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Microsoft, Sony, and other companies still use illegal warranty-void-if-removed stickers

Microsoft, Sony, and other companies still use illegal warranty-void-if-removed stickers These stickers are common on electronics equipment — Microsoft uses them on the Xbox One, Sony has them on the PS4, and you’ve probably owned a phone that had at least one somewhere.These stickers are almost certainly illegal, as Motherboard points out in relation to the new Xbox One S.

Office Depot, OfficeMax claim brand-new computers are infected by malware to sell useless removal services

Office Depot, OfficeMax claim brand-new computers are infected by malware to sell useless removal services The software Office Depot uses to scan for malware (and we use these terms loosely) is called PC Health Check and is manufactured by Support.According to Derek Held, an IT specialist with IOActive, PC Health Check doesn’t actually scan a system at all.

Homeopathic solutions now have to be labeled to disclose that there's no science behind them

Homeopathic solutions now have to be labeled to disclose that there's no science behind them Their latest comments contend (PDF) that the standard disclaimer isn’t enough to dissuade consumers from buying this crap, so now not only do homeopathic products have to carry the standard disclaimer, they also have to say there’s no science behind them.But the only reason I can’t make a blanket statement that homeopathy provides no benefit whatsoever is the placebo effect.

FTC sues Qualcomm over chip licensing strategy, alleges antitrust abuses

FTC sues Qualcomm over chip licensing strategy, alleges antitrust abuses In its brief, the FTC argues that Qualcomm used its position to extort higher royalties from smartphone manufacturers.The FTC asserts that Qualcomm enforces a “No license, no chips,” policy in which it will not sell parts to a cell phone manufacturer unless the manufacturer agrees to its patent and licensing terms.

Uber fined $20 million for lying about driver earnings, predatory financing

Uber fined $20 million for lying about driver earnings, predatory financing Now the company has been fined $20 million by the FTC for its predatory lending practices and its exaggerated claims about driver pay.“This settlement will put millions of dollars back in Uber drivers’ pockets.

Apple sues Qualcomm for a billion dollars in unpaid rebates, alleges company attempted perjury, extortion

Apple sues Qualcomm for a billion dollars in unpaid rebates, alleges company attempted perjury, extortion China has also fined Qualcomm for its alleged monopolistic abuses and the FTC filed a lawsuit against QC earlier this week.Among Apple’s complaints, are allegations that it is forced to effectively double-pay Qualcomm, since Qualcomm requires Apple’s manufacturing partners to take out a license to work with Snapdragon hardware, then charges Apple again for a separate license.

This TV company was spying on you until it was called out

This TV company was spying on you until it was called out Electronics company Vizio doesn't want its customers to believe it ran a giant spying operation, but the company's surrender to a recent lawsuit suggests otherwise.2 million on Monday to settle a lawsuit brought against them by the New Jersey government and the Federal Trade Commission.

South Korea’s antitrust watchdog concerned Google meddled with Samsung’s Tizen

South Korea’s antitrust watchdog concerned Google meddled with Samsung’s Tizen However, South Korea’s antitrust watchdog is concerned that Samsung business with the former might have negatively affected its business with the latter, with Google to blame, reports The Korea Times.The matter goes back to 2011, when Samsung signed the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) and anti-fragmentation agreement (AFA).

Amazon to refund $70m in IAP after year of legal appeals

Amazon to refund $70m in IAP after year of legal appeals More information on that process will be released soon, but all charges were made between November 2011 and May 2016.The FTC filed its case in July 2014, at which point it sought a minimum of $50 million in refunds.

Celebs sent 'reminders' by FTC to disclose when they're paid to shill products on Instagram

Celebs sent 'reminders' by FTC to disclose when they're paid to shill products on Instagram Federal regulators are putting dozens of celebrities on notice over their sponsored Instagram posts.Often, stars get paid for them—and the FTC isn't a fan of not making that clear.

Samsung, Intel Join FTC's Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm

Samsung, Intel Join FTC's Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm According to Intel, Qualcomm has: [M]aintained an interlocking web of abusive patent and commercial practices that subverts competition on the merits.The FTC’s detailed complaint documents the Qualcomm practices that have created that coercive business climate and stymied competition.

Regulators are looking into complaints that Amazon is misleading customers about their savings

Regulators are looking into complaints that Amazon is misleading customers about their savings As Amazon prepares to lock down its mega-merger with Whole Foods, one of its most controversial sales practices may be coming back to haunt it.The group behind the complaint, Consumer Watchdog, reviewed around 1,000 Amazon products and found these reference prices used on nearly half.

Uber was so sloppy with your data that it will be audited for the next 20 years

Uber was so sloppy with your data that it will be audited for the next 20 years Remember when Uber employees were reportedly tracking their ex-girlfriends and Beyoncé with a secret God View feature?” As part of its settlement agreement, Uber will implement a new privacy program, and be regularly and independently audited every two years for the next 20 years.