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AskEraser Already Under Fire

Privacy watchdog groups have filed a complaint with the FTC about AskEraser, claiming that the six-week-old service doesn’t live up to its promises of erasing all user search data even when enabled.

FTC Counsels Self-Regulation For Behavioral Ads

The Federal Trade Commission plans to keep an ear open for complaints now that they have given Google and DoubleClick their blessing to get together.

Google, DoubleClick Get FTC Approval

UPDATE: No sooner had I hit “publish,” I get an email from Google confirming the deal has been approved by the FTC. The announcement reads in part…

No DoubleClick Recusals At FTC

FTC chair Deborah Platt Majoras isn’t the only commissioner with a matrimonial connection at the Jones Day law firm, but neither she nor William Kovacic will recuse themselves from the Google/DoubleClick antitrust review.

DoubleClick, Jones Day Drama Continues

The Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center have filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information from the FTC about DoubleClick and law firm Jones Day.

Google andDoubleClick vs. FTC, Round 15,627,734,234.7

As if the title weren’t enough to tip you off, take a peak at some of the headlines that have gotten my attention today (don’t worry, this isn’t Linky Goodness or Pilgrim’s Picks, I’m still going to hold your hand and tell you what to think):

AdultFriendFinder Rapped For Unwanted Popups
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The Federal Trade Commission settled a case with the sexually explicit website over its ads, which popped up with graphic content.

Facebook CEO on Beacon

For the first time in over a year, there’s a serious enough issue with Facebook that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was compelled to write on the company blog (normally handled by lesser underlings developers and directors).

Online Advertiser Settles With FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has reached an agreement with Adteractive, an online advertising company, for its use of misleading spam emails and online advertising to attract people to its Web sites.

Government Still Questioning GoogleClick

The FTC has not yet confirmed Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick. Last week’s town meeting on the subject of behavioral targeting hasn’t changed that.

FTC: No Gov’t Online Ad Regulation Threat

The two-day town hall meeting being held in Washington DC by the Federal Trade Commission had a common theme: avoiding government regulation.

FTC Talks Online Privacy Today

The two-day town hall meeting about behavioral targeting, announced amid privacy concerns about Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick, begins today in Washington DC.

New Google Webmaster’s Guidelines
I just found another Google webmaster guideline worth sharing…

FTC Slaps Hoodia and HGH Spammers
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The Federal Trade Commission, via a district court judge, ordered eHealthyLife.com to stop sending emails and making allegedly false claims about its Hoodia and Human Growth Hormone products.

Three Steps To Fix Google Customer Service
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When it comes to taking care of customers, there are no mysteries; only the desire to invest in and support an effective customer service presence stands between companies like Google, and the joy they can deliver to people.

Google FTC Complaints “Chronicled”
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A growing number of disgruntled Google users have filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission concerning a range of issues.

FTC Yawns At Yahoo, BlueLithium Deal

The Federal Trade Commission gave Yahoo’s acquisition of ad network BlueLithium its stamp of approval.

Google’s Postini Deal Goes Through
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There’s no telling what’ll happen with the DoubleClick deal, but Mountain View’s Postini arrangement is no longer up in the air – the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t mind if Google acquires the email security company.

FTC Sets Dates For Behavioral Town Hall

Google and DoubleClick better keep the calendars of some of their people clear for November 1st and 2nd, as the Federal Trade Commission followed through on its promise to schedule meetings about behavioral targeting.

Zango Ignoring FTC Requirements

Sneaky pop-up ad company Zango settled with the Federal Trade Commission last November, paying $3 million in penalties and agreeing to stop duping users into downloading adware. But it appears the company is still up to its old tricks.

FTC Angered By CEO’s Yahoo Forum Posts
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The Federal Trade Commission would like to scuttle the proposed takeover of Wild Oats Markets by Whole Foods, and will point to anonymous Yahoo Finance forum posts by Whole Foods’ CEO as a reason to do so.

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