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U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don’t use Huawei equipment

Friday, December 14th, 2018

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided U.S. sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow. According to Reuters, a U.S. security council is expected to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, on one condition — the combined carrier can't use networking equipment from Huawei.

Several countries around the world have now banned (or are trying to ban) Huawei's networking equipment, among fears that they could enable a backdoor for the Chinese government to conduct surveillance.

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U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don't use Huawei equipment was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Granted bail] Canada arrests Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, China warns ‘grave consequences’

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Two days ago, Canadian police arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, following an extradition request by the United States government. Wanzhou was arrested for allegedly covering up Huawei's links to a company that tried to sell equipment to Iran — a country under trade sanctions by the United States.

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[Update: Granted bail] Canada arrests Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, China warns 'grave consequences' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Canada arrests Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, China warns ‘grave consequences’

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Two days ago, Canadian police arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, following an extradition request by the United States government. Wanzhou was arrested for allegedly covering up Huawei's links to a company that tried to sell equipment to Iran — a country under trade sanctions by the United States.

Due to Huawei being one of the largest companies operating in China, and Meng Wanzhou being daughter of Huawei's founder, the arrest has received widespread international media coverage.

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Canada arrests Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, China warns 'grave consequences' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Japan reportedly planning to boycott Huawei and ZTE equipment for government use

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Chinese technology companies have faced numerous difficulties overseas this year owing to a lack of trust, particularly in the US where Huawei's proposed carrier deals with AT&T and Verizon fell through due to political pressure and ZTE was forced to pay huge fines and sack board members to resume trading. US government agencies were then banned from using technology made by either firm, and it looks like Japan may be following suit with similar sanctions.

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Japan reportedly planning to boycott Huawei and ZTE equipment for government use was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google could face additional legal action in Europe over activity and location tracking

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

It's been a tough year for Google in Europe, and it doesn't look to be getting any better. The Mountain View company was slapped with a record $5 billion antitrust fine by the EU Commission this summer, and now it could be in hot water once again due to its location and online activity tracking practices.

In the wake of the huge penalty in July, Google is now having to split up Android, Chrome, and Search in the European Union, pending an appeal of the court's decision.

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Google could face additional legal action in Europe over activity and location tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Last year, the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm for its patent licensing, alleging that the company wasn't giving competitors fair terms for standards-essential patents owned by the company. In what will likely prove to be a benefit to companies and consumers alike, yesterday the judge in the suit granted a motion for partial summary judgment, requiring that Qualcomm license those standards-essential patents to other chipset manufacturers under reasonable terms.

Previously, the FTC alleged that Qualcomm was refusing to license its patents to some competitors, coercing others into non-FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms, and forcing some like Apple into exclusivity agreements.

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Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

US Copyright Office says circumventing DRM to repair certain electronics, including phones and smart speakers, is now legal

Friday, October 26th, 2018

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law passed in the United States over 20 years ago, criminalizes the production of technology intended to circumvent DRM. While most people equate this with pirating movies, the law has also drastically affected the technology repair industry, as more and more manufacturers implement DRM designed to limit repair options. For example, recent Mac computers have a chip which makes certain repairs impossible without Apple-authorized software.

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US Copyright Office says circumventing DRM to repair certain electronics, including phones and smart speakers, is now legal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Aptoide gains injunction against Google in latest antitrust case, compensation could follow

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Google's legal troubles in Europe continue as a European Commission court has accepted an injunction filed by alternative app store Aptoide. The antitrust complaint came after Google used Play Protect to warn users that Aptoide was potentially harmful.

It further emerges that Google Play Protect was even removing the app store from phones without users' knowledge. Apparently, as many as 2.2 million users have been affected in the last 60 days.

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Aptoide gains injunction against Google in latest antitrust case, compensation could follow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can easily opt out of Google’s binding arbitration agreement for the Pixel 3

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Over the years, consumer rights when it comes to class-action lawsuits have been eroded by the US Supreme Court. Many companies now mandate that consumers agree to so-called binding arbitration agreements, which can preclude customers from banding together successfully in a formal legal dispute. Thankfully for the proactive among us, that's something you can actually opt out of if you remember to within a certain period of time, and Google has provided a similar opt-out for the Pixel 3.

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You can easily opt out of Google's binding arbitration agreement for the Pixel 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Google Search has been a key component of Android since the OS was first released, and Chrome has become increasingly important in recent years. All three products are now intertwined, but the European Union wants them to be separate. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the EU, and to avoid more fines while the company challenges the EU in court, it is now complying with new regulatory rules.

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Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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