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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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1/16/2015
By Alyssa Newcomb, ABC NEWS
Watch the video of this TV news segment here: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/glassholes-privacy-issues-troubled-run-edition-google-glass/story?id=28269049 When the first edition of Google Glass is laid to rest next week, the team behind the futuristic eyewear will go back to the drawing board to analyze the lessons learned before moving...
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1/16/2015
By Thom Forbes, MEDIAPOST
Google Glass blacklisters, haters and fashion police, rejoice. As of Jan. 19, Google is “closing the Explorer Program” it announced in a Google+ post yesterday afternoon. Google Glass fans, defendersand fashionistas, rejoice. It’s doing so to “focus on what’s coming...
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1/15/2015
By Susan Abram, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
A Sacramento judge has denied the Boeing Co.’s motion that argued that demolition and disposal of old buildings on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory can proceed without any intervention by state regulators. The ruling, made last week, means that the issue will continue on to a court hearing to determine the role of the California Department...
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1/15/2015
By Michael Liedtke, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Google Glass pulled off consumer market as company works on more refined, affordable version Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device. The sales moratorium on the nearly 2-year-old "Explorer...
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1/15/2015
By Curt Barry, INSIDE CAL/EPA
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has ruled that a case filed by environmentalists and anti-nuclear activists against the toxics department over the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site in southern California can proceed, rejecting a motion for summary judgment by The Boeing Co., which is at the center of the dispute. The...
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1/15/2015
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Glass 2.0 will be developed outside the limelight Google is halting sales of its controversial Google Glass, saying it wants to develop the next version outside the harsh glare of publicity. The first version of the wearable, voice-activated device was slammed by privacy advocates. Consumer Watchdog -- a California non-profit -- said Google...
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1/13/2015
By Staff Reporters, CBS TV-13 SACRAMENTO, CA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s insurance commissioner is ordering Mercury Insurance to pay a $27.6 million fine for charging wrongful fees to its auto customers. In announcing the largest fine against a California auto insurance company, Commissioner Dave Jones said Monday that Mercury charged customers the same amount...
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1/13/2015
By Staff Reporters, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance was ordered by the California Department of Insurance to pay a fine of more than $27.5 millionfor charging customers unapproved "broker fees," state officials said Monday. "While the $27.5 million fine against Mercury is significant, it is commensurate with the amount of money that was unlawfully...
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1/13/2015
By Eric Chabrow, GOVINFOSECURITY.ORG
A Big 'But' on Endorsements for Initiative President Obama's call for enactment of a national data breach notification law has been widely welcomed by business groups and privacy advocates, but their endorsements come with a big proviso: What's in it? The White House hasn't provided details, yet. The groups largely agree that a...
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1/13/2015
By Hiawatha Bray, BOSTON GLOBE
In the run-up to next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama on Monday called for major federal legislation to protect Americans’ online privacy. In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission, he proposed a nationwide requirement that businesses report thefts of customers’ personal information; a “bill of rights...