1 GB fiber service in Nashville this week, though it's only available in four apartment buildings and condos at present. Residents can purchase a 100 Mbps connection for $50 a month, or a 1 GB connection for $70. Phone service for an extra $10 a month will be available in Nashville.
A federal court has found Amazon responsible for billing parents for their kids’ in-app purchases. “The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) first lodged the case against Amazon back in July 2014, after the government agency had already reached settlements with both Apple and Google over the exact same issue,” Venture Beat reports. “There has yet to be a full ruling on how much Amazon will have to refund.”
Photography company Getty Images says in a complaint filed in Europe that Google encourages piracy by scraping images from other sites. The complaint alleges that Google harms Getty's licensing business and content creators.
Time Warner Cable's decision to impose data caps in some customers, combined with its move to charge Netflix extra fees to interconnect directly with servers, paved the way for regulators to approve its acquisition by Charter. "Charter seized on the differences between itself and TWC while arguing its case and suggested some of the merger conditions that ended up forming the basis of the DOJ's and FCC's final proposals," Ars Technica writes.
The state of New Hampshire doesn't have the right to stop people from posting photos of their completed voting ballots to social media platform, Snapchat argues in new court papers filed last week with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. The company is siding with a New Hampshire resident, who argues that the state's 2014 ban on ballot selfies violates his free speech rights. New Hampshire officials say the law will help prevent vote buying.
Mobile apps released by campaigns of GOP presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and John Kasich may be "leaking" users' data, according to an analysis by Symantec. The software company says that "Cruz Crew" allows third parties to access phone's unique identifiers and other information, including location data.