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FTC: Companies can’t void your warranty if you break a seal (among other things)

There are plenty of gadgets that have shipped over the past few decades with a sticker that warns you that you’ll void your warranty if you remove or break it. The idea is to keep you from opening your laptop, game console, or other device to repair or replace parts on your own… or absolve […]

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Lenovo agrees to pay $3.5 million fine for Superfish, promises not to do it again

A few years after Lenovo was caught pre-installing adware on computers without informing customers, the company has reached a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission and 32 state attorneys general from across the United States. Among other things, Lenovo will pay $3.5 million, get consent from customers before installing any similar software in the […]

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Chromebooks in half of all K-12 classroom computers, for better or worse

Google’s Chromebooks now make up more half of all devices in US kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms, according to a report from CNBC, citing an analyst from Forrester research. Just three years ago, Chromebooks had less than a one percent share. Why the big jump? Forrester figures it’s due to a combination of security tools, […]

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FTC wants to protect you from Kickstarter fraud

There’s always some risk involved in backing a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or another platform that lets folks with an idea seek crowdsourced funding to turn it into reality. Some folksĀ bite off more than they can chew and never manage to build the products they’d hoped to create. Others over-promise and under-deliver. And some […]

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FTC fines TracFone $40 million for throttling “unlimited” data

The Federal Trade Commission is ordering US wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million as a penalty for promising “unlimited” data to customers, but then throttling connection speeds or canceling service altogether after customers use more than a certain amount of data. The FTC isn’t saying that there’s anything wrong with throttling data or terminating […]