FTC broadsides T-Mobile over “bogus charges”
The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 per cent of the total amount mis-charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip that typically cost $9.99 per month. According to the FTC’s complaint, T-Mobile in some cases continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent.
Orange drops French telecoms deal-making plans
Orange has ditched plans to take part in any tie-ups in the French telecoms market, the former monopoly said on Wednesday. Orange said in May it was examining what role it could play in such deal-making, and sources told Reuters that it had held informal talks with third-place mobile operator Bouygues Telecom.
Gigaclear target 50,000 UK rural homes for one Fbps FTTP broadband by 2015
Rural-focused fibre optic (FTTP) broadband ISP Gigaclear has secured private investment worth £7.75 million to help fund the next phase of its growth and a roll-out of 1000 Mbps (Megabits per second) capable Internet access into more areas, which could reach 15,000 premises by the end of 2015 and go much further in the future.
PayPal freezes, then restores account of crowdfunded secure email startup
A secure email startup that has raised more than $328,000 on crowdfunding website Indiegogo saw its PayPal account frozen, then restored this week. Swiss company ProtonMail has been raising money for its encrypted email service since 17 June, having far exceeded its initial goal of $100,000. PayPal is one of the main ways backers can pledge to its campaign.
Government and OU deliver cyber security course
The UK government and the Open University (OU) have partnered to deliver an online cyber security course. Natalie Black, the deputy director of cyber defence at the Cabinet Office, introduced the education programme at the opening tour of Bletchley Park yesterday. According to Black, the aim is to introduce 200,000 people to subject and educate them.
New 42m Government fund for British tech entrepreneurs
The Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency – has revealed its ‘Delivery Plan’ for 2014-15 which outlines £42m for digital technologies. The plan outlines the Board’s priorities to ‘develop and nurture the very best of British entrepreneurial talent’.
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Mobile advertising to overtake print
A report, from eMarketer, indicates that mobile ad spending in the UK continues to show significant growth and is expected to rise 96 per cent this year to just over £2 billion ($3.16 billion), up from more than £1.03 billion ($1.61 billion) in 2013.
Facebook faces ICO questions over ‘social experiment’
Facebook is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office over its social study on users, to see whether it has broken UK data protection laws. According to a report in the FT, the ICO is probing the experiment, but said it is too early to tell whether the social network has potentially broken any laws.
Google acquires music streaming service Songza
Online search giant Google has acquired streaming music service Songza as it attempts to ramp up its fledgling online music service. Songza creates “expert-curated” music playlists intended to match users’ activities and tastes and the four-year-old service is expected to remain unchanged following the acquisition.
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