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1/2/2011
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Ever search the Internet for information on a condition such as asthma, depression or diabetes, only to be plagued by pop-up ads for drugs for that condition? You're not alone. Consumer and privacy groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission, the government...
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12/31/2010
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Mercury Insurance cuts an estimated total of 72 million dollar in rates for drivers. This happened after the company was challenged by the Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit group closely working with the Department of Insurance. Consumer Watchdog’s...
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12/31/2010
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    Image via CrunchBase If 2010’s holiday sales are going to be any indication of business in 2011 then retailers have little to worry about. If only. They do, of course. The economy is still shaky, various surveys can’t come...
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12/28/2010
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Apple is in the sights of privacy advocates concerned over the lack of controls to prevent abuses in the mobile world. "At least in the wired or online world, the consumer has some kind of privacy policy on which to rely... [that] will give some kind of idea of...
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12/28/2010
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Former Googler Andrew McLaughlin resigned from the White House last week after two nearly two years as one of President Obama's top Internet policy experts. McLaughlin told Politico that he was shedding the bureaucratic environment to launch two start-ups, and...
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12/27/2010
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The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, December 27, 2010: Internet companies track and sell advertisers virtually everything we do online. That's why a 'do not track me' system is vital. If Washington fails to...
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12/23/2010
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It'll be a little more upscale than the impromptu dinner at a Chinese restaurant where Jerry Brown celebrated his first swearing-in as California governor three decades ago — but maybe not by much. Brown, who takes back the office on Jan. 3, won...
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12/23/2010
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Responding to Mercury News reports documenting how outside interests exert undue influence on the state Legislature, political watchdog groups this week called for California legislators to make their calendars public to reveal lobbyists' intrusive role in...
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12/23/2010
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Precursor President Scott Cleland throws a pensive glance outside his office building in McLean, Va. AP View Enlarged Image   Scott Cleland is one tough Google critic. From his office in McLean, Va., as founder and president of research...
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12/22/2010
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Plan would make insurers justify hikes above 10% Health insurance companies that increase premiums by more than 10 percent would be required to justify those higher rates publicly, according to new rules proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration. Under the...