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9/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed proposed legislation to get fully autonomous vehicles on American roads quickly and with minimal state-by-state oversight. Supporters of the proposed rules say they will help companies developing the technology in the U.S. compete in the high-stakes race toward driving’s future,...
News Story
8/31/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote Sept. 6 on a bill that would outline the first national regulatory framework for self-driving vehicles being developed by companies such as Ford Motor Co. and Tesla Inc. Autonomous vehicle companies and trade groups have applauded the measure (H.R. 3388) as the first significant legislation that...
News Release
8/30/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – News today that the New America Foundation shut down its Open Markets unit after the group expressed support of European antitrust enforcement action against Internet giant Google shows how Washington think tanks live in fear of incurring Google’s ire and losing their funding, Consumer Watchdog said. The nonpartisan...
News Story
8/30/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
PASADENA, Calif. (CN) – Critics have long charged that Amazon uses deceptive listings to mislead consumers into believing they are receiving steep discounts, and a California man on Wednesday asked the Ninth Circuit to overturn a ruling that sent his class action against the alleged practice to arbitration. In a lawsuit filed in San Diego...
News Story
8/30/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Cites Times story that scholar was canned after criticizing major donor   The Content Creators Coalition has called on Congress to investigate Google in the wake of a New York Times story that the New America Foundation—Google is a big donor—canned a scholar and his Open Markets initiative after he praised a European Union...
News Story
8/30/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The first thing you see when you walk into the offices of the New America Foundation in Washington is the Eric Schmidt Ideas Lab, a space named after the executive chairman of Google’s parent company. Google, Mr. Schmidt and his family’s foundation are the principal funders of that think tank. On Wednesday, New America’s...
News Story
8/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One victim of sex trafficking began her ordeal when she was 15. She was sold through website Backpage.com for sex to men across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. She was raped more than 600 times over the course of four months. Another victim was sex trafficked through Backpage for three years starting when she was 14...
News Story
8/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Government restrictions on online speech should be undertaken with the greatest skepticism. But when internet companies knowingly facilitate illegal acts, such as human trafficking, that’s not speech. That’s a crime. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog today writes about efforts to close a loophole in the Communications Decency Act...
News Release
8/24/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog took the fight against Amazon’s deceptive pricing practices to the state level today after the Federal Trade Commission approved a $14 billion deal for the online retailing giant to buy Whole Foods. The nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group filed petitions asking 11 state attorneys general to...
News Story
8/24/2017
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Amazon.com Inc.'s takeover of Whole Foods Market Inc. cleared its biggest hurdle on Wednesday as federal regulators approved the e-commerce giant's big bet on the more than $700 billion food retail market. The Federal Trade Commission's decision allows the companies to complete their $13.7 billion deal, including debt, and avoid a...