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U.S. Senator, consumer rights group call for an official investigation into Apple Music

U.S. Senator Al Franken, along with consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, have both called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple Music over possible anti-competitive practices.

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FTC said to be ramping up its investigation against Apple

The FTC has reportedly started issuing subpoenas to music streaming companies as part of its investigation against Apple over the cut it takes over all in-app purchases, and whether that charge stifles competition.

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FTC may be exploring rules Apple has in place for streaming music rivals in the App Store

It is being reported that the FTC may be exploring the rules Apple has in place in its App Store for streaming music rivals. After various complaints from the competition, the FTC is beginning to look into the matter, though an official investigation has not begun yet.

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FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States.

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AT&T files motion to dismiss FTC's data throttling suit, invokes common carrier status

Late last year, the FTC filed a lawsuit against AT&T, stating that the carrier was throttling data for users on unlimited plans, a practice that has allegedly been going on since 2011. AT&T is now looking to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by invoking the Tier II "common carrier" clause, which exempts the carrier from FTC's jurisdiction and places it under the purview of the FCC.

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FTC sues AT&T over unlimited data throttling

The Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T Mobility over data throttling on unlimited data plans. The Commission alleges that AT&T's practices regarding unlimited data were deceptive and unfair. The FTC believes that AT&T in some cases reduced unlimited data speeds after certain amounts by up to 90 percent.

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AT&T agrees to pay $105 million to settle claims of unauthorized third-party charges

AT&T has agreed to pay a total of $105 million to settle claims that the wireless carrier "billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services."

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FTC claims T-Mobile charged customers millions for bogus SMS subscription fees [Updated]

Update: T-Mobile CEO John Legere has posted a public response to these claims, saying they are "unfounded and without merit." He goes on to talk about T-Mobile's proactive response to these issues as compared to the competition. You can find the full statement at the T-Mobile Newsroom

Original story: The Federal Trade Commission says that T-Mobile has placed "hundreds of millions" of dollars in bogus charges into customer bills. In a press release issued today, the government office alleges that T-Mobile included premium SMS fees that it knew were fraudulent because of the high cancel-rates from subscribers. This is a practice the FTC calls "cramming."

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Snapchat settles with the FTC over privacy concerns, will be monitored for 20 years

Snapchat has agreed to settle with the FTC over claims that the company deceived consumers over the data it collected and also the security measures taken to prevent unauthorized disclosure. Snapchat's failure to secure its Find Friends feature resulted in a breach that allowed hackers to steal 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers.

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Apple sends out refund instructions for unauthorized in-app purchases

Apple is sending letters to eligible customers regarding its recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding in-app purchases, offering refunds for some instances where children were able to make these purchases without the parents' knowledge or permission. In order to claim their refund, customers will need to find their in-app purchase records, send their request to Apple, and provide details about the purchases.

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