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News Story
8/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is asking a federal judge for permission to weigh in against Google's plan to pay a $22.5 million fine to settle privacy charges with the Federal Trade Commission. Consumer Watchdog argues that the deal in this case isn't appropriate because Google is denying liability. The nonprofit filed papers this...
News Story
8/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, is dialing up its criticism of the proposed privacy settlement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Google. The group, which blasted the settlement when it was announced two weeks ago, has now filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San...
News Story
8/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Several privacy and children’s advocacy groups have written to the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to investigate large companies such as McDonald’s and General Mills for using marketing techniques they say violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter also names Doctor’s Associates,...
News Story
8/19/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency's vague new antitrust rule will discourage companies from innovation and vigorous competition. Last week Google acquired Frommer's travel guide, which by any normal measure was a modest acquisition. The tech giant reportedly agreed to pay about $25 million, which hardly registers against the $38 billion Google earned last year...
News Story
8/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook Inc. (FB), whose shares fell to a record low yesterday, failed to persuade a judge to approve a $20 million settlement resolving a lawsuit over “sponsored stories” that provides cash for advocacy groups and attorneys and no money for users. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco yesterday refused to grant...
News Story
8/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge has rejected Facebook Inc.’s proposed legal settlement of allegations that the social networking giant had been unfair and deceptive in using members’ names and photos in its “Sponsored Stories” advertising without their consent. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco said Friday that he had...
News Release
8/16/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA — San Bernardino County, plagued by predatory mortgages that left 60% of the county’s homeowners underwater, is stepping up to solve the problem on its own after the failure of banks and the financial industry to stem the crisis, said Consumer Watchdog. The county’s newly formed joint powers authority scheduled a...
News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has snapped up travel guidebook brand Frommer's, a deal which has been attacked by a consumer group over potential antitrust implications. The acquisition will mean Google further increasing its online content services a year after the acquisition of restaurant ratings service Zagat. Frommer's online and print publications will...
News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s aggressive push into the travel business continued Monday as the company snapped up the Frommer’s brand of guidebooks. Analysts say Frommer’s is a natural fit for Google as it seeks to expand its original content offerings — an effort that has raised antitrust concerns in the past. The travel review group, founded...
News Story
8/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. has set its sights on the travel industry. Looking to attract more advertising dollars, Google said Monday that it would buy Frommer's travel guides from publishing house John Wiley & Sons Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The proposed purchase would be Google's second major entry into the travel...