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Jan 15, 2014

Apple reaches consent decree with U.S. over kids’ app purchases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children buying mobile apps without their parents’ consent.

Under the terms of the settlement, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure it obtains consent from consumers before charging for items sold in mobile apps.

Jan 14, 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court has struck down the government’s latest effort to require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, meaning mobile carriers and other broadband providers may reach agreements for faster access to specific content crossing their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rules, passed in late 2010, require internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally and give consumers equal access to all lawful content, a principle known as net neutrality.

Jan 13, 2014

US House Democrats request probe into Target card breach

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Democratic members of the
Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of
Representatives have called on the panel to investigate the
hacking of credit and debit card data belonging to millions of
customers of retailer Target Corp.

The request piggybacks on a similar move by Senate Democrats
on Friday as lawmakers respond to the massive breach at Target,
the No. 3 U.S. retailer, during the holiday shopping season,
which resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit
card records and 70 million other records containing customer
information.

Dec 24, 2013

In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and No. 2 cable service provider Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

Dec 24, 2013

Analysis: In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc and No. 2 cable service provider Time Warner Cable Inc.

Dec 17, 2013

FCC withdraws proposal to relax media ownership rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission has withdrawn a proposal to relax the ban on owning several media outlets in the same media market, an FCC official said on Tuesday.

For decades, U.S. media markets have operated under rules that prohibit one owner from controlling both a newspaper and a television or radio station in a single market.

Dec 13, 2013

U.S. carriers agree to new cellphone ‘unlocking’ policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for use on competitors’ networks, responding to pressure from consumer groups and the top U.S. communications regulator.

Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular agreed to “clearly notify” customers when their devices are eligible for unlocking and to process unlocking requests within two business days, said wireless industry group CTIA.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. transportation head joins debate on in-flight calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation waded into the fray on the use of cell phones during airplane flights on Thursday, saying that his department would consider whether such calls should be banned even as the telecommunications regulator looks at the issue from the technical side.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday said the department will review whether allowing phone calls during flights “is fair to consumers” as the Federal Communications Commission is poised to begin a review of technical rules to make such phone calls possible.

Dec 12, 2013

Wireless carriers, FCC agree on “unlocking” cellphones

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers will
make it easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for
use on a competitor’s network, Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday.

Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached
between the carriers and the agency, and details will be
presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. carriers, FCC reach accord on “unlocking” cellphones

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers will
make it easier for consumers to “unlock” their mobile phones for
use on a competitor’s network, Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday.

Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached
between the carriers and the agency, and details will be
presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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