BLU settles with FTC, agrees not to misrepresent the security of its phones

Back in November 2016, we told you about a story in The New York Times that claimed certain Android phones were sending users’ personal data to servers in China. The software, created by Shanghai Adups Technology Company, is on hundreds of millions of active Android handsets. Among the manufacturers whose phones had this software installed were two firms that shouldn’t surprise you in 2018, Huawei and ZTE. But a third manufacturer is one that you might have never heard of, and is actually located in Miami, Florida. The name of that company is BLU Products.

BLU co-owner and CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion …


FTC: third-party repair services will not void your warranty

Having your smartphone serviced by an unauthorized third party will most certainly void its warranty. Right? Well, not necessarily.

In a statement made on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission pointed out that a product’s warranty cannot be tied to the use of a particular brand’s replacement parts and repair services. In other words, having your phone serviced by a third party cannot render its warranty void in case, say, a manufacturing defect manifests itself down the road.

The FTC further stated that it has sent warning letters to six companies, at least one of which is …

Facebook in hot water as the FTC examines possible violation of 2011 consent decree (VIDEO)

The other day, we told you about a company called Cambridge Analytica. According to the New York Times, the consulting firm, hired by the Trump campaign in 2016, got its hands on as many as 50 million Facebook profiles without permission. The latter was used to create psychological profiles of voters. The Trump campaign employed the data to determine the areas of the country where it needed to place more ads or arrange for a personal appearance by the candidate.

When the story first broke, the Times characterized the use of the Facebook profiles as a data breach, a term that Facebook …

Apple fails to produce documents in FTC lawsuit vs. Qualcomm, gets fined $25K per day

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins has ordered Apple to pay the court $25,000 each day that it fails to turn over certain documents related to the FTC’s suit against Qualcomm. The court started adding up the fines on December 16th. The $25,000 is the amount of profit Apple made every 16 seconds during its last fiscal year. The company must turn over the documents by December 29th, or else it will be forced to pay a higher penalty amount for each day it doesn’t turn over the documents.

Apple is not a party to the suit in which the FTC accuses the chip designer of allowing Apple to pay …

Qualcomm says FTC suit against it should be dismissed

Back in January, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued chipmaker Qualcomm over what it calls “onerous” terms charged by the San Diego based company to license its patents. These payments were made by smartphone manufacturers to Qualcomm to license the use of the company’s chips. It was this past April when Qualcomm first said that the case against it should be dismissed. Last month, the FTC disagreed and said that it would go forward with its suit. But just yesterday Qualcomm said that the FTC’s case was lacking in facts, and took its information from friend of the court briefs filed by Samsung …

Samsung, Intel file friend of court briefs against Qualcomm regarding FTC suit

Boy, are Qualcomm’s ears burning. Back in January, the FTC sued the chipmaker claiming that by refusing to license its patents, Qualcomm has been able to have a monopoly in the industry. And supporting the FTC’s position by recently filing “friend of the court” briefs are two of Qualcomm’s rivals, Samsung and Intel. In its brief filed with the court, Intel accused Qualcomm of using its patents to force phone manufacturers into “purchasing the chipsets they need from Qualcomm and Qualcomm alone.”

Samsung blames Qualcomm for the reason why you don’t see many non-Samsung phones powered by its …

FTC asks court to dismiss Qualcomm's request to stop ongoing anti-competitive case

Once again, Qualcomm has been taken to court, accused of being anti-competitive and monopolistic. This time, it’s Apple, Samsung, and the US Federal Trade Comission against the chipmaker. The three aren’t exactly cool with how Qualcomm allegedly uses its humongous portfolio of standard essential patents – governing technology required to be doing business in a specific industry – to play the market for its benefit. Thus, the FTC argued that the court should not accept Qualcomm’s request of dismissing the suit put against the company in January.

Moreover, Apple claims …

FTC files suit against Qualcomm, citing anti-competitive deal it struck with Apple

The FTC today filed a suit against Qualcomm, charging the chip maker with using unfair anti-competitive tactics in order to gain advantages from its competitors. According to the FCC, Qualcomm reached a deal with Apple that would make Qualcomm the exclusive supplier of certain baseband chips to Apple, in exchange for reduced royalty payments. The deal ran from 2011 to last year and prevented Apple from using baseband processors on the iPhone made by any other manufacturer except for Qualcomm. Currently, Qualcomm and Intel share the job of producing modem chips used on the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple …