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T-Mobile agrees to $90M settlement over federal mobile cramming allegations

Federal officials alleged that the company charged customers millions of dollars for third-party subscriptions or services such as horoscopes, love tips and celebrity gossip that they never ordered or authorized. 

Iowa government to adopt mobile-based driver's license

In 2015, the Iowa Department of Transportation will allow residents to use a mobile-based digital driver's license as an official driver's license. Rather than using a physical identification card, Iowa law enforcement plan to accept a smartphone app during traffic stops.

Google to pay customers refunds after FTC OKs order alleging unfair billing practices

Google will start contacting customers, whose children made unauthorized in-app purchases on Android devices, about potential refunds after federal regulators last week approved a final order regarding unfair billing practices.

WhatsApp jumping on mobile encryption bandwagon

On the heels of action by Google and Apple, yet another mobile messaging technology is expanding its use of encryption to protect user information – a move that has drawn criticism from law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform WhatsApp is working with Open Whisper Systems to provide end-to-end encryption, according to a  blog post.

CDT says mobile app developers should consider privacy as equal rights issue

Mobile app developers need to consider equal treatment of users' privacy needs as much as privacy itself, according to a recent blog post from the Center for Democracy and Technology.

New fed app helps mobile users find critical info during severe storms, power outages

A new Energy Department-developed app gives smartphone users the ability to find fuel and look up power outages during extreme weather events. It's part of the Obama administration's efforts to help people become more prepared.

Governmentwide models, policy templates needed to advance federal mobility, says report

Agency mobility efforts would benefit from shared models and templates that are approved and endorsed by the federal chief information officer and CIO council, according to a whitepaper (pdf) published by the MITRE Corporation and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.

Medical supplies are just a text away with new Peace Corps app

A new mobile application will help Peace Corps volunteers keep medical supplies stocked and establish a more efficient resupply process for overseas medical staff. It was challenging for volunteers working in remote locations to request medical supplies and overseas medical staff were spending up to eight hours a week responding to requests via email, phone and text.

Ohio man pleads guilty to scheme of selling pirated copies of Android mobile apps

A 28-year-old Ohio man admitted Nov. 3 that he participated in a scheme to distribute more than a million pirated copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications, worth more than $1.7 million, the Justice Department said.

Cyber threats, malware escalating for Android mobile device users, says joint Kapersky-Interpol report

More than 98 percent of mobile cyber threats target Android mobile device users, with about 175,000 new unique malicious programs detected in the first half of 2014 alone, according to a new joint Kapersky Lab and Interpol report released Oct. 6.