News Scan: FTC files complaint against Amazon over in-app purchases; TSMC ships first chips to Apple; more

>> FTC files complaint against Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases by kids

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against Amazon, alleging that the company charged consumers millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases made by children without parental consent. The FTC wants Amazon to refund all of the unauthorized charges, one-third of which Amazon pocketed. "Amazon's in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents' accounts without permission. Even Amazon's own employees recognized the serious problem its process created," says FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement. Read more

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>> Mobile site redirects add more than 8 seconds to e-retailers' page loading time

Inefficiencies in mobile site redirects add more than 8 seconds to the page loading process for top e-retailers, according to research by cloud-based e-commerce service provider Yottaa. More than one-third of the top retailers' mobile sites redirect users two or more times before beginning to load, and 10 percent of the top Internet retail sites redirects users three or more times, Yottaa finds. Mobile sites with four redirects make users wait more than 16 seconds until a site renders, it adds. Read more

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>> Apple's CarPlay to be installed in 24M cars in 2019, says ABI

Apple's CarPlay will be installed in more than 24 million cars in 2019, predicts ABI Research. So far this year, a number of car makers have announced plans to add CarPlay in their vehicles--Ford, BMW, Audi, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan and Volvo. "Many believe Apple is creating further fragmentations and a ripple effect in the industry by not being open. However, love it or hate it, with Apple on the scene it certainly draws greater attention to in-car apps and now with the Android Auto standard on the scene both will certainly drive adoption of in-car apps," says Filomena Berardi, senior analyst at ABI. Read more

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>> VoLTE drives IMS deployments, says Infonetics

Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is the top driver for IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) deployments, but VoLTE still faces challenges, including a limited number of compatible handsets and a weak business case, according to a survey of carriers by Infonetics Research. Most carriers say they will deploy VoLTE by 2016, up from only 3 percent today. "It'll be tough to justify spending capital on a new network for just voice that represents flat-to-declining revenue, requiring providers to look well beyond running voice over IMS," says Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC, and IMS at Infonetics. Read more

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>> TSMC ships first chips to Apple

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has begun shipping mobile processors for Apple as part of an effort by Cupertino to diversify its supplier base, The Wall Street Journal reports. TSMC began shipping the chips in the second quarter, according to sources consulted by the newspaper. The two firms also planned to cooperate on developing more advanced chips in 2015, one source says. Read more

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