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.