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Mattel Scraps Always-On ‘Aristotle’ Monitor Amid Slew Of Privacy Concerns

Mattel Scraps Always-On ‘Aristotle’ Monitor Amid Slew Of Privacy Concerns

Facing a new wave of privacy questions from lawmakers, consumer advocates, and concerned parents, Mattel has decided that it won’t go ahead with its delayed launch of Aristotle, the always-listening kid monitor designed to track and learn about your child from birth through adolescence. [More]

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Verizon Gives Up, Decides It Doesn’t Want To Buy Comcast Or Charter After All

Ever since an openly business-friendly administration stepped into the White House, analysts and investors have been pushing for Verizon to merge with a cable/internet giant like Comcast or Charter. And the telecom titan’s CEO has even indicated his interest in a corporate marriage of convenience with a massive cable or media company. But now the company says it has no immediate plans to wed. [More]

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Abercrombie & Fitch Removing “For Sale” Sign From Its Bared, Chiseled Chest

Two months after Abercrombie & Fitch slapped a “for sale” sign on its tanned, muscled self, the retailer has decided not to sell itself after all. [More]

Comcast Backs Off On Threat To Sue Operators Of ‘Comcastroturf’

Comcast Backs Off On Threat To Sue Operators Of ‘Comcastroturf’

Comcast didn’t win over many people when it recently threatened legal action against Comcastroturf.com, a website created by net neutrality advocates to call attention to the trove of fake anti-neutrality comments filed with the FCC. After some reflection, Comcast has decided it won’t sue to take the website down. [More]

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New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates

Most of us stopped paying by-the-minute for phone calls years ago; a luxury that’s not available to the men and women in prison, where the few providers of phone service charge as much as $14/minute. The FCC’s efforts to cap these rates are currently being held up in court, and with a new business-friendly Chairman at the helm, the FCC has opted to not defend the very rules it came up with only 15 months ago. [More]

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NYC Mayor Ditches Plan To Curb Uber Expansion In The City

It seems Uber will get its way in New York City after all: Though Mayor Bill de Blasio was pushing for limits on how much the ride-hailing service and other for-hire vehicle companies could expand their fleets, city hall is now backing down from that plan amid backlash from Uber, Governor Andrew Cuomo and some famous folks.

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Marriott Gives Up For Now On Plan To Jam Guests’ Personal Wifi Hotspots

Marriott Gives Up For Now On Plan To Jam Guests’ Personal Wifi Hotspots

Marriott got a big fat fine from the FCC last year for illegally blocking customers’ personal wifi hotspots. The chain paid the fine, but doesn’t want another one. Their solution? Ask the FCC to make what they did legal going forward. But after widespread backlash from tech companies, customers, and basically everyone on the internet, Marriott is now backing away from the plan.

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