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Check yo' mail: Settlement checks for the 2016 Pixel microphone lawsuit are landingYou might have a $500 check waiting in the mailbox

If you filed a claim in the lawsuit against Google for the 2016 Pixel's microphone woes, then you might want to check the mail today. Settlement checks have started to arrive in quantities up to $500, depending on your claim.

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Huawei sues U.S. government, claiming equipment and services ban is unconstitutional (Update: Lawsuit rejected)

In the never-ending Huawei saga, the Chinese company has decided to file a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against the U.S. government for the latter's ban on the sale of equipment or services to government entities. Huawei asserts that said ban is unconstitutional.

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US reportedly looking into cutting off Huawei from access to chip suppliersReuters reports the proposed change has been drafted but not yet approved

The drama between the U.S. government and Huawei is unending. Following last week's racketeering charges against the company and its CFO, Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Government may force foreign chip manufacturers, including companies like TSMC, to seek a U.S. License before doing business with Huawei. In effect, this would allow the U.S. to block the shipment of phone-critical components to Huawei.

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Huawei charged with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets in the USThe company is indicted on 16 counts in all, with CFO Meng Wanzhou named as a defendant

The Huawei drama here in the 'states isn't over yet. A grand jury in the US has just charged Huawei with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets, all among 16 charges included in its indictment. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, still undergoing the slow process of extradition to the US from Canada, is specifically named as a defendant in the indictment.

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The FTC is looking into Google's acquisitions over the last decadeAmazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are all under the microscope

The FTC has decided to look into some past acquisitions made by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft, going back to 2010, asking them now to provide information that wasn't previously required under existing anti-trust regulations. The Commission claims it wants to deepen its understanding of these sorts of smaller acquisitions to better determine if they could be preventing competition in previously unanticipated ways, though it doesn't currently claim any of the companies involved were engaging in anti-competitive behavior.

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U.S. government claims Huawei has compromised law enforcement back doors in phone networksI thought the U.S. wanted back doors in phone networks 🤔

The battle between Huawei and the U.S. government over spying allegations shows no signs of stopping. Last month, the Department of Commerce attempted to place more trade limits on Huawei, and now the federal government is claiming Huawei has back doors in various cell networks across the world.

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US district court approves merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, denying claims brought by states

The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved by the US Federal District Court, following a suit brought by several US states meant to halt the process. After the ruling, T-Mobile announced that it's beginning the "final steps" to complete the merger, and Sprint's stock is up over 70% at the time of writing.

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FCC reveals its plan to free up old satellite TV spectrum for 5G

Late last year, the FCC said that it was going to open up access to a whole chunk of valuable but poorly utilized spectrum in the so-called "C-band" for 5G use, repurposing frequencies currently used (read: mostly wasted) by American satellite service providers. Today the FCC has announced the details behind that plan. Though the particulars are subject to change, the move would free up a sizable 280MHz for a future auction, and the FCC says satellite providers are even on board with the decision.

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Facebook's iffy past practices with facial recognition just cost it $550 million

While governments worldwide are starting to add facial recognition software to public cameras, Facebook has settled its long-term legal dispute concerning its use of this technology to tag people in photos uploaded to its platform. The company has agreed to pay $550 million to a group of plaintiffs from Illinois who argued the network didn't seek their consent when it first started the practice in 2011.

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US files lawsuits against handful of robocalling companies for targeting the 'elderly and vulnerable'

The US Justice Department has filed lawsuits against a handful of companies and individuals, accusing them of facilitating hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls. The suits accuse the companies of causing "elderly and vulnerable victims" serious financial harm.

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