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WhatsApp is freezing new access to its developer platform as it looks to prevent another Cambridge Analytica (FB)

WhatsApp is conducting an "audit" of some of the third-party developers with access to its business tools. The company is reviewing which companies can access its programming interface used to help send messages from brands and businesses to users. While the review is ongoing, some developers and businesses are unable to join WhatsApp's developer platform or add new clients, while others are unaffected. WhatsApp's API requires developers and brands to go through a hand-picked group of intermed...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Microsoft Office, Signal, Twilio, Ftc, BSP, US Federal Trade Commission FTC, Rob Price, Cambridge Analytica, Cambridge Analytica FB, Whatsapp Business Api, Contact Business Insider


TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption


Twitter expands conversation limits feature to all users

Twitter has expanded its conversation limits feature to everyone, the company announced Tuesday. The limits allow Twitter users on the web version of the service or the mobile apps to restrict people from replying to their tweets, specifically people they don’t follow, or people who they have not mentioned in a tweet. “People tell us they feel more comfortable Tweeting [with the feature] and more protected from spam and abuse,” Director of Product Management Suzanne Xie said. Twitter started tes...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Privacy, US, Social Media, Ftc, Xie, Suzanne Xie


Appeals judges toss out FTC win: What Qualcomm did to its rivals was 'hypercompetitive, not anticompetitive'

Chip designer ruled not a monopolistic strangler An appeals court has reversed an earlier ruling that Qualcomm broke America's antitrust laws, dealing a blow to the FTC, which brought the case.…
Tags: America, Software, Qualcomm, Ftc


Here's everything we know about TikTok's future in the US — and everything we don't

TikTok is facing a full-scale attack from the Trump administration attempting to threaten the its future in the US over claims that the app poses a national-security risk through its Chinese parent company ByteDance. ByteDance is entertaining TikTok acquisition talks with US tech companies to assuage concerns from the president. Microsoft is the favorite, and a potential deal is valued between $10 billion and $30 billion. Trump recently issued an executive order to ban "any transactions" betwe...
Tags: Microsoft, China, Singapore, US, Trends, United States, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Npr, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Trump, State, Committee on Foreign Investment


Qualcomm Wins Appeal in FTC Antitrust Lawsuit

Qualcomm today scored a major victory in its ongoing antitrust battle with the FTC, winning an appeal that will prevent the San Diego company from having to renegotiate its licensing agreements with smartphone makers. Back in May 2019, the Federal Trade Commission won an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, with the court ruling that Qualcomm's "no license, no chips" model that allowed Qualcomm to refuse to provide chips to companies without a patent license, violated federal antitrust laws. T...
Tags: Apple, Bloomberg, Intel, San Diego, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm Wins Appeal


Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reviewing some businesses with access to its developer platform amid complaints its closed-off model hinders new customers (FB)

WhatsApp is conducting an "audit" of some of the third-party developers with access to its business tools. The company is reviewing which companies can access its progamming interface used to help send messages from brands and businesses to users. While the review is ongoing, some developers and businesses are unable to join WhatsApp's developer platform or add new clients, while others are unaffected. WhatsApp's API requires developers and brands to go through a hand-picked group of intermedi...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Microsoft Office, Ufc, Signal, Twilio, Ftc, BSP, US Federal Trade Commission FTC, Rob Price, Cambridge Analytica, Whatsapp Business Api, Contact Business Insider, Swayze Valentine


$1 dispute over car purchase price sparks 2-year legal battle between auto dealership, Army soldier

Army Maj. Edward Kim has braved mortars, rockets and ambushes from insurgents on some of the bloodiest battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now safely back on U.S. soil, Kim is fighting a different kind of war in a staid Los Angeles County courtroom. His enemy is Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in Cerritos, a massive auto dealership that, according to the federal government, has a history of deceptive advertising practices. At the heart of competing lawsuits between Norm Reeves and Kim is a disput...
Tags: South Korea, News, California, Iraq, Cars, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Afghanistan, Automotive, Soccer, Military, Army, Volkswagen, Kim, Lending


$1 dispute over car purchase price sparks 2-year legal battle between auto dealership, Army solider

Army Maj. Edward Kim has braved mortars, rockets and ambushes from insurgents on some of the bloodiest battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now safely back on U.S. soil, Kim is fighting a different kind of war in a staid Los Angeles County courtroom. His enemy is Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in Cerritos, a massive auto dealership that, according to the federal government, has a history of deceptive advertising practices. At the heart of competing lawsuits between Norm Reeves and Kim is a disput...
Tags: South Korea, News, California, Iraq, Cars, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Afghanistan, Automotive, Soccer, Military, Army, Volkswagen, Kim, Lending


United States: FTC Sues Paint Companies Over Energy-Saving Claims - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

The Federal Trade Commission sued four paint companies, alleging that they made deceptive claims about their products' insulation and energy-saving capabilities.
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Selz, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein


Apple goes to war with the gaming industry

Most gamers may not view Apple as a games company to the same degree that they see Sony with PlayStation or Microsoft with Xbox, but the iPhone-maker continues to uniformly drive the industry with decisions made in the Apple App Store. The company made the news a couple times late this week for App Store approvals. Once for denying a gaming app, and the other for approving one. The denial was Microsoft’s xCloud gaming app, something the Xbox folks weren’t too psyched about. Microsoft xC...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, TC, Gaming, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Ceo, Smartphones, Software, Itunes, Tim Cook


FTC Commissioners Are Upset About Section 230; Though It's Not At All Clear Why (techdirt)

Another day, another bunch of nonsense about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Senate Commerce Committee held an FTC oversight hearing yesterday, with all five commissioners attending via video conference (kudos to Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter who attended with her baby strapped to her -- setting a great example for so many working parents who are struggling with working from home while also having to manage childcare duties!). Section 230 came up a few times, though I'm perpl...
Tags: Facebook, News, Fcc, Congress, Ebay, Senate, Doj, Committee, Ftc, Trump, Mike Masnick, Chopra, Thune, Ajit Pai, Simons, Schatz


Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app wildly popular with teens and loathed by the Trump administration

TikTok, the short-form video app, has become one of the most popular social platforms among Generation Z. It has , and 100 million users in the US alone. However, the future of TikTok's presence in the US is uncertain: The Trump administration is threatening to ban the app, citing national security risks over its ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance. Trump says he'll ban the app if an American company doesn't buy TikTok's US operations by mid-September. He escalated his attack ...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Australia, La, China, Singapore, India, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Beijing, United States


Mark Zuckerberg just became the third person on Earth worth over $100 billion. Here's how the Facebook CEO makes and spends his fortune.

Mark Zuckerberg's fortune surpassed $100 billion after Facebook launched its TikTok competitor in the US. That makes the tech titan only the third current centi-billionaire on Earth. In June, advertisers including Verizon, Honda, and Ben & Jerry's boycotted Facebook over the social network's lack of hate-speech moderation. The boycott briefly sunk both Facebook's share price and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth. Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splur...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Yahoo, Minneapolis, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Eu, Palo Alto, Harvard, Ford, Paris, Athens


United States: FTC Questions Protections Afforded Tech Platforms; LinkedIn Was Platform Of Choice For Sellers Of COVID-19 PPE; Appeals Court Passes On "retweet" Propriety Question - Morrison & Foerster LLP

Expressing concern about the spread of disinformation related to COVID-19, Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra said Congress may need "to reassess the special privileges afforded to tech platforms
Tags: News, Congress, United States, Appeals Court, Ftc, Morrison, Rohit Chopra, Foerster LLP


There is still no proof TikTok is spying on you for China

The Trump administration is forcing TikTok to sell off its US business by September 15 or else face a ban, accusing it of posing a privacy and national security threat because it is owned by a Chinese company. The administration has explicitly claimed TikTok spies on people but has never offered public evidence. Experts diving through TikTok's code and policies say the app collects user data in a similar way to Facebook and other popular social apps. Google and Facebook by comparison almost ce...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Singapore, Disney, US, Trends, European Union, Reddit, US Treasury, Ftc


Twitter has earmarked $150 million as fine for FTC probe into misuse of phone numbers, email addresses

Twitter revealed that it had earmarked $150 million as fine for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into improper use of users’ phone numbers and email addresses for targeting ads at them. This fine could go up to $250 million and is allegedly in violation of a 2011 settlement between Twitter and FTC as per which Twitter had to informs its users about how it protects their personal information from unauthorised access. Twitter, in its 10-Q filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Privacy, SEC, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC


Twitter Faces FTC Probe, Likely Fine Over Use of Phone Numbers For Ads

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twitter is facing a Federal Trade Commission probe and believes it will likely owe a fine of up to $250 million after being caught using phone numbers intended for two-factor authentication for advertising purposes. The company received a draft complaint from the FTC on July 28, it disclosed in its regular quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange commission. The complaint alleges that Twitter is in violation of its 2011 settlement w...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Securities and Exchange


Sen. Ron Wyden accused Trump of 'working the refs' by pulling the renomination of an FCC commissioner who had questioned the president's executive order targeting social media companies (FB, TWTR, GOOG, GOOGL)

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden slammed Trump for withdrawing an FCC commissioner's renomination and accused him of "working the refs," in an interview with The Verge. The White House abruptly pulled its nomination of MIchael O'Rielly to serve another term as FCC commissioner following his criticism of Trump's executive order taking aim at social media platforms. Wyden co-authored Section 230, which granted legal protections to internet companies, helping pave the way for the modern internet and,...
Tags: Twitter, Fcc, Congress, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Wyden, Ftc, Ron Wyden, Trump, Twitter Facebook Instagram, Rielly, Sen Ron Wyden


Twitter investigated by FTC for alleged misuse of user data

The company expects the probe could result in ‘probable loss’  of $150 million to $250 million.
Tags: Advertising, Ftc


How to block a number on your landline phone and reduce the amount of spam calls you receive

There are several steps you can take to block a number on a landline phone and reduce the amount of spam calls you receive. You can purchase a physical call-blocking device and install it onto your landline's connection, which will let you block a specific number. Make sure to add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry, which will block many of the biggest robocallers from contacting you. Your phone service provider might also offer call blocking features that you can activate on you...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Uniden


Prosecutors Are Investigating Amazon's Treatment of Third-Party Sellers

According to Bloomberg, attorneys general from New York and California are partnering with the FTC to investigate Amazon's online marketplace, in what may be the beginnings of a formal antitrust enforcement action. From a report: The agencies are going to interview witnesses jointly on conference calls over the next few weeks. The news comes after intense questioning over Amazon's Marketplace practices during [last week's landmark Big Tech antitrust hearing]. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) asked CEO Je...
Tags: Amazon, New York, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Ftc, Bezos, Lucy McBath D GA


Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe

Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads. In an SEC filing, reported on earlier by the New York Times, Twitter revealed it received the draft complaint from the FTC late last month. The activity the regulator is complaining about is alleged to have taken...
Tags: Travel, Security, Social, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Florida, Privacy, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Joe Biden, Data Breach, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Trump reportedly said TikTok has until September 15 to find a US buyer or it will be banned — and that the US Treasury should get payment as part of the sale. Trump previously threatened to imminently ban the app, which is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company. TikTok's owner ByteDance is looking outside of the US for its new TikTok headquarters. In a statement M...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, California, Russia, Singapore, US, Trends, Tesla, Beijing, US Treasury, Ubisoft, Garmin, Alexa


FTC probing Twitter's use of sensitive data for ad targeting

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Twitter over claims the social media company violated a federal law that bans the use of personal data provided for security purposes to target ads, Twitter disclosed on Monday. In a regulatory filing made public today, Twitter disclosed it received a draft FTC complaint that claims violations between 2013 and 2019. From Reuters: Twitter said it estimates probable loss of between $150 million and $250 million in settlement charges, and has a...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Business, Technology, News, Government, US, Tech News, Ftc, Reuters, U S Federal Trade Commission, Reuters Twitter, Bloomberg Markets


Twitter expecting FTC fine of up to $250M for alleged privacy violations

Twitter could be fined a hefty amount over alleged privacy violations
Tags: Twitter, News, Trends, Social Media, Online Privacy, Online Security, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Breaking Twitter


Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy (TWTR)

Twitter is under investigation by the FTC and could face a fine of anywhere between $150 million to $250 million, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday. Twitter said the FTC notified it of allegations that it improperly targeted ads at users based on information they had provided for "safety and security purposes," in violation a 2011 agreement. Twitter admitted last year that it had "inadvertently" targeted users with ads based on information they had provided to better secure t...
Tags: Twitter, Trends, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, TWTR, Barack Obama Joe Biden Elon Musk Kanye West Apple


Twitter Expects to Pay Up to $250 Million in FTC Fine Over Alleged Privacy Violations

Twitter disclosed that it anticipates being forced to pay an FTC fine of $150 million to $250 million related to alleged violations over the social network’s use of private data for advertising. The company revealed the expected scope of the fine in a 10-Q filing with the SEC. Twitter said that on July 28 it […]
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What Microsoft should demand in exchange for its ‘payment’ to the US government for TikTok

In one of the crazier news stories (and in 2020, that is saying something), President Donald Trump said today during a media availability event that in order for the U.S. government to sign off on a potential Microsoft/TikTok deal, “a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States,” based on my colleague Alex Wilhelm’s rough transcript. Trump calls TikTok a hot brand, demands a chunk of its sale price That seems nearly impossible to a...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, California, Government, China, Satya Nadella, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Treasury, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app that Trump is trying to order its Chinese parent to sell

TikTok is a short-form video app that's become one of the most popular social platforms among Generation Z. It has , and up to 80 million daily users in the US alone. However, the future of TikTok's presence in the US is uncertain: The Trump administration has threatened to ban the app, citing national security risks over its ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance. Trump could soon enact an executive order imposing a nationwide ban on the app, or directing ByteDance to "divest" i...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, La, China, Singapore, India, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Beijing, United States, New Zealand