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2014-08-28 16:24:49

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jan Volzke, founder and CEO of NUMBERCOP (http://www.numbercop.com/), has been selected as a winner of the FTC's Robocall Hackathon at this year's DEF CON hackers' convention. Known as "Zapping Rachel," the FTC contest challenged mobile security experts to find a cure for the epidemic of fraudulent and illegal robocalls. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/141108Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/141107...

2014-08-18 12:27:41

DUBLIN, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The Overveiw of Japanese Generic Drug Market" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 This report talks about the overview of Japanese generic drug market. It gives the readers ann understanding of the overall climate surrounding generic market in Japan. The report covers related regulations, generics's share in Japan, market size, primary makers, market trend,...

2014-08-01 12:24:16

Many Apps Fail to Provide Information On Payment Dispute Mechanisms, Privacy WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new staff report issued by the Federal Trade Commission finds that many mobile apps for use in shopping do not provide consumers with important information - such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data - prior to download. The report, "What's the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," looked at some of the most...

2014-07-28 12:26:14

Staff Report Details Needed Changes to Protect Consumers From Scams WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report issued today, the Federal Trade Commission staff recommends steps that mobile carriers and other companies should take to prevent consumers from being stuck with unauthorized charges on their mobile phone bills, an unlawful practice known as mobile cramming. The report focuses on the multi-billion dollar business known as carrier billing, which refers...

2014-07-22 12:27:48

Impact on Health Not the Only Issue in Unregulated Industry MADISON, Conn., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers curious about trying e-cigarettes are being swindled in droves by unscrupulous companies advertising free trials and special deals, according to an analysis of nearly 600 consumer complaints to the FTC by advocacy group truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org). The advertising watchdog launched an investigation into the rapidly growing industry after receiving...

2014-07-21 08:22:04

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RouteOne LLC will discuss the forthcoming scrutiny of F&I products by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during a complimentary webinar on July 23, 2014 at 12PM EDT. During the webinar, entitled "CFPB and FTC Update: All About Add-Ons," RouteOne Staff Attorney Joseph Karam and National Business Development Manager Jesse Pappas will discuss the cost of compliance, provide a...

2014-07-18 16:24:54

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its ongoing efforts to eradicate robocallers like "Rachel From Cardholder Services," the Federal Trade Commission announced the official rules for its second robocall challenge, Zapping Rachel. The contest will be held at DEF CON 22 in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10, and offers participants $17,000 in cash prizes for open-source solutions to help build the next-generation robocall honeypot, circumvent or trick a honeypot, and analyze data...

2014-07-10 12:28:39

No Password or Other Indication of Parental Consent Was Required for Charges in Kids' Apps; Internal E-mail Referred to Situation as "House on Fire" WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today in federal court. The FTC's lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds to...

Apple Coaxes FTC Into Probing Google Play Store Purchases
2014-07-10 10:34:34

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this year Apple agreed to a $32.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized in-app purchases, and apparently the iPhone and iPad maker didn't believe it should be singled out. Politico reported on Wednesday that Apple's top lawyer contacted the FTC about Google, its top competitor in the mobile phone operating system and app market. "I thought this article might be of some interest,...

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2014-07-03 04:58:57

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Wednesday the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon.com is apparently standing its ground and could look to take on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a request that the ecommerce retailer tighten its policies for purchases made by children when using mobile applications. The paper reported that Amazon said in a letter to the FTC that it was prepared to "defend our approach in court." The retailer took this course of action...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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