The FTC is suing AT&T for throttling its unlimited data customers. "Federal officials on Tuesday sued AT&T, the nation’s second-largest cellular carrier, for allegedly deceiving millions of customers by selling them supposedly 'unlimited' data plans that the company later 'throttled' by slowing Internet speeds when customers surfed the Web too much," Brian Fung and Craig Timberg report at the Switch.
Whirlpool’s “Internet of Things” problem: No one really wants a “smart” washing machine. "Connecting the web with the creature comforts of domestic life and suburbia remains one of the biggest intrigues for consumer giants wanting to jump on the next big thing," writes Drew Harwell for the Switch. But while manufacturers are enthusiastic about adding connectivity to household appliances, consumers aren't.
Mobile ISP Cricket was thwarting encrypted emails, researchers find. "Some customers of popular prepaid-mobile company Cricket were unable to send or receive encrypted e-mails for many months, according to security researchers, raising concerns that consumers may find that protecting their privacy is not always in their hands," reports the Switch's Nancy Scola.
Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying. Patrick Howell O'Neill at the Daily Dot reports on Verizon-funded tech news site SugarString, which apparently comes with a few strings attached. "In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today."