South Carolina tells Uber to shut down in the state

On Thursday, South Carolina’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order for Uber to cease operations. The state governing body warned the company to stop its service immediately and not to resume until all its driver partners have proper certification. In the directive, the PSC said, “Consumers benefit from, and deserve choices in, the marketplace. However, those choices must be consistent with state law intended to protect the public.”It’s not the only local government that feels that way. State governor Nikki Haley, however, didn’t feel the same. She sent a letter to the PSC Friday expressing disapproval at the decision.

The race for spectrum heats up. Again

AT&T’s efforts to build a big new LTE network got a boost this week when the FCC granted approval for the carrier to acquire a haul of spectrum from four companies. One of the big remaining questions is what Dish Network has in mind for its own airwaves.

Privacy group fires complaint against developer of mobile games for kids

A privacy watchdog group has filed a complaint against the developer of Mobbles, claiming the game collects user data without informing parents or asking for consent. It’s the latest indication the mobile industry has a long way to go to address privacy concerns in mobile apps.

Airbnb, Coursera and Uber: The rise of the disruption economy

We’re used to how the social web has disrupted media, but that same wave is moving through other industries, driven by startups like Airbnb, Coursera and Uber — and while regulators and entrenched industries are trying to fight it, the trend behind that wave is unstoppable.

Google must work harder to avoid European search charges

Google has apparently offered to indicate when its search results point to its own properties, in its ongoing negotiations with EC antitrust investigators. But that offer likely doesn’t neutralise the original complaints.

AT&T’s push for LTE airwaves: The rich get richer

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has granted initial approval of AT&T’s plan to rejigger its WCS band of airwaves for 4G use. But the commission must move carefully here to avoid laying the foundation for a carrier duopoly in the LTE era.