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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads 371

zacharye writes "Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Thursday ordered UNcarrier T-Mobile to correct 'deceptive advertising that promised consumers no annual contracts while carrying hidden charges for early termination of phone plans.' T-Mobile, which recently did away with standard cell phone service contracts and typical smartphone subsidies, is accused of misleading consumers by advertising no-contract wireless plans despite requiring that customers sign an agreement that makes them responsible for the full cost of their handsets should they cancel service prematurely ..."

Comment Re:Wow, that's illegal? (Score 1) 350

The building was constructed with certain building materials and laid out so that it blocked all wireless radio frequencies in and out of the building - especially cellular traffic. If that is not illegal, I don't see how cellular jamming wouold be illegal.

Think of it like this. Suppose you're worried about intruders on your property. It's perfectly legal to put up a 10 foot tall fence topped with concertina wire, build your walls out of 5 foot thick concrete, and place some angry rottweilers around the perimeter. But it's not legal to erect a couple of rotating Gatling guns firing rounds out from the property to keep people away.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 146

Nope, they haven't removed the app from users who already had it installed. It still works just fine for existing users, but nobody new can download it. I'm really sort of torn on this - Apple has the right to enforce its guidelines, and it appears that AppGratis technically violated the letter of the law. But did they violate the spirit? I guess Groupon and a number of others should be pulled, too, because they send out the push-messages each day as well...


Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets 236

Adam Orth, creative director of Microsoft Studios, on Thursday tweeted that "doesn't get" objections to DRM schemes that require always-on internet connection to play console games. An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft on Friday released an official statement regarding the tweets: 'We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.'" I can't help reading those tweets in the voice of Sterling Archer.
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FCC Chair Genachowski Resigns; What Effect on Net Regulation? 42

New submitter RougeFemme writes with news of Friday's announcement that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will step down in the next several weeks (also at Politico), and asks "Obama promised us the continuation of a free, open Internet. Will the resignation of the FCC chairman have any affect on that 'net neutrality'?"

Comment Re:Twitter-shaming. (Score 1) 1145

The girl involved in the Steubenville rape case I mentioned in my previous post was threatened with death and physical harm on social media for the 'harm' she was doing to the local football team by pursuing charges.

And many of these threats were made by girls, two of whom were subsequently charged for it.

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