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Articles by Thomas Mocarsky

AT&T to activate FM radio chips in future mobile phones

July 28, 2015 11:43 am

The radio industry posted a big win in its campaign to get carriers to activate the FM radio chip built into most mobile phones. AT&T agreed Tuesday to specify that the FM chip be activated in Android phones manufactured in 2016 and beyond, according to NextRadio and TagStation, the [...]

Industry groups push Congress for access to government spectrum

July 28, 2015 11:16 am

Once the Federal Communications Commission wraps up the broadcast incentive auction, now tentatively planned to begin March 29, 2016, there is no other spectrum in the pipeline that can be transferred to commercial mobile services. That’s triggered increasing pressure on Congress to free [...]

Over-the-top video firms push back against FCC MVPD rule making

July 27, 2015 3:07 pm

The nation’s biggest online video distributors would rather the Federal Communications Commission not do them any favors by regulating over the top services like cable. Representatives from Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple, companies that haven’t been regulated by the FCC, have been [...]

Radio industry settles lawsuit with SESAC performing rights org

July 23, 2015 5:21 pm

The Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which represents most of the commercial radio stations in the U.S., has reached a settlement in its three-year-old lawsuit against SESAC, a performing rights organization which represent 400,000 songs on behalf of 30,000 members. The lawsuit, filed in the [...]

Zombie apps are next challenge in mobile ad fraud cleanup efforts

July 23, 2015 2:35 pm

Just days after the Trustworthy Accountability Group inked a deal with Google to swat back fraudulent ad clicks generated by data centers on behalf of unscrupulous publishers, an ad fraud detection and prevention company has revealed the scope of a new type of ad fraud. Forensiq has reported [...]

Sen. Franken endorses calls for Apple Music inquiry

July 22, 2015 2:56 pm

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has joined in the calls for a federal investigation of the business practices of Apple Music. In a letter sent Wednesday to the heads of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Franken pointed to the 30 percent commission that Apple takes on the [...]
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