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Screen unwanted calls without one-at-a-time blocking

The free Nomorobo service and AT&T's Privacy Manager help reduce the number of nuisance calls that aren't blocked by the Do Not Call registry.

By Apr. 17, 2014

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IBM's Watson heads to school

The Jeopardy champ's college application has been accepted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Big Blue proudly reports.

By Jan. 30, 2013

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Dish sued by FTC over 'Do Not Call' rules

The satellite TV provider faces a lawsuit over charges that it called consumers who had asked to be taken off their call list.

By Aug. 24, 2012

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TalkTalk fined £750,000 for calling you and hanging up

UK regulator Ofcom has fined TalkTalk £750,000 over excessive silent and abandoned phone calls.

By Apr. 18, 2013

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The best robo-call ever? Or the freakiest?

A Time magazine staffer got a call from a telemarketer who sounded not quite human. That's when the fun -- and the weirdness -- started.

By Dec. 14, 2013

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FTC offers $50,000 to robocall killers

A menace to business and consumer alike, robocall removal is now under the eye of the Federal Trade Commission.

By Oct. 19, 2012

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IBM's Watson to become telemarketer?

Some of the more difficult humans on Earth, telemarketers, might soon be replaced by a geek god, IBM's Watson supercomputer.

By Jul. 6, 2011

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FCC requires VoIP providers to report service outages

Emergency calls to 911 expected to become more reliable with the FCC's decision to treat VoIP service providers the same as landline and cell phone providers.

By Feb. 15, 2012

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FTC goes after warranty robocallers

FTC is suing two telemarketing companies and a company peddling car warranty extensions--which the agency says are unnecessary and false--to put a stop to the calls.

By May. 18, 2009

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How to screen unwanted calls on iPhones and Android phones

You can ask your phone service provider to block calls from specific numbers, but it may be more practical to screen all calls from unfamiliar numbers and respond only to the legitimate callers. Doing so is easy using the Do Not Disturb feature for iPhones running iOS 6, and Groups on Android phones.

By Feb. 5, 2013