All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FTC’

FTC Nears End Of Google Antitrust Probe [Report]

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may reach a decision on how to proceed with an antitrust probe into Google, by mid September, according to a report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, citing people familiar with the matter as the source of this info. In June of last year, Google announced that it had received formal notification that the FTC had begun a …

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Former FTC Chairman Doesn’t Think An FTC Antitrust Suit Against Google Would Work

There has been talk about a possible antitrust investigation into Google by the FTC for over a year. Earlier this year, the FTC hired Beth Wilkinson, a high-profile antitrust litigator, which many assumed signaled that this scenario would soon come to fruition, though FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz brushed of the notion. He has, however, indicated intent to find a Section …

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Facebook/Instagram Deal Gets the FTC’s Blessing

Everything looks a-ok with Facebook’s acqusition of photo-sharing app Instagram, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has just ended their investigation into whether or not the proposed deal violates any laws with a resounding “not that we can see.” Here’s what the FTC sent to Facebook and Instagram following the decision: Upon further review of this matter, it …

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Facebook Dodges FTC Fines Over Privacy After Google Gets Nailed

A day after handing Google the largest fine it has ever handed to a single company, for allegedly deceiving users over privacy, the FTC has settled another privacy matter with Google’s industry rival Facebook, with no fine at all, provided Facebook complies with its regular privacy audits. The FTC says Facebook must obtain consumers’ consent before sharing their information beyond …

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FTC Lawyer Gloats About Big Win Against Google

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that Google will pay a $22.5 million penalty to settle a privacy case related to tracking cookies in Apple’s Safari browser. This is the largest fine a single company has ever had to pay related to an FTC settlement. While the fine will hardly make a dent in Google’s earnings, and is considerably …

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FTC Announces Google’s Massive Fine For “Safari-gate” Settlement

Last month, it was reported that Google was about to pay a $22.5 million penalty, courtesy of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, for privacy issues in what became known as “Safari-gate”. Today, that settlement has been officially confirmed, as the FTC has put out a statement discussing it. The fine is the largest that any single company has ever had …

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Google To Get Biggest Fine In FTC History?

It looks like Google is about to pay the biggest fine ever to be issued to a company (at least one company) by the FTC. That is if a Wall Street Journal report is correct. The publication is citing officials briefed on the settlement terms, so it sounds like a reality. The $22.5 million penalty is the result of a …

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Google Would Support A Transparency Review From The FTC. Competitors? No Comment.

Last month, search industry veteran Danny Sullivan called upon the United States Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize Google and other search engines – specifically, looking into their disclosure of paid listings. A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, ‚ÄúConsumers benefit from clear labeling in search results, and we have always clearly disclosed which links are paid advertisements. That said, not all search …

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Google Inherits FTC Investigation with Motorola Acquisition

With their recent acquisition of Motorola and their essential technology patents, Google Inc. has also received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. If you remember, Motorola was locked in a battle with Microsoft and Apple regarding their essential patents and fees for licensing of the technology. Currently, the FTC is looking into antitrust implications stemming from …

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Search Industry Vet Calls Upon FTC To Scrutinize Google (And Other Search Engines)

Veteran search industry journalist Danny Sullivan has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, calling on the organization to look into the disclosure of paid listings in Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Nextag, Twenga, and TripAdvisor. Sullivan intros the letter, making the case for why he is worth listening to. This is essentially because he has been covering the industry …

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FTC Opposes Bans Over Standards Essential Patents

Last week Tim Cook spent time on stage during the opening session of AllThingsD’s D10 Conference talking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about a variety of topics. Among the issues discussed was Apple’s position on patent lawsuits. After from stating that patent litigation is “a pain in the ass,” Cook spent some time talking about how he believes the …

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Do Social Media Sites View Privacy As A Burden?

When interviewing Robert Ellis Smith, privacy expert extraordinaire, WebProNews’ Abby Johnson asked him how the recent FTC/Myspace ruling would impact services like Facebook and Google+. While indicating all three services reached privacy agreements with the FTC, with both Google and Myspace agreeing to be audited for the next 20 years in relation to upholding their privacy agreements, Smith made the …

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