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FTC Google Investigation Ending
2012-12-17 21:38:11

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to anonymous sources, Google appears to have succeeded in negotiating an end to the FTC investigation that looked into the search engine giant´s search practices. The Washington Post reported on Monday the Federal Trade Commission has reached a deal that could end a nearly two-year-old investigation. News reports suggest the FTC would take no action against Google for its alleged abuse of power over the search...

FTC, Google Reportedly Close To Patent Settlement
2012-12-12 08:12:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Google are close to reaching a deal that would resolve an ongoing antitrust probe over Google´s use of patents it acquired through the purchase of Motorola Mobility, according to multiple media reports. The FTC began investigating Google´s use of these patents, which belong to a special class known as standard essential patents (SEPs), in June. The federal regulatory body has...

2012-12-11 16:24:40

WESTBROOK, Maine, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ, IDXX) and the staff of the Bureau of Competition of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") have signed a Consent Agreement to resolve the FTC's investigation into whether the Company engaged in unfair methods of competition. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110602/NE13041LOGO) Under the Consent Agreement, IDEXX cannot have exclusive distribution agreements with all three of MWI...

2012-12-10 12:23:09

Kids' Data Still Collected, Shared without Parents' Knowledge, Consent WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission issued a new staff report, "Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade examining the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play and Apple App stores. The report details the results of the FTC's second survey of kids' mobile apps. Since FTC staff's first survey of kids' mobile...

2012-12-04 16:28:01

Rogers Submits Comments to CRTC, Supports CWTA Draft Code TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Rogers Communications today reaffirmed its support for a National Consumer Wireless Code that will mean strong consumer protection standards that treat Canadians equally, regardless of where they live. Rogers has submitted comments to the CRTC that build on the draft code that the company put forward to the regulator this past spring. "Developing a National Consumer Wireless Code is...

2012-12-04 08:33:43

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's newest Federal Trade Commission nominee, who is expected to pledge to recuse himself from matters involving Google because of financial conflicts of interest, has anti-regulatory views at odds with the agency's consumer protection mission, said Consumer Watchdog today. "Wright's ties to Google are a problem," said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director, "but promising not to take part in decisions...

2012-11-19 16:33:06

DENVER, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Every month, consumers are provided with new online forums they can use to strike out at companies that disappoint them or defraud them in some way. PissedConsumer.com is the newest site to come on the scene, and according to InternetReputation.com, its prominence makes it a dangerous foe for people who want to protect the online reputations of their companies. Pissed Consumer claims to be a go-to resource for consumers harmed by fraudulent...

Google Safari Cookie Settlement Upheld
2012-11-18 06:05:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The fine levied against Google by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of a privacy-related investigation was upheld by a federal judge on Friday. According to Megan Geuss of Ars Technica, the Mountain View, California-based company was accused of implanting cookies on Safari web browsers without their user's knowledge or consent, and following an FTC probe, the two parties settled on a $22.5 million fine for the breach....

2012-11-17 08:20:21

CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Promotion Marketing Association's 34(th) Annual Marketing Law Conference concluded with a keynote address from FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. The conference, the largest ever, was attended by more than 650 leading attorneys, brand marketers and policymakers, and featured a robust program including more than 100 presentations on topics surrounding the legal intricacies of brand activation across ever-increasing and evolving media platforms....

2012-11-15 16:21:39

Hertz Agrees to Sell Advantage Rent A Car Business, 29 Other On-Airport Locations Nationwide WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission will require Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (Hertz) to sell its Advantage Rent A Car (Advantage) business, as well as the rights to operate 29 Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (Dollar Thrifty) on-airport locations around the country, under a proposed settlement that resolves charges that Hertz's $2.3 billion...