Smartphone glass vendor aids FBI sting against Huawei

A glass vendor has been on a twisty ride with Huawei, the FBI and claims that its intellectual property may have been stolen.
Face ID

Face ID has become a new tool for law enforcement

Face ID is supposed to help you keep the information in your iPhone safe, but now it seems it’s going to be more useful for law enforcement to get it

US carriers stop selling location data to brokers, but will for advertisers

The change in policies comes after an investigation into the security holes left open by data brokers that left every cellphone user open to tracking.

FCC investigating exploit in prison inmate location service used to track other people

Securus allows law enforcement to track prison inmates’ phone calls, but one sheriff abused a feature from software vendor Securus to track other people’s locations.
Huawei P20 Pro review

If Android is nixed, Huawei’s backup OS will not be as robust

If Huawei were ever to come into a “worst-case scenario” and be left without Android and Google’s services, would it still be able to compete?

Net neutrality isn’t exactly dead yet… | #PNWeekly 302 (Audio)

The Trump White House has yet to sign off on key aspects of the net neutrality repeal. Sprint and T-Mobile and merging… again… and more in our show!

Huawei now under Department of Justice eye for sanctions breach

A criminal investigation is looking into whether the Chinese tech manufacturer violated US trade sanctions by doing business in Iran.

As eSIM probe goes on, JP Morgan takes odds down for Sprint and T-Mobile merger

The Department of Justice is looking at whether AT&T and Verizon have colluded. As such, one bank analyst believes that the regulator’s view on the industry may negatively impact chances of a merger of the nation’s weakest major carriers.

Apple’s acquisition of Shazam under EU investigation for antitrust concerns

Regulators have questions about whether Apple will block user referrals to competing music services like Spotify and Google Play and whether it will have an unfair competitive advantage with the access to existing referral data.

US investigating AT&T and Verizon over eSIM, GSMA pauses its involvement

The GSMA has been working on a standard for embedded SIMs, which would allow users to switch carriers without the need to switch cards and would also get rid of carrier locking. Two carriers wanted to put the kibosh on that.

WHO purportedly increasing carcinogenic classification of wireless radiation this year

An investigation into the wireless industry’s campaign to squash scientific evidence of links between cell phone use and increased cancer risks is making waves.

Facebook CEO to be grilled in Congress as Instagram puts hammer down on API usage

Developers are noting the crackdown Instagram is taking to its API usage while parent company Facebook is walking towards the spotlight in DC.

Facebook takes focus off hardware in favor of data privacy tools

The social media company introduced single-page access to all of its privacy tools for users and is stepping off the gas pedal on a smart speaker, originally to be released in May.

FTC starts private investigation into Facebook privacy concerns

Among many of them is the fact that Facebook collected the metadata of Android users’ phone calls and text messages. The company says it was an opt-in procedure, but screenshots make the practice more vague than it seems.

US government stalls Qualcomm investor vote to look into Broadcom

Broadcom calls out Qualcomm for requesting an investigation into its acquisition campaign. These are two of the largest chipmakers in the wireless and mobile sectors.

Apple might be in trouble with US government agencies for iPhone performance throttling

The iPhone throttling scandal is far from over, as Apple still needs to answer questions from the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus

Both Apple and Samsung targeted by Italian antitrust probe into planned obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is starting to feel like company policy for Apple, and the main Italian antitrust authority may want to punish both Cupertino and Samsung for that.

China summons LeEco CEO to address debt, but he declines to go

Jia wants to work on an electric car-making joint venture in the United States, but the Chinese government wants to pull him back to pay his dues.

Qualcomm gets ITC to look at Apple sales ban

The two are fighting over a patent contract. One side says it’s been in place for decades and fuels everything tech. The other says it’s anti-competitive.

Samsung will globally live stream Galaxy Note 7 explanation event on January 23 (22 in US)

It’s officially official now – Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 investigations are over, with findings and a quality enhancement plan going public in a few days.

Reuters told that Galaxy Note 7 probe squarely blames faulty batteries

Contrary to information provided from a company source to a Korean outlet, the wire service is being told that a different main reason for the blasts.

Supposed Galaxy Note 7 autopsy leaked out a week early

An official said that the smartphone fell victim to feature overload, poor design for heat dispersion and unchecked thermal runaway.

Forget early Galaxy S8 release, as ongoing Note 7 investigation may actually hold it back

Don’t expect a Galaxy S8 debut before March or April, as Samsung will only green-light development after concluding Note 7 investigation.

Apparently, Samsung conducted pre-release Galaxy Note 7 battery testing in-house

It may not mean anything or it could be everything, but Samsung went through its own private labs for Galaxy Note 7 battery testing.

South Korean government probes into Galaxy Note 7 issue

Samsung is looking for the reason why it cannot sell the Galaxy Note 7. So is pretty much every government in the company’s major markets.