ACT | The App Association’s 2019 Summer App Guide

BBQ invites are rolling in, plans for road trips are being made, and the smell of SPF is everywhere. You know what that means: SUMMERTIME! We assembled our top eight seasonally app-ropriate apps that can cool you down, help plan your trips, and keep kids’ brains engaged and entertained during the summer months. P.S. Enjoy the tunes (first link in each entry) while you scroll! Cool for the summer – Whether you’re at the amusement park, on the beach, or [...]

America Needs a Weatherproof Plan for 5G

Without broadband, there is no app economy. However, the United States has a big problem: broadband is in short supply in many areas throughout the country. A conservative estimate cites that 23 million Americans do not have broadband. Rural areas, of course, are carrying the brunt of the broadband shortage. Given that many app developers live and operate in rural areas, expediting 5G deployment is essential to their growth. In the advent of 5G, developers will leverage those wireless networks [...]

Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) antitrust enforcement case against Qualcomm

In a highly-anticipated decision in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) antitrust enforcement case against Qualcomm, U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh found that Qualcomm’s licensing practices clearly violate U.S. antitrust law and rejected U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim’s newfangled legal theory that competition law has no role in addressing the abuse of standard-essential patents (SEPs). Judge Koh’s decision provides much-needed certainty for any stakeholder as to the role of U.S. competition law in protecting [...]

ePrivacy and eEvidence in the EU: An Update

Data protection and the right to privacy are two given rights enshrined within the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a first attempt to ensure European citizens’ data is handled and processed in line with these fundamental rights. Two proposed regulations in the European Union (EU)—“Privacy and Electronic Communications” (ePrivacy) and “European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters” (eEvidence)—could have dramatic effects on the way app developers [...]

What’s More Control with Fewer Options?

How New Privacy Laws May Impact Apps Designed to Protect Your Privacy By Graham Dufault and Madeline Zick On an average day, how many calls do you get that are just spam? You hear your phone buzz, you take one look at the screen displaying the phone number—likely with your area code—and as you answer it you get a sinking feeling that you’re probably not going to hear a human voice on the other end of the line. You answer [...]

Apple v. Pepper: Trial Attorneys Win, Developers Lose

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Apple v. Pepperhas robbed developers of their autonomy and independence by categorizing them as mere suppliers or manufacturers to platforms. While the headline of this case has been a question of who can sue whom for purposes of antitrust harms, this case is actually about maintaining the integrity of developers’ relationship with their customers and their partnership with platforms. This is precisely why we filed an amicusin this case to warn the Court against [...]

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