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FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its final rules gutting net neutrality today. But like most phone announcements these days, there were no real surprises. We all knew what was coming.

Why the actual publication of the repeal matters is because it is only now that states and internet freedom organizations can start taking legal action. Plus, now the Senate has 60 legislative days to block the FCC if it is so inclined, which would require help from Republican senators.

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FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon to stop honoring FCC restriction on not SIM-locking phones because nothing matters anymore

Monday, February 12th, 2018

According to CNET, Verizon Wireless will begin SIM-locking its smartphones out of the box at some point this Spring. Essentially no details are provided about how this will be implemented, but it really doesn't matter, because Verizon rather explicitly agreed not to do this ten years ago.

Per the restrictions imposed by the 700MHz Upper Block C spectrum auction it won in 2008, Verizon is expressly barred from locking down handsets on its network that utilize this spectrum.

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Verizon to stop honoring FCC restriction on not SIM-locking phones because nothing matters anymore was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google reaches agreement with Getty Images to display its content in Search

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Getty Images and Google are announcing an agreement for a multi-year licensing partnership, allowing Google to use Getty's images in Search and across its other products. The agreement requires that Google make some changes to Image Search, including making copyright disclaimers more prominent and removing direct links to certain images.

The partnership comes in the sequence of a law complaint filed by Getty against Google back in April 2016, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices by promoting its own products and displaying high resolution images in Search, thereby reducing the need for users to visit the original source website.

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Google reaches agreement with Getty Images to display its content in Search was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google fined $21 million in India for ‘search bias’

Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Competition Commission of India (CCI), that country's antitrust watchdog, has imposed a 1.36 billion-rupee ($21.17 million) fine on Google for what the organization is calling "search bias." The fine is the end result of a probe that began in 2012, spurred by complaints filed by matchmaking service Bharat Matrimony and the non-profit Consumer Unity and Trust Society.

“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI said in a written order, citing the prominent position of Google Flights in search results relating to air travel.

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Google fined $21 million in India for 'search bias' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel’s microphone problems

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Hot on the heels of the Project Fi news, it appears that Google is being sued for another problem. Last year we reported that many original Pixel and Pixel XLs were having microphone-related issues caused by a physical defect in the device. Now the same group of attorneys that put together the LG bootloop lawsuit is seeking a class action against Google for the OG Pixel's microphone defect. 

Google did appear to take the original reports of microphone problems quite seriously last year, going so far as to replace phones which exhibited the issue.

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Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel's microphone problems was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lawsuit alleges Google Project Fi charged a subscriber for Wi-Fi data

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

One of the big advantages of Google Fi is its flexibility. You just pay for the data you use at a rate of $10 a gig, up to a recently-set maximum of $80 a month. But, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week, Google may have charged at least one Project Fi subscriber for data that was used while the customer was on a Wi-Fi connection. 

The Register was the first to report on the news yesterday, and it's a bit disconcerting.

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Lawsuit alleges Google Project Fi charged a subscriber for Wi-Fi data was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

UK-based Wileyfox enters administration to restructure its debt

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

United Kingdom-based phone manufacturer Wileyfox entered the Android smartphone scene in 2015, when it released the Storm and Switft phones. The low-end Spark was released later, in mid-2016. They were budget phones running the short-lived Cyanogen OS, and when Cyanogen collapsed, the company started developing its own ROM.

A community manager at Wileyfox has revealed on Reddit that Wileyfox is undergoing administration. For those of you not familiar with it, administration is a process in the UK where a company gives full control of itself to a person (or small group of people), in order to pay off debts to creditors.

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UK-based Wileyfox enters administration to restructure its debt was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile sued after porting man’s number to thieves who stole his cryptocurrency

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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If you're a T-Mobile customer, you might have gotten a text message from the carrier recently that warned of number porting scams. Now it's clear why Tmo is so concerned. A Washington man has filed suit against the carrier for improperly porting his number, allowing thieves to make off with his cryptocurrency. Although, with the current price of crypto, he might have been wiped out by now even if his coins weren't stolen.

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T-Mobile sued after porting man's number to thieves who stole his cryptocurrency was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG settles bootloop lawsuit: Members get $425 in cash or a $700 LG phone rebate

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

According to a settlement website set up by the law firm Girard Gibbs, members of a class action lawsuit against LG for G4, V10, V20, Nexus 5X, and G5 bootloop problems have received a settlement offer. The suit went to arbitration last summer.

LG is offering class members either $425 as a cash settlement, or a $700 rebate toward the purchase of a new LG phone. That's pretty generous, and it's clear that's going to help offset some of the angst LG's created with this whole incident.

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LG settles bootloop lawsuit: Members get $425 in cash or a $700 LG phone rebate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined €997 million for anticompetitive practices (again) by the EU

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The European Commission has fined chipmaker Qualcomm €997 million ($1.24 billion) for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. The decision comes as the result of an investigation covering the period from 2011 to 2016, during which Qualcomm paid Apple to exclusively use its LTE chips in iPhones and iPads.

"Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance.

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Qualcomm fined €997 million for anticompetitive practices (again) by the EU was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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