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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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11/19/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California violated state law by misleading consumers about the size of their provider networks, according to a report by the state Department of Managed Health Care, the San Jose Mercury News reports (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 11/18). Background Complaints of narrow networks have led to lawsuits filed...
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11/17/2014
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
Car manufacturers won't be able to provide precise geolocations for automobiles to marketers without drivers' opt-in consent under a new privacy code adopted by the industry. The code also requires consumers' explicit consent before information about their driving skills -- including how fast they go, and braking patterns -- is...
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11/12/2014
By Camille Frigillana, THE CLAUSE - AZUZA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
The midterm elections were held on Nov. 4, 2014. Although not a major presidential election, this election determined which political party would have control of the Senate for the next two years. In order to have a majority in the Senate, 51 out of the 100 seats needed to be filled by one political party. The Republican Party was able to obtain...
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11/11/2014
By Trudy Lieberman, COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations - See more at: http://www.cjr.org/the_second_opinion/prop_45_local_tv_coverage_cali.php?page=all&print=true#sthash.XGthyGGL.dpuf A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of...
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11/11/2014
By Katherine Noyes, LINUX INSIDER
Roughly 10 years to the day after the release of Firefox 1.0, Mozilla on Monday announced an updated version of its open source browser complete with a new Forget button aimed at protecting users' privacy. "Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity," explained Firefox Vice President...
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11/11/2014
By Jasper Hamill, THE REGISTER UK
Mountain View gets 60-year lease on historic Moffett Airfield A consumer watchdog has slammed NASA for signing a whopping $1bn deal that will see a historic airbase turned into Google's space "playground". Mountain View has inked a deal with the space agency which will see it rent Moffett Federal Airfield for 60 years. The massive...
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11/11/2014
By Brandon Bailey, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration, and robotics. The giant Internet company will pay $1.16 billion in rent over 60 years for the property, which also includes a working air...
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11/11/2014
By Steve Johnson, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
MOUNTAIN VIEW -- In a deal that promises to restore Moffett Field's beloved Hangar One, Google on Monday said it would spend more than $200 million to rehab that and two other hangars, create an educational center and assume management for much of the historic air base, drawing cheers from preservationists.     Saying it will...
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11/11/2014
By Brendan Byrne, VALUEWALK.COM
The tech giant will pay $1.16 billion over the course of a 60-year lease in order to conduct research at the Moffett Federal Airfield in California. According to a NASA statement, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) will use the site for research, development, assembly and testing related to “space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics...
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11/11/2014
By Andrea Gemmet, MOUNTAINVIEW VOICE
NASA announced today that officials signed a lease with Google's Planetary Ventures LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield and rehabilitate the landmark Hangar One. The agreement comes more than three years after Google's top executives offered to restore the massive hangar built in the early 1930s. Planetary Ventures was awarded the...