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Last Update on December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

IN THE NEWS: FEDS HIT SPRINT WITH CRAMMING ALLEGATIONS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's called "cramming" -- illegally billing wireless customers for unwanted charges for services provided by third-party companies. And federal regulators say Sprint is guilty of that. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it has sued Sprint for billing its customers for unauthorized charges. The agency says Sprint failed to keep close watch on what third-party companies were adding to its customers' bills. Some of the charges were as low as one-time fees of $0.99 to monthly subscriptions that cost $9.99 a month. Sprint got a cut out of the charges, too -- up to 40 percent of the revenue made from the charges.

IN THE NEWS: DISH TO PROVIDE NETFLIX

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's kind of like a worker at McDonald's handing you a coupon for Burger King. Dish Network is taking steps to make it easier for its customers to watch video from an online rival, Netflix. The satellite carrier is adding the Netflix app to its latest set-top boxes. The new Hopper recorders were released in February. The cost of Netflix isn't included. You still have to subscribe to the video streaming service separately.

 
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