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Don’t make promises you can’t keep when it comes to brain games, or the FTC will come for you

Promising to make someone smarter is a bold move, and now, the FTC is taking a closer look at "brain games" and their purported benefits. "Cognitive training products and claims are of significant interest to the FTC," it said.

Sprint fined nearly $3M for failing to notify low-credit customers about extra costs

The Federal Trade Commission has fined Sprint $3 million for failing to disclose tacked on extras for low-credit customers, forcing them to pay $7.99 extra per month. The money should go toward reimbursing these customers.

FTC is investigating complaints about Google’s ‘home-screen advantage’ on Android

The Federal Trade Commission has its gaze set on Google yet again, but this time it’s not about the technology giant’s search engine – it’s about Android and how Google promotes its own apps and services to the disadvantage of…

FTC and Machinima reach settlement: it’s actually about ethics in game journalism

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with YouTube network Machinima over allegations that the company contracted popular YouTubers to create paid advertisements under the guise of unbiased, independently produced video…

U.S. government can now sue companies that fail to protect customer data

Companies that fail to protect customer data from hackers and other sources could soon face the wrath of the FTC, after the federal commission successfully sued the Wyndham hotel chain over its failure to provide safeguards for customer…

RoboKiller app takes top prize in $25,000 anti-robocall contest

Fed up with robocalls? Then with a bit of luck you'll soon be able to make use of RoboKiller, an app that takes care of robocalls using audio-fingerprinting technology that helps to identify the computer-generated calls before killing them…

AT&T calls FCC’s fine over its throttling “implausible,” says it shouldn’t have to pay

AT&T says that it shouldn't have to pay the FCC's fine for throttling unlimited customers. It argues the commission lacks the authority to impose it, and that the record-breaking fine is arbitrary and capricious.

The FTC frowns down upon Apple’s 30 percent cut of Spotify revenue

The FTC has launched a formal investigation into whether Apple's 30 percent App Store tax is unduly harming third-party music streaming services. The company is facing increased scrutiny in light of its own music service's launch.

FTC examining Apple App Store’s 30 percent ‘tax’ on rival music streaming apps

Apple Music has drawn plenty of attention lately, including the stern gaze of the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. antitrust agency is examining Apple’s 30 percent cut of subscriptions fees for rival music streaming apps downloaded in…

Privacy advocates ask the FTC to curb Uber’s background location data collection

Uber's new privacy policy, which goes into effect July 17, already has a strong opponent. Privacy activist group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a 23-page legal complaint, which asked the FTC for help in curbing Uber's…

Apple hit with $647,000 fine in Taiwan for forcing carriers to accept its iPhone prices

The Taiwan FTC levied Apple with a $647,000 fine for forcing carriers to adhere to its iPhone pricing. Apple can appeal the decision, but the case could set a precedent for other countries to follow.

The FTC finally cracks down on fraudulent crowdfunding campaigns

In the first investigation of its kind by the agency, the FTC launched an investigation into an Oregon man's fraudulent 2012 Kickstarter campaign. The investigation ultimately ended in the man being fined, though it could have far-reaching…