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News Story
4/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...
News Release
4/27/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
STANFORD, CA  – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when safety demands it in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. To dramatize the point, Consumer...
News Story
4/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous vehicle regulations are fast approaching Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and the auto industry pleaded with government officials today to employ restraint in issuing regulations for self-driving cars. The meeting was the second of two public hearings on autonomous vehicles held by the Department of Transportation's...
News Story
4/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology. Google has built a leading position - thanks not just to its tech expertise, but also its persistent lobbying. AUSTIN, Texas – The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Plaza here is a strip mall with a pet-accessories store, a Thai restaurant and a yogurt...
News Story
4/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a...
News Release
4/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies monitored by Consumer Watchdog. Google spent $5.10 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T’s...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Release
4/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services. The call from the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group came...
News Story
4/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
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...