FTC to Take a Gander at Amazon's Discount Pricing Practices

The FTC reportedly is looking into Amazon’s discount pricing practices in response to a complaint filed by Consumer Watchdog over the company’s pending $14 billion purchase of the Whole Foods grocery chain. “Asking informal questions about issues potentially related to a corporate acquisition is a natural part of the FTC review process,” observed Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. That said, it might be worth considering whether Consumer Watchdog’s allegations might be a shield for politically motivated actions by the FTC, he added.

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Kaspersky Accuses Microsoft of Unfairly Disabling Its Antivirus


Kaspersky recently accused Microsoft of unfair practices for the way it deletes the company’s antivirus during Windows updates. The Russian company has now filed a number of regulatory complaints.

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Microsoft faces new class-action lawsuit over its Windows 10 upgrade policy


Microsoft is facing another class-action lawsuit for its upgrade practices related to Windows 10.

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Intelligence-Driven Supply Chain Resilience

Information security practices are undergoing a transformation. For at least a decade, environments have been becoming less perimeter-centric: Gone are the good old days when in-line controls protected the trusted, safe interior from the “wild west” of the outside. As environments become more complex and externalized, the traditional “perimeter” loses meaning. Moreover, as attackers themselves become more sophisticated, security teams increasingly need to expect that the internal environment is compromised already.

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Despite Intense Scrutiny, Uber Lays Another Egg

Already under the microscope for claims of sexual harassment and questionable labor practices, Uber said it would ban the use of a controversial technology to block regulatory authorities from monitoring its operations. The company’s “greyballing” technology is designed to hide the standard city app view in specific cases — for example, from former riders blocked for being abusive. However, some drivers have used it to circumvent local regulators, a practice that Uber no longer will allow, according to Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.

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Report: Apple Shares Unencrypted iMessage Metadata With Cops

Apple last week faced renewed scrutiny for its data-sharing practices, following a report that it retains iMessage metadata and shares it with law enforcement when presented with a court order. The company for months has insisted that it would not share data that would jeopardize the privacy and trust of its millions of customers. iMessage encryption does prevent Apple from accessing the actual content of conversations, but the company maintains phone logs that contain a range of information for up to 30 days.

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Former Apple engineer can't get a job at the Genius Bar

Questions are being asked of Apple’s hiring practices after a highly respected former engineer at the tech giant was turned down for a job at Apple’s Genius Bar.

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Microsoft slapped with class-action lawsuits over Windows 10 upgrade practices

Microsoft is facing class-action lawsuits related to its Windows 10 upgrade practices — one from within the US, and one from Israel.

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Microsoft faces French fines over Windows 10 data collection

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The French have warned Microsoft to patch up its telemetry and data-gathering practices within three months or start paying fines. Many of the issues highlighted are problems US users have complained about, but it’s not clear what Microsoft intends to change.

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Apple begins collecting ResearchKit data to further platform integration

Article Image In a change to its data collection practices, Apple is now listing itself as a “secondary” researcher on two active ResearchKit studies, allowing the company to skim anonymized data in efforts to improve its health technology platform.

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Why your doctor won't 'friend' you on Facebook

Doctors’ practices are increasingly trying to reach their patients online. But don’t expect your doctor to “friend” you on Facebook — at least, not just yet.

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Verizon’s false promises: 75Mbit required for Netflix, “unlimited” FiOS subject to data limits

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Verizon has been hit by a pair of bad practices and false claims regarding its FiOS service. Net neutrality or not, old anti-consumer habits die hard.

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Case Study: Software Security Pays Off for Heartland

Heartland Payment Systems has successfully leveraged software-assurance tools and best practices to drive better security within its IT organization — and improve its overall business performance. In this podcast, Ashwin Altekar, director of enterprise risk management at Heartland, shares his insights and knowledge with Amir Hartman, the founder and managing director at MainStay. They discuss how Heartland has improved governance results across the organization, thanks to both security best practices and HP’s Fortify tools.

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