Samsung has disclosed that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined it NT$300,000 (or about US$10,389) for an advertisement that featured “misleading” information about the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, reported Taiwanese news agency CNA (link via Google Translate).
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will pay a $22.5 million civil penalty to settle U.S. government charges that it skirted the privacy settings of millions of users of Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) Safari browser, the largest fine ever levied by the U.S.
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission handed Samsung a NT 10 million ($340,000) fine for undermining the reputation of HTC, which is based in Taiwan. According to the FTC, Samsung organized an Internet campaign praising their own phones while slamming HTC phones and is a violation of fair trade rules.
Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: RegulationThe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has fined Tiger Airways $110,000 for failing to unsubscribe customers from marketing emails.
Featured | Written by: Stephen Withers | Published in: DealsThe Sparrow email app for Mac and iOS had been attracting some attention along with generally positive feedback from users. But the acquisition of Sparrow by Google means development has come to an end, and only "minor maintenance and bug fixes" will be released.
There really isn’t much of a silver lining when looking at last week’s verdict that cost Samsung $12 billion in market value, but it could actually help Google. Google is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for antitrust violations when it comes to locking down search on Android smartphones and other applications.
One of the original architects of the Internet wants to remind us that privacy is a relatively new concept. “Privacy is something which has emerged out of the urban boom coming from the industrial revolution,” said Google's Chief Internet Evangelist and a lead engineer on the Army's early 1970′s Internet prototype, ARPANET.