By Jennifer Abel, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The first price isn't the best price when you search online
There’s a common saying about social media and other Internet companies: “If you’re not paying them anything, you’re not their customer; you’re what they’re selling.”
So if you use web-based email or Facebook or Google or other free sites...
By Ginny Martin, SEARCHENGINELAND.COM
Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google’s “search monopoly” with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don’t pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads “deceptive and unfair”, adding that Google...
By Grant Gross, COMPUTERWORLD.COM
Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants
The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog.
But Google said the top...
By Rebecca Grant, VENTUREBEAT.COM
You could be paying substantially more for products if you are searching through Google Shopping.
Consumer Watchdog issued a report today that said Google’s “search monopoly” allows the company to charge higher prices on its shopping search engine. The organization’s tests found that consumers would have paid more for eight...
By Robert Pear, THE NEW YORK TIMES
WASHINGTON — The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year.
The administration floated several proposals on Monday to “help offset the loss in premium revenue and profit” that it said might occur if insurers...
By Michelle Quinn, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Before the end of the year, the FCC and the wireless carriers will likely announce that mobile phones will be "unlocked," meaning customers theoretically can use them on a different carrier's network.
But is that truly a gift to consumers, or a lump of coal?
Consumer advocates, elected officials and regulators will cheer the news as...
By Megan Goldsby, KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the start of the holiday shopping season just days away, a consumer group says taking Google along with you to compare prices might end up costing you twice as much.
A Consumer Watchdog study has determined product results returned through...
By Staff Writers, CLASS ACTION REPORTER
Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups on Oct. 16 in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because proposed recipients of settlement funds...
By Amy Lotven, HEALTH EXCHANGE ALERT
CMS insurance chief Gary Cohen told stakeholders in a Thursday memo that in order to satisfy the administration's transitional policy on reinstating non-ACA compliant plans in 2014, insurers must inform consumers of their purchasing options using the exact language developed or approved by the agency, or CMS-approved state versions. Meanwhile...
By Greg Hyatt, INSIDE CAL/EPA
Environmentalists fear that a recent announcement by the toxics department that it will consider various cleanup alternatives at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California may be a veiled attempt to unravel an agreement made between the agency and responsible parties to clean the site to strict "background"...