News Summary: FTC's 'robocall' contest winners

News Summary: FTC awards $25K to winners of contest for technology to block 'robocalls'

Associated Press

THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR ROBOCALLS: The Federal Trade Commission announced winners for its national contest to develop a blocking technology for illegal sales calls — those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls. The FTC logs about 200,000 complaints each month from consumers who are fed up with robocalls.

COLLECT CALLS: Aaron Foss, a freelance software developer, and Serdar Danis, a computer engineer. Each will receive $25,000.

WRONG NUMBERS: The different technologies developed by Foss and Danis involve software that could analyze and filter calls to screen those coming from a computer or from a blocked caller.

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