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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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4/21/2016
By Michele Chandler, INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google, Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA) have slashed spending on D.C. lobbying, according to a report Thursday from Consumer Watchdog. Still, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson said in a statement, “It’s important to understand just how much money these companies are throwing around in...
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4/21/2016
By Aman Jain, VALUEWALK.COM
Twitter and Uber both ramped up their efforts to influence members of Congress through political lobbying in the first three months of the year, reveals new data. According to disclosures filed on Wednesday, both companies stood out among their peers in the tech industry, which registered a marginal increase or even lowered their...
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4/21/2016
By John Eggerton, BROADCASTING & CABLE
Cites European Commission initial finding of antitrust violations Consumer Watchdog has asked the Federal Trade Commission to file suit against Google on antitrust grounds over its Android operating system. The call came after the European Union initially concluded this week that Google had abused its dominant position in search by...
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4/21/2016
By Ian Murphy, ENTERPRISE TIMES UK
Google has again found itself the centre of much unwanted attention. Yesterday the European Commission (EC) told the company it believed it had breached EU antitrust rules around Android. Within hours Consumer Watchdog, a US nonprofit public interest group had challenged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to file similar antitrust charges in the...
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4/21/2016
By Staff Reporters, AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE (AFP)
Washington, April 21, 2016 (AFP) - The latest EU antitrust complaint against Google underscores a sharp contrast from the approach taken by the United States, which has largely taken a hands-off approach on emerging technologies. Some US tech industry leaders and analysts argue that the European Commission's new filing on the Android mobile...
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4/20/2016
By Shaun Nichols, THE REGISTER UK
Google could feel heat stateside after Europe laid down the law Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to follow the European Union's lead and bring antitrust charges against Google Android. The group said that following the European Commission's statement of objections this week against the...
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4/20/2016
By John P. Mello Jr., TECHNEWSWORLD
The European Commission on Wednesday charged that Google breached EU antitrust rules by seeking to maintain and expand the dominance of its Android operating system. "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe," said the EC's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager. "Based...
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4/19/2016
By Matt Reynolds, COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Energy agencies told the LA City Council on Tuesday that customers face up to 14 days of blackouts this summer in the aftermath of this year's massive methane gas leak - an assertion a consumer group calls misleading. At a Tuesday morning council meeting, The California Independent System Operator director Tom Doughty and...
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4/19/2016
By Ronald D. White, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Takata Corp. air bag recall has become so massive that vehicle owners might wait months for repairs, which leaves many struggling to figure out how to get around in the meantime. Dealerships are paying for rental cars, but some need to be pushed into offering them, customers complain. And drivers under age 25 or with weak insurance coverage or...
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4/19/2016
By Caitlin Bronson, INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA
Across the country, the largest and best-known personal lines insurance carriers are doing battle with regulators to gain approval for large premium jumps in auto and home insurance. Most recently, consumer groups in California have urged the Department of Insurance to reduce its rates by at least 9.26%. According to Consumer Watchdog, the...