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FTC: Apple to Refund Kids' in App Purchases

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January 15, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission has announced that Apple will pay full refunds to consumers, a minimum of $32.5 million, to settle a complaint the company charged millions of dollars for purchases made in kid's mobile apps without parents' consent. (Jan. 15)


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Google Won't Call Games With In-App Add-Ons Free, Apple Will

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Starbucks to Roll Out App Update in Effort to Fix Security Flaw

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