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Supreme Court limits FTC's ability to make fraudsters reimburse consumers

Apr 23, 2021
In its unanimous ruling, the court says the FTC could always ask Congress for more authority to recover money for victims.
Over the past five years, the FTC says it’s returned over $11 billion to victims using the method that the court just struck down.
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Mobile, media industries see optimistic signs for 5G wireless future

Jan 7, 2021
The airwaves on the auction block include frequencies in what's called the mid-band range, allowing 5G signals to travel fast and far.
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Facebook case won't be "open and shut," former antitrust attorney says

Erik Gordon thinks we won't see Facebook broken up and spun off into smaller separate companies.
Erik Gordon says there are other remedies for Facebook besides breaking it up, including making it open up some of its proprietary technology.
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Regulators fine YouTube for collecting data and marketing to kids

Sep 5, 2019
Critics say the $170 million penalty will do little to change the video platform's behavior.
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Facebook is facing a fine. What about Zuckerberg?

Jul 15, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly ready to hit Facebook with a fine of about $5 billion.
Signs for company Cambridge Analytica in the lobby of the building in which they are based on March 21, 2018 in London, England.
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Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook

Jul 12, 2019
According to the Wall Street Journal, the 3-2 vote broke along party lines.
In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg influenced our discourse, our privacy, our ideas about speech — free or otherwise — and our spending habits.
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Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

May 22, 2019
A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out rivals in the cellphone chip market and charged excessive royalties to cellphone manufacturers such as Apple.
Attendees wait in line for a 5G exhibition at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, on January 10, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Who protects you from making a bad purchase... on your smart speaker?

Apr 29, 2019
Today's voice assistants and smart devices can act like salespeople who knock on your door.
Amazon’s patents show how voice recognition technology could be used to learn about users' physical and emotional states. Above, Amazon Echo Dots.
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Tracking the “King of Robocalls”

Apr 2, 2019
A Wired reporter tells about the man responsible for nearly 100 million automated calls.
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The FTC has no chief technologist as it weighs big tech investigations

Apr 2, 2019
The last person to hold the job says there are many ways the agency can get input on technology issues.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building in Washington, DC.
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