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Wireless industry unveils 'kill switch' anti-theft plan

The wireless industry is launching a new effort to crack down on cellphone theft.

CTIA-The Wireless Association, a trade group, launched the voluntary campaign on Tuesday with commitments from Apple, Google, Samsung and the four national service carriers, among others. The effort comes as state and local lawmakers consider calls for mandatory "kill switches" on phones.


FTC challenger remains defiant over charges

The head of a medical lab charged with letting thieves steal patient data is refusing to back down from his fight against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

A court’s decision this month to allow the FTC to pursue similar charges against the Wyndham hotel chain shouldn’t have much impact on LabMD’s campaign against the regulator, CEO Michael Daugherty said on Tuesday. He pledged to continue fighting the “bullies” at the agency to prevent them from regulating companies’ data security without explicit regulations.


Washington Post backs Comcast merger

The Washington Post editorial board is calling on the Obama administration to approve and then closely monitor Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

"The government’s smartest move is not to block the merger, but to make clear that regulators will respond if big industry players begin to violate basic principles of market fairness," the board wrote.