AT&T Plans to Fire 7,000 People Despite Tax Breaks, Net Neutrality Repeal – This Week in Tech – 01/13/2019

AT&T Plans to Fire 7,000 People Despite Tax Breaks, Net Neutrality Repeal

When the GOP passed tax reform in 2017, the party justified its corporate tax cuts with claims that the reductions would boost US employment, wages, and the overall economy. The FCC similarly justified its repeal of net neutrality by arguing that the onerous regulation of wireless and wireline service was hampering innovation, imposing ruinous costs, and generally harming the telcos, ISPs, and cellular service providers in the United States…


Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can’t Delete Facebook

Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones, users aren’t allowed to delete the Facebook app…


Despite Promises to Stop, US Cell Carriers Are Still Selling Your Real-Time Phone Location Data

Last year, four of the largest U.S. cell carriers were caught selling and sending real-time location data of their customers to shady companies that sold it on to big spenders, who would use the data to track anyone “within seconds” for whatever reason they wanted…


Consumer Protection Websites Are Down Due to the Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown stretches into the record for longest shutdown ever, key websites run by the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission are still down, leaving consumers more vulnerable…


AT&T Gets Burned by Rivals Over Its Fake 5G Network

When AT&T admitted that its new 5G network was actually regular old 4G LTE with a fresh logo, the internet was having none of it. It might have become a trend among wireless operators, but fortunately Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have also given their rival the gears…


There’s a Simple Reason Your New Smart TV Was So Affordable: It’s Collecting and Selling Your Data

Massive TVs with razor-thin frames, brilliant image quality, and built-in streaming services are more affordable than ever thanks to companies like Vizio and TCL…


Feds Can’t Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules

A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision…

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