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News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp, TripAdvisor and their allies launched a new effort Monday to convince European antitrust officials to force Google to stop promoting its own online services at the expense of its rivals. The companies unveiled a new website, Focus on the User, which explains why they’re concerned that Google is making it harder for consumers to find...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove fruitless and that after almost four years of investigation and negotiation, it...
News Story
8/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
When Kristyn Fernandez uploaded a photo of herself with her arm slung over a guy in a Jack Daniel's T-shirt, it caught the eye of more than just her Twitter followers. A piece of software that scans millions of photos on social media flagged the image, operating on the principle it might hold value for Jack Daniel's or its...
News Story
8/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It’s highly unlikely for the privacy settlement of a lawsuit facing Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to receive the approval of judges owing to its nature. The settlement, which amounts to $8.5 million, fails because it involves donation to institutions associated with the attorneys who filed the suit. During a fairness hearing on Friday in San...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
You know how Google executives are always claiming that they care about privacy?  Well, yet again their actions demonstrate  just how empty those claims actually are are. Disconnect, a San Francisco based startup just spent a year and $300,000 developing a privacy protecting app for Android smartphones called Disconnect Mobile. Like...
News Story
8/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The first deadline for interested parties to file formal comments with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable passed earlier this week, and the roster of those who chimed in on the deal was impressive — and, in some regards, impressively divided. In all, more than 75,...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) used to get a paycheck from NBC, but since he’s gotten a high-profile gig on Capitol Hill he has been no fan of its current incarnation as Comcast/NBCUniversal. And he doesn’t want it taking on a new bride. Others agree. Stated Franken, “Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would...
News Release
8/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing 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 the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the...