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Apple to Buy AuthenTec for $356 Million

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Reuters reports that Apple will be acquiring AuthenTec for $356 million.AuthenTec Inc (AUTH.O), which makes fingerprint sensor chips used in personal computers, said it agreed to be bought by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for about $356 million.Reuters describes AuthenTec as a maker of fingerprint sensor chips. From their fact sheet, AuthenTec...
Apple to Buy AuthenTec for $356 Million

Latest TPP Round Locks Out Public Interest Groups Who Flew To New Zealand; Gives Them 15 Minutes Of Access

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The various government bodies negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been criticized repeatedly for their lack of transparency. In the last few negotiating meetings, they've tried to respond to this by arguing that they allowed public interest / civil society groups various ways to meet with and interact with...
Latest TPP Round Locks Out Public Interest Groups Who Flew To New Zealand; Gives Them 15 Minutes Of Access

Another Likely Physical Mockup of Next iPhone Offers a Realistic Look

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Gizmodo points to a newly-discovered product page from case manufacturer Shenzhen Coolzone Technology displaying what appears to be a high-quality physical mockup matching up with rumors and leaked parts for the next-generation "iPhone 5". Case manufacturers have become increasingly sophisticated with their physical mockups created for design and testing of...
Another Likely Physical Mockup of Next iPhone Offers a Realistic Look

Consumer groups encouraged by 'Consumer Bill of Rights'

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Consumer advocates say the Obama Administrations' Consumer Bill of Rights is a good first step, but they'll be keeping an eye on things to make sure it's implemented properly. [Read more]...
Consumer groups encouraged by 'Consumer Bill of Rights'

Belgian consumer group files complaint against Apple over AppleCare warranty practices

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Last year Apple agreed to comply with Italian regulators’ requests to alter AppleCare warranties in the country after being fined $1.2 million (and an additional $264,000) for “misleading consumers” regarding two-year warranties mandatory by EU law.  We expected to hear much more regarding AppleCare in other EU countries that also...
Belgian consumer group files complaint against Apple over AppleCare warranty practices

Content Providers and App Developers to Subsidize LTE/3G Bandwidth Costs?

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A story that is getting some traction this morning is a Wall Street Journal article about how quickly new iPad users are consuming their monthly bandwidth allotments over LTE. We covered this story on our iOS Blog. While the conclusion may seem an obvious, carriers are beginning to consider...
Content Providers and App Developers to Subsidize LTE/3G Bandwidth Costs?
German court rules Apple sharing customer data violates privacy laws

China Surpasses U.S. iOS and Android Activations For First Time

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Mobile analytics company Flurry reports that activation of new iOS and Android devices in China has surpassed the U.S. for the first time. February, Flurry calculated that China surpassed the United States in monthly new iOS and Android device activations for the first time in history. China is now the...
China Surpasses U.S. iOS and Android Activations For First Time

Smartphone games with costly in-app add-ons prompt OFT scrutiny

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Reports of children running up bills for hundreds of pounds by clicking through to paid-for content sparks investigationFree iPad and smartphone games which can result in children running up hefty bills for their parents through expensive in-game features are to come under scrutiny from the Office of Fair Trading.More than...
Smartphone games with costly in-app add-ons prompt OFT scrutiny

Privacy watchdogs aren't happy about Facebook's site changes

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After the social network announced that it might abolish users' voting privileges on site governance, consumer groups say the company is violating its settlement agreement with the FTC. [Read more]...
Privacy watchdogs aren't happy about Facebook's site changes

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'

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Tech giants support Obama administration's plan to issue voluntary guidelines and commit to 'Do Not Track' technologyGoogle, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL say they will sign up to a "consumer privacy bill of rights", announced on Thursday by the Obama administration in a move that would bring US law closer to...
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'

Facebook Gets Privacy Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

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If Facebook does not stop providing personal data to third-party app makers before next Monday, it could face legal action....
Facebook Gets Privacy Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

Apple Facing Potential Suspension of Italian Sales Amid Warranty Concerns

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Late last year, Apple was fined $1.2 million by Italian regulators over warranty-related issues, with Apple being cited for not adequately disclosing standard two-year warranties required to be offered with new products sold in the country. Following the ruling, Apple temporarily added disclosures to its Italian online store even as...
Apple Facing Potential Suspension of Italian Sales Amid Warranty Concerns

Hardly surprising: Privacy groups give amended cybersecurity bill a thumbs down

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Yesterday TNW brought you the news that the Secure IT Act, one of the leading cybersecurity bills in the US Senate, had been revamped to, in theory, address the concerns of privacy advocates and consumer groups. TNW was skeptical that the changes would settle those issues. Essentially, the changes to...
Hardly surprising: Privacy groups give amended cybersecurity bill a thumbs down

OS X Mountain Lion Downloaded 3 Million Times in Four Days

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Apple has announced that OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) downloads have exceeded three million in four days, "making it the most successful OS X release in Apple's history"."Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four...
OS X Mountain Lion Downloaded 3 Million Times in Four Days

Early iPhone Prototype Resembles Latest iPhone 5 Part Leaks

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As we've noted, The Verge has come across a number of photos of iPhone prototypes in court documents. One of the early prototypes images seemed particularly familiar to us. The two-tone design with a central aluminum backing looks like an early version of the rumored next-generation iPhone. On the right...
Early iPhone Prototype Resembles Latest iPhone 5 Part Leaks

Users Rip AT&T Data Curbs

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Wireless carriers are getting increasingly forceful in their efforts to pitch mobile bandwidth as a scarce, valuable commodity — setting up a battle with consumer groups that support open-Internet rules and longtime customers who treasure their unlimited data plans. Among U.S. carriers, AT&T Inc. is leading the charge. Its latest...
Users Rip AT&T Data Curbs

Consumers are more likely to buy products from their mobile phones than a PC, SAY Media study suggests

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A research study published today by digital publisher SAY Media has found that more people are using their mobile phones to purchase goods than ever before. According to the report, six out of ten people who own a mobile device use it to research products, while an additional 44 percent...
Consumers are more likely to buy products from their mobile phones than a PC, SAY Media study suggests
The technical and legal realities of Comcast’s Xbox cap spat

Government announces biggest energy reforms in 20 years

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The draft energy bill plans major changes to the market, causing concern that consumers' bills could rise and renewable energy is being neglectedThe biggest reforms to the UK energy sector in two decades were set out on Tuesday, prompting warnings from consumer groups and green campaigners that they would raise...
Government announces biggest energy reforms in 20 years

Apple Still Fighting for Smaller SIM Card Standard for Future iPhones

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Current micro-SIM (bottom right) punched out of a full-size SIM card (top right) The Financial Times reports that Apple is up against rival smartphone makers over the next industry standard for miniaturized SIM cards. (via Engadget). In May 2011, we reported that Apple had submitted a proposal for a...
Apple Still Fighting for Smaller SIM Card Standard for Future iPhones

OS X Mountain Lion Already Accounting for 3% of Mac Traffic

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AllThingsD reports that just over 48 hours after launch, OS X Mountain Lion is already accounting for over 3% of web traffic coming from the Mac platform. The data, which comes from analytics firm Chitika, shows that Mountain Lion's share has risen quickly from roughly 0.25% prior to the public...
OS X Mountain Lion Already Accounting for 3% of Mac Traffic

FCC Approves New Rules for Cellphone Signal Boosting Devices

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After years of long, sometimes tense negotiations, federal regulators today approved new rules for devices, known as boosters, that improve cellphone signals. The rub is that the devices operate in the same band of spectrum licensed to the carriers whose signal they are trying to boost. While carriers don’t oppose...
FCC Approves New Rules for Cellphone Signal Boosting Devices

Rumors: Sprint plans to offer TEP coverage for iPhone; Verizon leak hints at shared data plans

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Sprint plans to offer its Total Equipment Protection coverage for the iPhone. SprintFeed received a tip that iPhone users who decided against AppleCare+ may have a second option through the carrier’s alternative insurance program. Sprint device owners can now pay an $8 monthly premium for TEP insurance that covers...
Rumors: Sprint plans to offer TEP coverage for iPhone; Verizon leak hints at shared data plans
Consumer groups in 10 more EU countries seeking alterations to AppleCare

EE announces 4G tariff details

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Orange and T-Mobile customers will pay between £36 and £56 for a two-year contract, depending on data usageOrange and T-Mobile customers wishing to use the new ultra-fast 4G mobile phone service will have to fork out as much as £56 a month for the privilege.4G, to be launched in the...
EE announces 4G tariff details

Group plans disruptive protest tomorrow at Apple’s Grand Central Store over Foxconn conditions

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Looks like Apple won’t be getting away easily this time as a petition over unethical working conditions at Foxconn factories blew up, turning into a real-world protest over Apple’s labor practices. Consumer groups SumOfUs and Change.org previously said that over 35,000 people signed their “Stop Worker Abuse” online petition...
Group plans disruptive protest tomorrow at Apple’s Grand Central Store over Foxconn conditions

FCC outlines $15B spectrum flip from TV broadcast to mobile

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At its open meeting on Friday, the Federal Communications Commission unveiled its proposal for transferring a big hunk of the TV airwaves from the hands of broadcasters into the waiting arms of mobile carriers. The commission voted 5-0 to kick off the rule-making process for an incentive auction that would...
FCC outlines $15B spectrum flip from TV broadcast to mobile

Letters: Government data-sharing and the blacklisting of union members

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One of the guiding principles of this government is the restoration of civil liberties and rolling back the intrusive state; that is why one of our first legislative acts was to scrap ID cards. So it is wrong to say our proposals are similar to the previous government's abandoned "database...
Letters: Government data-sharing and the blacklisting of union members

Apple and Google Lead Separate Groups in Bidding for Kodak Patents

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Google and Apple are once again going head to head in bidding for a major collection of patents owned by a bankrupt corporation. According to The Wall Street Journal, two consortiums have formed to bid for the patents owned by camera giant Kodak, which is currently in bankruptcy. Apple, Microsoft,...
Apple and Google Lead Separate Groups in Bidding for Kodak Patents
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