Engadget: US carriers say they’ve stopped selling location data. “You might not have to worry quite so much about carriers selling your phone location data to less-than-diligent third parties. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) have provided responses to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s request for an update on the practice, with all four saying they’d halted sales to aggregators sometime after promising to do so back in June 2018. “
Ars Technica: Refunds for 300 million phone users sought in lawsuits over location-data sales. “The four major US wireless carriers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits accusing them of violating federal law by selling their customers’ real-time location data to third parties. The complaints seeking class action status and financial damages were filed last week against AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in US District Court for the District of Maryland.”
The Verge: Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential. “Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr, the blogging platform it acquired along with other Yahoo assets in 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon has approached other companies in recent weeks that could be potential new homes for Tumblr. The platform hosts 465.4 million blogs and 172 billion posts, according to its about page. The Journal notes that the sale process ‘is ongoing’ and might not result in any transaction.”
KWCH: Verizon releases tool to block robo-calls. “Robo-callers will soon be asking ‘Can you hear me now?’ — when trying to reach Verizon customers. The largest wireless provider in the country released a new tool aimed at filtering those annoying automated calls.”
The Register: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don’t believe them. “US cellphone networks have promised – again – that they will stop selling records of their subscribers’ whereabouts to anyone willing to cough up cash.” I don’t believe them either.
Verizon: Introducing Verizon Media Group . “I’m excited today to share that beginning January 8, 2019, Verizon Media Group will replace the Oath brand, representing our strong alignment as a core pillar of Verizon’s business.” If I had to take a $4.6 billion markdown on my Yahoo-AOL properties, I’d probably change the name too.
CNET: Verizon takes $4.6 billion write-down on Oath . “Verizon said Tuesday the integration of Yahoo and AOL has achieved lower-than-expected benefits. As a result, Verizon expects to record a goodwill impairment charge of about $4.6 billion in the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.” As the article notes, Yahoo’s original purchase price was $4.83 billion.