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4/15/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
News Story
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Business and residential customers affected by outages such as the one that hit AT&T U-verse broadband users this week may feel helpless, but they do have options, consumer and industry watchdogs say. Customers who lose Internet service, cable channels or phone service should request consideration in the form of refunds, discounts or add-ons...
Blog Post
4/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being tested by so-called explorers, who forked over $1,500 to become Glassholes. ...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...
News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is considering a bill pay feature for Google Now, the company’s digital personal assistant. A framework for the potential feature was uncovered in lines of code that appeared in a recent software update (version 3.3) to Google’s main Search app for Android devices, uncovered by tech blog AndroidPolice....
News Release
3/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A proposed settlement in Europe’s antitrust investigation of Google that establishes a monitor for five years to ensure that the Internet giant keeps its promises under the deal, does not actually obligate Google to do anything in response to a request from the “Monitoring Trustee,” Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Deep pockets for lobbying, political connections that cross borders from municipalities to the federal government, and just plain political savvy could help Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) overcome opposition from consumer groups to its proposed multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). The latest group to oppose the transaction,...
News Release
3/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television...
News Story
3/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — The cars of the future are heading toward a dealership near you — without a human being at the wheel. To Google Inc. and the other corporations that are investing millions of dollars to develop them, driverless, or autonomous, vehicles are a revolutionary combination of automotive and robotics technology that will yield...