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News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
ABILENE, Texas — A lot of people gripe when they get high summertime electric bills. But Kristin Harriger’s bill was nearly $1.4 million. The Abilene, Texas, woman immediately called her provider, Potentia Energy. She quickly learned that her bill was an error. The utility provider also excused a $66,000 late fee listed on the...
News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A Google rep tells an Assembly committee that if California passes a bill that removes the ability to have driverless cars eventually, the state is telling technology providers to take autonomous cars elsewhere. During his testimony Monday, a Google representative said if California legislators amend a proposed driverless car bill to...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Consumer Watchdog today sent its “Google Track Team” comprised of mimes dressed in white track suits to follow shareholders as they gathered for the company’s annual meeting in a bid to focus attention on the Internet giant’s online tracking activity. A full set of free-use photos of the event...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A group of mimes in track suits weren't exactly silent as they called attention to Google's online tracking practices Thursday. To dramatize the issue, the group pretended to track Google shareholders who stood in Shoreline Amphitheatre's parking lot on June 21, waiting to get on a shuttle to Google headquarters for the shareholder...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog demonstrator Don McLeod protests in front of a Google shareholder outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, June 21, 2012 before the shareholders meeting. Protestors demonstrated to help raise awareness of Google's online tracking policy. They are calling for legislation for "Do Not...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Larry Page was missing in action Thursday at Google’s annual meeting because he had lost his voice. Eric Schmidt, the company’s former chief executive and now executive chairman, pinch-hit. Mr. Schmidt did not explain what happened but made clear it was serious enough that Mr. Page had already canceled his appearance at a major...
News Release
6/20/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on state and local governments to quit spending taxpayer millions on Scott toilet paper, Kleenex tissues and other products from Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The global company is part of a corporate coalition battling to keep a tax loophole that benefits only out-of-state corporations---to...
Blog Post
6/7/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
The energy investigators who nailed Enron for energy price manipulation that nearly bankrupted California just took aim at oil refining giants including Chevron and BP. May the refiners’ gasoline-price schemes now come crashing down in an Enron-style heap. We’ve known for years that California and West Coast refiners find endless...
News Story
6/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- West Coast oil refiners cut gasoline production after a fire earlier this year at a Washington state refinery, creating a supply shortage that’s left West Coast motorists now paying very high prices at a time when the rest of the nation is seeing prices plunge, according to an influential senator and a veteran energy analyst...
News Story
6/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal regulators are weighing whether to sue Google for engaging in anti-competitive conduct, an action that could prove devastating for the Internet giant. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether Google manipulates its search results to ensure that its own services, such as YouTube, Google Maps and Google Plus, appear...