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News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Rabble rousers demand FTC, DoJ into Music service A pressure group in America has urged US watchdog the FTC and Uncle Sam's Department of Justice to probe Apple Music for signs of antitrust violations. Consumer Watchdog has written a letter [PDF] to the five commissioners of the FTC as well as DoJ attorney general Loretta Lynch and assistant...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A U.S. senator wants two federal agencies to investigate whether Apple Inc is breaking antitrust law in how it treats music services that compete with the streaming service it launched in June. Democratic Senator Al Franken in a letter on Wednesday said that he was concerned that some Apple practices could limit choices and raise prices for...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple is once again coming under fire for business practices and deals around Apple Music, the subscription music and video streaming service it launched last month. Consumer Watchdog, a prominent consumer advocacy group, issued a letter to the United States Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice today, asking the...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has joined in the calls for a federal investigation of the business practices of Apple Music. In a letter sent Wednesday to the heads of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Franken pointed to the 30 percent commission that Apple takes on the sale of music in competing streaming ...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Minnesota DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken wants two federal agencies to investigate whether Apple’s new music streaming service is violating anti-trust laws. In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez, Franken warned that Apple’s new music service may be harming consumers by limiting...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards and user music preferences to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns in a separate letter to the...
News Story
7/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Teva Pharmaceuticals has yet to buy Mylan Laboratories , but several advocacy groups are so leery a merger would harm consumers that they wrote a letter urging the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to block any deal that may occur between the generic drug rivals. They cite antitrust concerns that prices would rise, shortages would develop and...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
May 28, 2015 -- Charter Communications’ bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $55.3 billion is a bad deal for customers, said the founder of Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog. “Another merger? These mergers only benefit the top CEOs; they never benefit the consumers,” said Harvey Rosenfield, who founded the advocacy group in...
News Story
5/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Fresh off its failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable reportedly was speeding Monday toward a link with Charter Communications for a whopping $55 billion. Charter and its billionaire backer John Malone offered to pay $195 per share in the blockbuster deal, with $100 coming from cash and the rest from stock, Bloomberg News reported. That'...
Blog Post
5/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
There are many things I admire about Europe these days.  Near the top of my list is the so-called right to be forgotten. And then there’s the European antitrust actions against Internet giant, Google. The right to be forgotten allows people to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate,...