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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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4/23/2015
By Belinda Peter, HEALTH AIM
The first quarter of 2015 has seen Google’s lobbying budget soar. According to reports by a non-profit group Maplight, Google’s lobbying budget has shot up by 43 percent, going up from $3.82 million to $5.47 million. Google is the only tech company among the top 5 spenders. The Chamber of Commerce of the USA spent $13.8 on lobbying...
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4/21/2015
By Dominic Rushe, THE GUARDIAN UK
Google is under investigation in Europe over allegations it abused its dominance in search, while Comcast is seeking approval to merge with TWC Google spent a record $5.47m on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43% from $3.82m in theprevious year, according to figures compiled by non-profit group Consumer Watchdog. According...
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4/21/2015
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Popular home-sharing website Airbnb is stepping up its opposition to the first statewide measure aiming to regulate short-term rentals, arguing the proposal would harm consumer privacy. Airbnb has faced scores of regulatory fights on the local level, including in Los Angeles, but the skirmish over a bill by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-...
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4/19/2015
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SACRAMENTO BEE
To death and taxes, add one more certainty: Big Oil will always triumph at the expense of our families unless California starts standing up to oil companies by refusing to tolerate a system rigged in their favor. In February, when two refineries were mismanaged and went offline, gas prices spiked – forcing California drivers to pay nearly $...
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4/16/2015
By Staff Reporters, AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
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4/15/2015
By Raf Casert & Michael Liedtke, ASSOCIATED PRESS
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google's business practices came into...
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4/15/2015
By Nathaniel Mott, PANDO DAILY
Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson has called for regulators in the United States to follow the European Commission in challenging Google’s practices. The commission announced earlier this morning that it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging that it unfairly promotes Google Shopping, its product comparison service,...
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4/14/2015
By Jeremy C. Owens, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
European Union officials will officially charge Google with illegally abusing its dominant market position in search Wednesday, several news organizations reported Tuesday afternoon.       The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times separately reported -- all based on anonymous sources -- that EU Competition...
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4/10/2015
By Staff Reporters, CONVENIENCE STORE & FUEL NEWS
Motorist paid nearly $1 per gallon more than national average in March, CEC Says SAN FRANCISCO – March was an expensive month for motorists in California. According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), the state’s energy policy and planning agency, retail gasoline prices averaged 90 cents more per gallon (CPG) than the...
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4/9/2015
By Editorial, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
The standards that apply for kids' programming on TV also should be enforced for online products.     It's disappointing that Google didn't voluntary follow the Federal Communications Commission's longtime TV standards. Its online YouTube Kids app ignores basic protections for children whose developing brains cannot...