• BeautifulPeople.com At Risk Of Revealing User Info
    After suffering a data leak, last year, BeautifulPeople.com might be held responsible for exposing the personal information of more than 1 million members. At the time, the dating site said it fixed the problem, Forbes reports. “But the information … was taken by one or more less-than-scrupulous individuals before the lockdown, making it out into the dirty world of data trading this year.”
  • DOJ Obtains iPhone Password, Drops Request For Order Against Apple
    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have dropped their request that a judge order Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by a convicted drug dealer. The prosecutors said in a letter to the judge that they obtained the passcode to the device.
  • Data Caps Discourage Cord-Cutting
    Consumers say they're dialing back on over-the-top services due to new data caps imposed by Comcast and other home broadband providers. The FCC received almost 8,000 complaints about data caps in the last six months of 2015, up from just 863 in the first half of the year.
  • Comcast Will Let Subscribers Access Xfinity TV Without A Cable Box
    Comcast says it will let Roku, Samsung and other smart TVs and streaming video boxes delivery Xfinity TV to subscribers through an app. Comcast says the new app shows the FCC's proposal to unlock the cable box is unnecessary. "The FCC's proposed set-top box mandate threatens to undermine this highly-dynamic marketplace, create substantial costs and consumer harms, and will take years to develop -- only to be likely outdated by the time it reaches the marketplace -- all in an effort to achieve what apps are already delivering for consumers," Comcast senior vice president Mark Hess wrote in a blog …
  • AdBlade Allowed To Proceed With Case Against RevContent
    Native ad company AdBlade can proceed with a lawsuit against rival RevContent, a federal judge in New Jersey has ruled. AdBlade's complaint "details alleged problems with the implementation of three native advertising campaigns associated with RevContent," law professor Eric Goldman writes on Technology & Marketing Law Blog. "AdBlade believes it’s losing customers to RevContent due to price competition that may be assisted by false advertising."
  • Google Charged With Hurting Competitors In EU
    European antitrust regulators accused Google of violating antitrust law by requiring manufacturers to install its search engine and browser on Android devices. "We believe that Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players," European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated. Google has 12 weeks to respond to the charges.
  • Ashley Madison Users Must Disclose Real Names To Proceed With Privacy Case
    People who want to serve as class representatives in a potential class-action lawsuit against Ashley Madison for failing to protect their personal data must proceed under their real names, a judge as ruled. The decision affects people who want to serve as so-called "lead plaintiffs," and not the individuals who would make up the class. Lead plaintiffs typically recover more money damages than other consumers in class-action settlements.
  • Google Disappoints Many EU Residents Who Want Information Deleted
    In the two years since Europe's highest court said residents have the to right to ask Google to delete links about them, the company has considered 572 such requests a day. It has approved less than half of them. Now, people who unsuccessfully asked for deletions say they're frustrated by a lack of information about how the decisions were made.
  • News Corp. Brings Antitrust Complaint Against Google In EU
    News Corp. has filed a new antitrust complaint against Google for allegedly displaying news snippets in the search results. News Corp., which owns the Times of London and the Sun, says Google shows so much material in the snippets that users don't click through to the original sites.
  • EU Preps Antitrust Charges Against Google
    European regulators are preparing to accuse Google of unfairly promoting its own apps in licensing deals with manufacturers of Android phones, Reuters reports. "Our concern is that by requiring phone makers and operators to pre-load a set of Google apps, rather than letting them decide for themselves which apps to load, Google might have cut off one of the main ways that new apps can reach customers," EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said Monday.
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