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  • Crunch Report | Super Mario Run Hits the App Store

    Super Mario Run is now in the App Store, Instagram passes 600 million users, Facebook hits fake news where it hurts, Facebook releases a bunch of overlays and stickers for Messenger and Tom Wheeler is stepping down from the FCC in January. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Trump transition team appointments indicate a bid to dismantle net neutrality

    Trump transition team appointments indicate a bid to dismantle net neutrality

    President-elect Trump has made it clear that he is more than a little hostile towards the FCC’s implementation of net neutrality, both in his own words and, today, the appointment of two long-time adversaries of the policy to his transition team. Read More

  • New FCC rule protects users from the prying eyes of ISPs

    New FCC rule protects users from the prying eyes of ISPs

    It’s a good day for consumers, and the advertisers are tearing out their hair: The FCC today voted to adopt new privacy rules that severely restrict what data ISPs can collect from you without your consent. The Association of National Advertisers called the rules “unprecedented, misguided and extremely harmful.” If that isn’t a strong endorsement, I don’t know… Read More

  • Senators ask FCC to investigate Stingray surveillance tech

    Senators ask FCC to investigate Stingray surveillance tech

    A group of Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate cell site simulators like Stingrays to determine if the surveillance devices used by local law enforcement agencies are disrupting cellphone service for ordinary consumers and 911 calls. The senators are also asking the FCC to look into whether Stingray use disproportionately affects people of… Read More

  • Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows Crunch Network

    Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows

    A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate. In the case of cable companies fighting the FCC’s set-top box proposal… Read More

  • Net Neutrality And Modern Exchanges Crunch Network

    Net Neutrality And Modern Exchanges

    A great victory was won earlier this year for supporters of innovation, competition and openness — net neutrality rules were adopted by the FCC. Those rules have recently come into effect, and we’ve already seen significant movement, including the $100 million AT&T fine for data throttling. Read More

  • Wireless Power And Battery Life Anxiety Crunch Network

    Wireless Power And Battery Life Anxiety

    Battery life is one of the most vexing problems in mobile tech. Indeed, Smartphone users consistently rate battery life as their No. 1 gripe. Consumers want better batteries, not wearables. So Apple’s recent announcement isn’t that surprising: iOS 9 will have a Low Power mode, which could provide an extra three hours of battery life. But that doesn’t solve the battery… Read More

  • PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints

    PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints

    PayPal today announced it’s updating its User Agreement to clarify the language it uses to communicate to customers how the company is allowed to contact them. The company had recently come under fire from consumer advocacy groups who reported PayPal’s possible violations around robocalls to the FCC following media reports of a change to PayPal’s terms. In an update to the… Read More

  • FCC Plans To Hit AT&T With $100 Million Fine Over “Unlimited” Data Plans

    FCC Plans To Hit AT&T With $100 Million Fine Over “Unlimited” Data Plans

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Wednesday that it plans to fine AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier by subscribers, $100 million for misleading consumers about its unlimited mobile data plans. The FCC charges that AT&T throttled data plans for subscribers grandfathered into its unlimited data plans and “failed to adequately… Read More

  • FCC Tells PayPal It May Be In Violation Of Federal Law Regarding Robocalls

    FCC Tells PayPal It May Be In Violation Of Federal Law Regarding Robocalls

    The FCC has responded to concerns that PayPal’s updated user agreement, which gives the company the right to robocall and text customers, by informing PayPal that it may be in violation of federal law. One issue, according to the FCC, is that consenting to robocalls cannot be a condition of using PayPal’s service. In addition, customers must provide prior written consent… Read More

  • Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    Join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler At Disrupt NY

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will join TechCrunch at the Disrupt NY conference next month to chat about technology policy and a little thing you might have heard of called net neutrality. Wheeler has become at once a pariah and lauded leader in his role as chairman — most notably after his commission passed new net neutrality regulations on a party-line vote of 3-2. The congressional… Read More

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