By Janeen Christoff, TRAVEL PULSE
The Stop Online Booking Scams Act of 2016 has been introduced in the Senate and the hotel industry is celebrating, says Christopher Elliott for The Washington Post. But Elliott questions whether these sites are really ripping off consumers and points out that the lodging industry may just be missing the point of what the problems are that...
By Kevin Smith, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL
Consumer advocates and concerned parents gathered Monday in Santa Monica to condemn the drug industry’s well-heeled campaign against Proposition 61, a measure designed to stop drug price gouging.
The press conference was held in the wake of Friday’s announcement that Mylan will pay a $465 million penalty for overcharging Medicaid for...
By Christopher Cadelago & Jeremy B. White, SACRAMENTO BEE
Los Angeles, CA -- In a 21st-floor office with clear views of the Hollywood sign, Michael Weinstein sips a protein drink and nurses his mistrust of the pharmaceutical industry.
Weinstein, 64, leads the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization he willed from a 25-bed hospice near Dodger Stadium to a global powerhouse that rivals the American...
By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Self-driving cars could be lifesavers, preventing many, if not most, of the traffic accidents that claim more than 30,000 American lives each year.
They could also make devastating weapons.
Picture hackers employed by a hostile nation finding a way to command large numbers of cars on U.S. roads. Picture those hackers ordering the vehicles to...
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — Auto companies are preparing for a future in which cars drive themselves — and federal regulators have to make sure they’re safe before they ever hit the road.
Proposed guidance released by the U.S. Department of Transportation last month calls for automakers to meet 15 guidelines before they can put self-driving...
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The auto-injector's manufacturer agrees to pay $465 million after an 'investigation' of less than two weeks
Some would say that Mylan Pharmaceuticals has been slow to satisfy consumer calls for price rollbacks on the EpiPen auto-injector. But Mylan wasted no time reaching a settlement over the issue of whether it had overcharged ...
By Mark Huffman, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Consumers would have more control over how their data is shared
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a proposal for new privacy rules governing broadband internet service providers (ISP), the companies that connect you to the internet.
Wheeler says the rules give consumers the tools they need to control how ISPs...
By Christopher Elliott, WASHINGTON POST
The hotel industry is celebrating a big win after the recent introduction of the Stop Online Booking Scams Act of 2016 in the Senate.
“It’s a good bill,” says Rosanna Maietta, a spokeswoman for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), which has been pushing for the legislation. She’s right. It’s a good...
By Jim Puzzanghera, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Cable and wireless companies would need customer permission before sharing sensitive personal data, including the contents of emails, Web browsing history, financial information and a mobile device’s geographic location, under a proposal released Thursday by the head of the Federal Communications...
By Wire Reports, WRAL TECHWIRE
Research Triangle Park, N.C. — A new FCC privacy proposal up for a vote this month will require broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast to get your permission before sharing with advertisers the websites or apps you've been using.
The Federal Communication Commission has changed its broadband-privacy plan since it was initially...