All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FTC’

Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says

In spite of the red sky Google might be seeing these mornings, the company doesn’t necessarily need to batten down the hatches of its ships just yet, according to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. That red sky Google’s been cautious about goes by the name of Beth Wilkinson, a high-profile litigator who’s made quite the name for herself as …

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POM Juice Lawsuit: Company’s Claims are Deceptive

POM juice lawsuit, which is aimed at beverage manufacturer POM Wonderful LLC, states that the company misled consumers by making unsubstantiated claims regarding their product’s usefulness in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction. Although POM Wonderful feels that they are being held to the same standards as pharmaceutical companies, a judge feels that aren’t being entirely truthful …

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FTC Picks Internet Privacy Expert for Senior Adviser

The Federal Trade Commission has drafted Paul Ohm, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School and a well-regarded expert on internet privacy, as a senior advisor on mobile privacy and competition issues. Ohm is slated to assume his new position on August 27 of this year. According to his biography on his website, Ohm is an Associate Professor …

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Twitter Enables Firefox’s “Do Not Track” Option

The New York Times is reporting that Twitter has begun acknowledging the “Do Not Track” feature of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. By doing this, Firefox users can now opt-out of all information tracking practiced by Twitter. This includes cookies and third-party tracking for behavioral advertising purposes. Internet Explorer 9 has a similar “Tracking Protection” feature, but users will have to install …

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Sketchers Settlement: Company to Pay FTC $40 Million Over Ads

Sketchers settlement is going to cost the company an impressive $40 million dollars. I suppose that’s what you get when you attempt to trick consumers into thinking they can get a round rump like the one found on Kim Kardashian’s backside by simply walking around in a pair of overpriced sneakers. If it was really that easy, everybody and their …

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Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias

Google continues its offensive against the antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission with another internally-commissioned report released today. The report, which follows a different one from last week that argued Google’s right to free speech, pokes holes through all of recommendations from Google’s competitors that were offered to reduce the alleged bias in Google search results. The report, “Proposed …

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Search Engines Owed Same Free Speech Protections As CNN, Claims Google Report

In a new report commissioned by Google that examines the scope of free speech that should be permitted to search engines, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who authored the report, says that search engines should be regarded as media companies, akin to how CNN and the New York Times are media companies. In that respect, the report asserts that search …

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Myspace Settles with FTC Over User Privacy

Myspace, the dominant social network before Facebook took over, has just settled with the Federal Trade Commission over user privacy issues, much like Facebook had in November. The FTC contended that Myspace was too vague in its explanation of user privacy, and the network is now prohibited from further instances of this sort of misrepresentation. Myspace also has submitted to …

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FTC Hires Beth Wilkinson in Google Investigation

For the first time in five years of litigation, the Federal Trade Commission has hired outside legal counsel to head up its antitrust investigation against Google, which denotes the seriousness of its inquiry. The FTC has long been looking into Google’s business practices on a broad level, encompassing aspects of its search engine and how it relates to preferential advertising, …

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Facebook’s Instagram Days of Antitrust Scrutiny Ahead

So now that we have learned that Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram wasn’t so much a Facebook purchase as it was a Mark Zuckerberg joint, the next arbitrary aspect that we must speculate upon is whether or not Facebook has earned itself any scrutiny over a possible antitrust obstacle. Antitrust charges must most immediately prove that a business acquisition …

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Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything?

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report that detailed the consequences of Google’s lack of transparency and cooperation with an investigation revolving around the non-consensual collection of information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. It turns out that, as those Google Street View cars were roaming around and capturing ground-level imagery of cities around the …

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The Internet Or Your Privacy: Which Do You Value More?

There’s an old cartoon that came out back in an issue of The New Yorker in 1993, back when the Internet was still damp with amniotic fluid and long before it’d taken its first step, that featured a dog sitting in front of a computer and looking over to his four-legged pal and saying, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re …

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