The Global Privacy Enforcement Network has surveyed 1,200 apps to see how up-front they are with users about what they do with personal data, and the results are predictably ugly.
Sprint’s new chairman claims merging Sprint and T-Mobile would allow him to challenge wireline ISPs. Today Sprint would charge a committed Netflix user $10,000 a month for broadband service. Son’s got a long way to go.
If you were looking for a signal showing how cozy new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler would be with the cable and telecom industries he used to lobby for, then Wheeler just broadcast a big one. He’s hired Public Knowledge President, CEO and founder Gigi Sohn as special counsel for external affairs on his staff. For 12 years Sohn has railed against the communications industries’ more anti-consumer actions, and while Sohn’s appointment doesn’t guarantee Wheeler will take a hard line against his former employers, it does shows he will listen to opposing perspectives as he kicks off what is sure to be a controversial tenure.
Verizon is paying Vodafone $130 billion to gain full control of Verizon Wireless, which will help it compete in the U.S. Vodafone now has the war chest to embark on some serious M&A, but who’s the target?
A long-running dance between the European Commission and Google over antitrust allegations is finally coming to an end amidst reports that the two sides have reached an “understanding.”
Verizon’s joint marketing pact with the cable providers may be facing some serious scrutiny, but Verizon and its partners don’t seem to have noticed. On Thursday, Time Warner Cable blithely announced they would launch bundled mobile and cable services together in five markets.
Apple was probably hoping its statement Thursday about Carrier IQ, the software found to be installed on many devices that reports and records user activity, would be enough to reassure people any potential danger had passed. Some regulators, however, think Apple needs to do more reassuring.
Those who questioned whether European regulators were right to open an antitrust investigation into Google’s activities last year should take a look at the data again, as the company’s dominance across the continent reaches new heights — and new depths, too.
In the land of mega-meals and mega-churches, it’s only natural that we’d have a mega-media hookup like the one announced today between Comcast and NBC. But a deal this big will naturally bring along with it some regulatory scrutiny.