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AT&T to Pay $60 Million Settlement Over Accusations of Data Throttling

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According to an FTC press release, the $60 million that AT&T is set to pay as part of the settlement will be used to issue partial refunds to victims of its alleged data-throttling scheme who signed up for unlimited plans before 2011. (The agency noted that those customers won’t need to file a formal claim to receive their partial refund.) Additionally, the company will be required to provide clear and prominent disclosures about its mobile data plans and any associated restrictions on those plans. – Catie Keck, Gizmodo » http://gizmo.do/iK6uxS5

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‘Panama Papers’ Attorneys Sue Netflix to Block Release of ‘The Laundromat’

The lawsuit alleges that the film inaccurately ties the law firm to Russian gangsters and other criminal activity. The attorneys fear the film will inspire Panamanian prosecutors to investigate further, and could taint a potential jury pool if charges are brought in New York. – Gene Maddaus, Variety » https://trib.al/XTSaUwb [photo: Netflix]

Court rules the FCC can’t block state net neutrality laws

The FCC has won a key bid to uphold its repeal of net neutrality, but at a significant cost. A federal appeals court handling a Mozilla complaint has ruled that most of the repeal can stand, but that the FCC had “not shown legal authority” to ban states from implementing their own laws. The regulator was trying to “categorically abolish” states’ established power to regulate communications within their borders, according to the court. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://engt.co/2oWgXl0 [photo:Orin Zebest/Flickr]

A Dutch YouTuber and his friend were arrested and jailed when they tried getting near Area 51

The two pleaded guilty to trespassing and illegal parking, both misdemeanors, Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia said. They were sentenced to a year in jail. But that sentence was suspended and the two will spend a total of three days in the county jail if they pay a fine of $2,280 each on Thursday — when they’re scheduled to be released. – Christina Maxouris, CNN » https://cnn.it/30vaw5A

AT&T sued for allegedly inflating DirecTV Now numbers with fake accounts

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The suit – which was filed by investor law firms Pomerantz and Labaton Sucharow in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York – accuses AT&T of lying to investors about the success of its virtual MVPD. It called AT&T TV Now “unreliable and prone to technical flubs, was of only marginal interest to AT&T customers, and, in a misguided attempt to compete with other content providers, was priced so low that it could not generate meaningful revenue to the company.” – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2AuaccA

Trump Wants the Government to Investigate Obama’s Netflix Deal

It’s not clear why Trump might think Obama’s post-presidency ventures are worth investigating. But they have proven lucrative: The former president and former first lady Michelle Obama inked the reportedly “high-8-figure” deal with Netflix and a joint book deal reportedly worth $65 million. The Obamas have launched a number of projects with Netflix already, including a documentary about a factory opening in Ohio and a drama about post-WWII New York. – Tim Marcin, VICE News » https://ift.tt/30ltmvV

TV Giants Say Forcing Cable Companies to Sell “À La Carte” Violates First Amendment

One law, L.D. 832, attempts to force cable operators into providing the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, on an individual basis. Meaning, not only would citizens of Maine have the ability to say “yes” to ESPN while saying “no” to ESPN2, but they’d have the ability, for example, to only purchase NFL Monday Night Football without any of ESPN’s other shows. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2LRArPA
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