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News Story
8/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google Inc. and Verizon Inc. in a joint conference call Monday spoke out against blocking, prioritizing or slowing down wired Internet traffic. The new broadband proposal by Mountain View-based Google and Verizon will not net neutrality, the companies said. Both say they think the Federal Communications Commission should levy fines to those who...
News Release
8/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google is compromising a long standing principle it claimed to support in an effort to boost profits as it backs away from a key premise of an open Internet — “net neutrality,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Net neutrality — the idea that all data is treated equally by Internet service providers...
News Story
5/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
More Companies Make You Pay for Customer Service Agent's Help Companies have added yet another obstacle to talking with a live person about a question or concern: fees. More businesses are subtly discouraging calls to customer service agents by charging for the conversation, as well as directing people to websites or automated phone systems. Some...
News Story
1/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Walk near a Puma store and a coupon for 20 percent off a pair of shoes flashes on your smart phone. Snap a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and information instantly pops up about the landmark. Point your handset camera at the street ahead and see which watering holes serve Stella Artois. Welcome to the local online world. After a long detour,...
News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco, CA -- Two consumer groups called on the Federal Trade Commission to block Google Inc.'s planned $750 million acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob, arguing the deal undermines competition in what could become the critical billboard space of the digital age. In a joint letter to the FTC on Monday, Consumer Watchdog and the...
News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON D.C. - Two advocacy groups asked U.S. antitrust regulators on Monday to block Google's purchase of AdMob, a provider of advertising services for mobile phones, on antitrust grounds and to address privacy issues raised by the deal. Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy organization, and the Center for Digital Democracy, an advocate of...
News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON — Two consumer groups urged the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday to block Internet search and advertising giant Google's proposed purchase of mobile advertising company AdMob. In a joint letter, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) asked the FTC to oppose Google's acquisition of AdMob on anti-...
News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two consumer groups asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to block Google Inc.'s (GOOG) proposed $750 million acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob Inc., as they allege the deal would diminish competition to the detriment of consumers. "Consumers will face higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices," said John M....
News Release
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Deal To Buy Mobile Advertising Company Is Anti-Competitive And Raises Privacy Concerns WASHINGTON, DC — Two consumer groups today asked the Federal Trade Commission to block Google’s $750 million deal to buy AdMob, a mobile advertising company, on anti-trust grounds. In addition, the groups said, the proposed acquisition raises privacy...
News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google recently revealed that the Federal Trade Commission was intensely reviewing the search giant's recent $750 million acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob.  Last week, Google said the FTC has made a second request for further information about the deal. Today, two consumer groups, Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Digital Democracy...