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News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections....
News Story
4/23/2014
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WhiteHouse.gov updated its privacy policy to allow for the collection of user data if it's in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says. Reviews...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield of California have contributed $23.8 million to defeat a November ballot initiative that would allow California's insurance commissioner to deny health premium increases seen as excessive. The funding went to Californians Against...
News Story
4/23/2014
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Google spent $3.82 million lobbying the USA's federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014 making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer...
News Release
4/22/2014
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WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms...
News Story
4/21/2014
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Good Friday was a good day for opponents of a ballot initiative to regulate health insurance prices. The coalition of doctors, hospitals and insurance companies last week reported collecting nearly $24 million from Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Foundation Health...
News Story
4/21/2014
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General Mills reverses course on right to sue after backlash by consumers. General Mills, maker of Cheerios and Wheaties, thinks it deserves credit for reversing itself after quietly trying to strip customers of their constitutional right to a day in court. But that...
News Story
4/16/2014
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Before Californians have a chance to vote in November on a controversial ballot measure to regulate health insurance rate hikes they will be bombarded by advertising and media campaigns on both sides of the issue. Television and print blitzes are expected to begin at...
News Story
4/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Google Glass raises privacy and safety concerns, said Consumer Watchdog in a report released Monday (http://bit.ly/RlstR8). "Google Glass threatens the privacy of both people whose images are captured unbeknownst to them and the user of the device," said...
News Story
4/12/2014
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As California voters mull a proposed ballot initiative aimed at sniffing out malpractice and abuse, a Bakersfield OB-GYN has lost his license for allegedly writing prescriptions for "illegitimate uses." Dr. Richard Wallrath was already on probation from a...