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Apple Agrees to Mammoth eBook Settlement

Apple Agrees to Mammoth eBook Settlement 276x300 Apple Agrees to Mammoth eBook SettlementNotwithstanding the company’s adamant claims that it didn’t conspire with some of the world’s leading publishers to fix eBook prices, Apple on Wednesday agreed to a whopping $450 million settlement.

The settlement should bring to an end the U.S. state and consumer allegations that the venerable Mac maker was involved in some eBook funny business.

The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws.

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FTC Takes Aim at Amazon

FTC Takes Aim at Amazon 300x193 FTC Takes Aim at AmazonThe U.S. Federal Trade Commission is setting its sights on Amazon. And, as a result, the world’s leading online retailer and fast-emerging mobile player may be forced to pay a hefty penalty.

As it turns out, Amazon may have been processing millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases from mobile apps that took advantage of young audiences.
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Casino Marketers in Pennsylvania May Have Reason for Excitement

Casino Marketers in Pennsylvania May Have Reason for Excitement 300x168 Casino Marketers in Pennsylvania May Have Reason for ExcitementHistory was made in the state of Pennsylvania last week, mGamingWatch reports, as state senator Edwin B. Erickson officially introduced a bill that could usher in the era of regulated online gambling in Pennsylvania.

SB 1386 was sent to the Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee last Tuesday.

If passed into law, the bill will let Pennsylvania secure interactive gaming agreements with other US states where online gambling is currently regulated and legal. As of this writing, those territories are limited to just three other states – New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada.

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Evidence Shows that Path Violated TCPA with Mobile SPAM

Evidence Shows that Path Violated TCPA with Mobile SPAM Evidence Shows that Path Violated TCPA with Mobile SPAMThe US District Court of Illinois recently rejected the dismissal argument that Path, the social networking service, put on the table, costing them the first round in their mobile spam lawsuit.

The company has been accused of sending SMS messages to consumers without first inviting them to join their service, and the recent ruling to toss their dismissal argument allows the class-action lawsuit filed by Illinois resident Kevin Sterk to proceed.

Filed in March 2013, Sterk’s complaint alleges that the social networking service violated TCPA laws by sending SMS ads using auto dialers without first getting permission from recipients. In his complaint Sterk alleges that an unsolicited text was sent to him by Path telling him that another Path user wanted to show him photos on the service’s website, and that the same message also had a link to that website with instructions on how to register and join.

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Sprint Slapped with Massive FCC Fine for Do-Not-Call Violations

Sprint Slapped with Massive FCC Fine for Do Not Call Violations 300x166 Sprint Slapped with Massive FCC Fine for Do Not Call ViolationsThings are likely so quiet at Sprint today that you can probably hear a pin drop.

This week, Sprint Corp. was ordered to pay a $7.5 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The penalty comes in response to supposed violations of the Do-Not-Call rule.

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The Ongoing Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies

The Ongoing Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies 300x168 The Ongoing Net Neutrality Debate IntensifiesHaving an even online playing field is an ongoing topic of conversation – okay, more like fierce debate – when it comes to content companies paying for preferential treatment.

While paying for preferential treatment is common in many practices, in the online world it holds the potential for completely shutting out startups because they can’t compete with the major players that currently dominate the market. Consequently, the FCC has been looking at net neutrality in an effort to set rules that will help prevent discrimination.

While the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules have not yet been issued, the Wall Street Journal reported that they are planning on creating a two-tiered system designed to “better serve the market.” This announcement came as quite a shock to many, as it seems counterintuitive to net neutrality. Apparently “commercially reasonable” terms can be negotiated to provide paid for preferential treatment.

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The Market for Mobile Sports Wagering is Growing

The Market for Mobile Sports Wagering is Growing The Market for Mobile Sports Wagering is GrowingAccording to a new report from our sister site mGamingWatch, tech company CG Technology and Logrand Group, a Mexico-based entertainment and gaming operator, have signed an agreement for CG Technology to license its sports book system.

The system in question includes mobile sports wagering, back end account management, and wallet functions at eight Logrand Group casinos in Mexico.

Under the terms of this agreement, Logrand Group will be able to utilize CG Technology’s software in additional locations as their business expands.

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