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Another government ban is targeting Huawei and ZTE hardware

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The past few months have been difficult for Chinese smartphone OEMs, particularly ZTE and Huawei. ZTE nearly shut down after the U.S. government placed a trade ban on the company, which was finally lifted last month. Earlier this year, AT&T and Verizon reportedly dropped plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro due to pressure from the federal government. Now both companies are under fire again, as U.S. agencies are now banned from using their telecommunications technology.

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Another government ban is targeting Huawei and ZTE hardware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google says Android provides choice, plans to appeal EU antitrust fine

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

This morning, Google was hit with an enormous $5.06 billion fine for what the European Commission considers to be anti-competitive practices — specifically, those that push users toward Google's own apps and services. CEO Sundar Pichai has penned a response that outlines where the company disagrees, pointing out the ease with which users can install alternatives to Google's pre-loaded apps, and making clear that the company plans to appeal the Commission's decision.

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Google says Android provides choice, plans to appeal EU antitrust fine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The amount Google must pay the European Commission for its latest antitrust fine has now been revealed as a record 4.34 billion euros ($5.06 billion). That figure dwarfs the $2.7 billion fine Google previously received for giving preferential treatment to its own shopping comparison tools in searches.

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Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Warp Charge may be OnePlus’ new name for Dash Charge, following trademark mishaps

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The folks over at the Dutch site Mobielkopen have spotted a trademark application in the EU for "Warp Charge," filed on behalf of OnePlus. Presumably, this new name is set to replace Dash Charge, after OnePlus previously failed to secure it as an exclusive trademark in the EU. 

OnePlus' previous attempts to secure the "Dash Charge" name were denied when Bragi and Amazon each contested the application under the claim that there could be consumer confusion between Amazon's Dash Replenishment API service and Bragi's various Dash earphones.

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Warp Charge may be OnePlus' new name for Dash Charge, following trademark mishaps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Warp Charge may be OnePlus’ new name for Dash Charge, following trademark mishaps

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The folks over at the Dutch site Mobielkopen have spotted a trademark application in the EU for "Warp Charge," filed on behalf of OnePlus. Presumably, this new name is set to replace Dash Charge, after OnePlus previously failed to secure it as an exclusive trademark in the EU. 

OnePlus' previous attempts to secure the "Dash Charge" name were denied when Bragi and Amazon each contested the application under the claim that there could be consumer confusion between Amazon's Dash Replenishment API service and Bragi's various Dash earphones.

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Warp Charge may be OnePlus' new name for Dash Charge, following trademark mishaps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Alternative app store Aptoide has filed an antitrust complaint against Google

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Google Play Protect is meant to keep nefarious apps off users' devices. Alternative app marketplace Aptoide has been flagged as such an app, according to a complaint the company has filed with the European Commission. Play Protect is reportedly cautioning some users that Aptoide is potentially harmful, and preventing the store from downloading apps for those who don't heed the warning.

Aptoide CEO Paulo Trezentos has said that the store is one of the safest on Android, criticizing the Play Protect warnings as "really aggressive." Google hasn't commented on the complaint.

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Alternative app store Aptoide has filed an antitrust complaint against Google was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Justice Department files appeal to block Time Warner-AT&T merger

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

AT&T's landmark deal to acquire Time Warner might not be sailing through the courts after all. After getting approval for the deal in June, the US Justice Department has filed documents to appeal the decision, threatening to up-end AT&T's next big expansion.

In June, US District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the deal was legal, but he went a step further and opted to impose no conditions on the deal. That's unusual for a merger of this scale.

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Justice Department files appeal to block Time Warner-AT&T merger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ZTE signs escrow agreement with U.S. to lift trade ban

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

After the U.S. Department of Commerce banned ZTE from importing US-made components, due to the company violating an agreement it made in 2017, ZTE shut down most operations while it fought to lift the ban. The Commerce Department told ZTE it had to pay over a billion dollars in fines and replace its entire senior leadership for the ban to be lifted, which ZTE agreed to last month.

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ZTE signs escrow agreement with U.S. to lift trade ban was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

European Parliament votes down draconian copyright reform plan

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Last month, the EU Legislative Affairs Committee (which somehow works out to the initialism JURI) voted in favor of a new copyright reform plan called the EU Copyright Directive, sending it to a parliamentary vote. On its face, the idea of copyright reform is a good idea considering how old many governments' legislation on the subject is, but two parts of the plan—Article 11 and Article 13—were a bit draconian in their perspective.

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European Parliament votes down draconian copyright reform plan was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ZTE gets authorization to conduct limited business for the next month

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

It's been nothing but bad news for ZTE over the last couple months, but there's finally a positive development for the Chinese technology firm. The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted part of the trade ban that effectively shut down ZTE back in April. This will help ZTE keep the lights on as it works toward full compliance.

The authorization runs from July 2nd to August 1st, allowing ZTE to continue operating existing networks and equipment, as well as provide support to owners of ZTE phones.

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ZTE gets authorization to conduct limited business for the next month was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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