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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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8/21/2014
Paul Blumenthal
WASHINGTON -- Just hours after Facebook officially went public on the New York Stock Exchange on May 18, 2012, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed a bill that granted the multibillion-dollar company an enormous tax break on its data center in Prineville, Oregon. The legislation, dubbed the "Facebook bill" by local media, changed the...
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8/20/2014
CUPERTINO -- This city is about to get a GigaPower boost to speed up Internet service. AT&T is set to announce Wednesday it will bring super-fast broadband service, dubbed GigaPower, to Apple's hometown. It promises download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is fast enough to download a high-definition movie in half a minute and...
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8/20/2014
A ballot-measure battle over medical-malpractice awards and drug testing of doctors arrived on the airwaves Tuesday, with opponents of the initiative rolling out statewide television and radio ads. The ad buys mark the first major salvo in the contest over Proposition 46, which is primed to be one of the costliest fights of the November election....
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8/8/2014
By Shara Tibken, CNET.COM
Judge Lucy Koh says class action suit, also involving Intel and Adobe, has compelling evidence that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was "a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy." A US district court judge has rejected a settlement reached in a wage-fixing lawsuit involving Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Apple and Google,...
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8/7/2014
By Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner and Felipe Escamilla, NBC BAY AREA
The senate office charged with investigating state agencies recently found that the Department of Toxic Substances Control has failed to live up to its mission in several key areas. This report comes more than a year after three state senators ordered an investigation into allegations that the DTSC is falling down on the job and putting polluters...
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8/7/2014
By Phil Goldstein, FIERCEWIRELESS.COM
The unraveling of Sprint's (NYSE: S) bid to merge with T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) could spark a new round of price cuts in the U.S. market, according to financial analysts. That could lead to lower costs for consumers but it could also especially pressure Sprint, which is working to upgrade its LTE network. Both Sprint and T-Mobile executives had...
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8/6/2014
By Katherine Noyes, TECHNEWSWORLD
Wikimedia's impassioned argument against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law has generated some head-scratching. "I don't think they understand the privacy issues involved," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "No one is saying Wikipedia has to take down anything -- just that the link from anyone's...
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8/6/2014
By Tom Giles and Olga Kharif, BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
“Consumers Win,” shouted the subject line of the e-mail that rushed into reporters’ inboxes soon after the news emerged that Sprint Corp. (S:US) was abandoning its bid for T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS:US) Combining the third- and fourth-biggest U.S. mobile-phone companies would have meant higher prices and less competition in the...
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8/5/2014
By Bernard Wolfson, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross say they will initially fund an index designed to hold as many people’s health records as possible. They hope other insurers will join in. Privacy issues are raised. The medical records of millions of Californians could soon be literally at the fingertips of doctors and hospitals statewide with...
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8/5/2014
By Carla K. Johnson, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — State officials announced Tuesday that Illinois is giving the public online access for the first time to forms filed by insurers when they set the rates they'll charge, a move that consumer advocates called a step in the right direction. "We are pleased to provide consumers direct access to review rate and form filings,...