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1 Billion Android phones vulnerable to new Stagefright bugs

Two new bugs, dubbed Stagefright 2.0 have impacted up to one billion Android phones since 2008. When the bugs are triggered, they allow attackers to use booby-trapped audio or video files to put malicious code on the phones....more

Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay: Where’s Your Wallet?

Last week Samsung launched its mobile payments app to compete with ApplePay and Android Pay, with much anticipation among technology bloggers. A few Technorati rushed to try the application so they could compare and contrast...more

FTC Addresses Sharing Economy Following June Workshop

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently made statements regarding regulation of the developing “sharing economy” exemplified by on-demand apps and websites such as Uber and Airbnb that connect sellers of a...more

Second Chance to File Oppositions to CTIA Challenge

In its June 2015 Lifeline Order on Reconsideration, the FCC adopted a new rule which requires ETCs to retain documentation demonstrating subscriber eligibility for Lifeline, such as a copy of the applicant’s food stamp card...more

Congress Grabs Reins on Spectrum

Nowhere is the opportunity greater to promote broadband deployment than in the wireless sector. As our society increasingly goes mobile, devices that were once limited to voice have become major conduits for access to...more

Getting Hammered: California Trial Court Finds for E*Trade in Long-Running Misappropriation Case Where Plaintiff Destroyed the...

In a fifteen-year tale of how not to protect your emerging company’s trade secrets when dealing with the big fish, on September 16, 2015, a California trial court denied a company’s bid for royalties for technology...more

Boston’s MBTA joins the bluetooth beacon bus –it will now track the movement of its riders

If you don’t think you are being tracked as you move around Target or Macy’s or even through a local museum, you must not have a smartphone. Many companies are now using beacons –or stationary devices that measure the...more

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites

Localities Should Contact the Governor Immediately to Urge a Veto - A bill that would “deem approved” applications for new wireless facilities in certain circumstances was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday for his...more

Internet of Things – Security

In a recent article we discussed the growth of wirelessly interconnected devices and the transformative impact it will have for business and more broadly on our lives. In that article we broadly highlighted some of the key...more

Leveling the Playing Field: Mobile Location Analytics

As brick-and-mortar retailers face increasing challenges to compete with their online counterparts, a new tool is helping to level the playing field: mobile location analytics. Traditionally, online retailers have had an...more

Medical Device Cybersecurity: Maybe Dick Cheney Was Not So Paranoid After All

Dick Cheney famously disclosed a few years ago that he had the wireless function of his pacemaker disconnected while he was Vice President because he was concerned that hackers might fiddle with the device remotely and do him...more

FCC Proposes Reform of Radiofrequency Equipment Authorization Rules

Faced with the rapid growth of increasingly complex wireless products, the FCC proposes to upgrade its equipment authorization program to prevent harmful interference without stifling innovation and product development....more

Why Federal and State Agencies are Considering Converting from a “Gallons Consumed” to a “Road Usage” Tax – And What are the Risks...

This Change, It’s a Coming (Maybe) - Many states and the federal government are seriously considering converting from a “gallons consumed” tax levy to a “miles driven” program for determining gasoline tax. There are...more

FCC Public Notice Provides Details for Incentive Auction

As noted in our recent advisory on this subject, the FCC adopted procedures for next year’s scheduled incentive auction at its open meeting on Aug. 6. The FCC has now released the details in a 156-page Public Notice,...more

Reed Smith Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation in Sprint False Claims Act Appeal

On July 21, 2015, Reed Smith LLP, on behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (“IPT”), filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in People of the State of New York, ex rel. Empire State...more

Markman Ruling Construes “Network” Rejecting Parties' Proposals

Plaintiff Microwave Vision, SA (“Microwave Vision”), owner of U.S. Patent No. 7,443,170 (the “‘170 Patent”), brought an action for patent infringement along with MVG Industries, SAS, and MVG, Inc. (collectively “Plaintiffs”)...more

FCC Proposing to Further Streamline Equipment Authorizations

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on several proposals to update and modify the rules governing the procedures Radiofrequency...more

US Federal Communications Commission’s Recent Order Expands Potential Liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for...

“This Order will make abuse of the TCPA much, much easier. And the primary beneficiaries will be trial lawyers, not the American public.” That’s what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had to say in his dissent from the FCC’s recent...more

This Is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile: Car Hacking and the SPY Car Act

Not coincidentally, on July 21, 2015, Wired Magazine published an article with groundbreaking evidence of hacking a car wirelessly, and Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation...more

An Oft-Forgotten Detail in Infrastructure Deals – Telecom Licenses

Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from energy to transportation, depends upon telecommunications for safe and efficient operation. The facilities that provide such communications services generally are proprietary...more

TCPA News: Businesses May be Liable to New Owners of Previously-Opted-In Mobile Numbers

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission issued a 138-page Declaratory Ruling and Order approving nearly two dozen proposals to the rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

FCC becomes another active regulator over data security through $3.5M settlement with two telecom companies

The FCC has announced that it will receive a settlement payment of $3.5 million from two telecommunications companies—TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America for allegations around the companies’ failure to safeguard customers’...more

TracFone Settles Handset Unlocking Proceeding

On July 1, 2015, TracFone Wireless, Inc. reached a settlement with the FCC concerning an investigation into TracFone’s handset locking and unlocking practices. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau had been investigating whether...more

Has the Supreme Court signaled the end of invalidity opinion letters?

On May 26, 2015, in the case of Commil USA, LLC v. CISCO Systems, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question of whether a good-faith belief that a patent is invalid shields a party from committing induced...more

Court Denies Motion To Compel Arbitration, Finding Terms Of Agreement To Arbitrate Inadequately Disclosed

A New York district court denied defendant Gogo LLC and Gogo Inc. (collectively “Gogo”) motions to transfer venue, compel arbitration, and dismiss for lack of standing in a lawsuit relating to internet...more

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