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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Regulation’

Should Google Be Slapped With Antitrust Action?

After a five-year long investigation, the European Commissioned announced it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. The commission says this infringes on EU antitrust rules because “it stifles competition and harms consumers”. …

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Comcast/Time Warner Merger Now Being Reviewed by Multiple States As Well

When the largest company in any arena announces plans to purchase the second-largest company in the same arena, you can hear whatever crumb of competition that currently exists slowly falling from the market. It sounds like the faint cries of men, women, and children, pleading for Google Fiber to save them. It’s really a sad sound. Total bummer. This clearly …

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Porn Industry May Have to Strap on Some Goggles

Zippp! Look out! Gushhh! Watch it! Worried about being hit and infected by another human being’s bodily fluids? California porn stars need not fret, for lawmakers wish to update AB 640, a bill that will make adult performers strap on protected eyewear during the filming of their sex scenes. Like Measure B before it, AB 640 requires condoms and other …

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Study: Most Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs

The New York Times noted a study last week from a Canadian research team claiming roughly three out of four herbal supplements contain little more than weeds or powdered rice. The research team used a test called DNA barcoding, which has previously been used to uncover fraudulent seafood labeling, on 44 bottles of herbal supplements from 12 companies they, upon …

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FDA: Trans Fats Unsafe, to be Banned in Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced its intention to classify trans fats known as partially hydrogenated oils as not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The classification is set to go into effect after 60 days, after which the trans fats would be classified as “food additives” and could not be used in food. If …

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FDA Proposes New Pet Food Regulations

Though many people see their pets as members of the family, the U.S. does not regulate pet food as strictly as it does people food. Recent pet food recalls have demonstrated just how Regulations could be tightened, however, if a newly proposed rule by the FDA is put into place. The FDA today issued a proposed rule to improve the …

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Should The Government Regulate Paid Content?

Online advertising has changed. It used to be that Web sites would have a few banner ads or side bar ads to bring in revenue. Then consumers started to use adblockers and other methods to ignore these ads. That’s when sites turned to native advertising, and it’s caught the FTC’s attention. The Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that it …

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Switzerland Installs ‘Sex Boxes’ to Regulate Prostitution

The UK’s Telegraph reports that Zurich officials are trying a new method to manage prostitution and cut out the black market pimps who handle hookers: “sex boxes” that are to be utilized by johns and their dates are being installed, and will open on August 26. When the initiative was first announced, spokesman Michael Herzig of Zurich’s social welfare department …

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Google Wants You To Protect Internet Freedom

Earlier this year, Google and other Internet companies mobilized people to take down SOPA and PIPA. It worked pretty well back then, and now Google is back at it again targeting the next threat to the Internet – the UN. In December, nations around the world will be meeting in Dubai to discuss proposed changes to how the Internet is …

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House Passes Resolution To Protect Open Internet, Google Applauds

The United States House of Representatives passed a Concurrent Resolution aimed at preserving and advancing “the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived.” The resolution recognizes the importance of the Internet to the global economy, and access to knowledge, services, commerce and communication, as well as the “accompanying benefits to economic development, education, and health care, and the …

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Could “Bad Ads” Destroy the Web’s Revenue Model?

It’s no secret that most consumers aren’t exactly fond of online ads, especially pop-up ones. While there are some very “bad ads” that could result in serious damage to consumers, a lot of online advertisements are perfectly safe and actually have a lot of benefits. In fact, online advertising is the Internet’s #1 source of revenue. It is for this …

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The U.N.’s War on the Internet: Could the Web Lose?

A lot of speculation has been floating around about a proposal from the United Nations that could impose a global Internet tax on the world’s largest content providers. Based on leaked documents from the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) that are being made available at WCITleaks.org, the speculation is, in fact, true. Although the language is vague, the documents …

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