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2014-02-04 08:34:03

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In advance of today's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) meeting, "Follow-On Biologics Workshop: Impact of Recent Legislative and Regulatory Naming Proposals on Competition," health advocacy organizations from across the country jointly submitted a letter to FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez, urging the Commission to give patient safety and consumer protection the important weight and priority they deserve. The Alliance for Patient...

2014-01-28 16:25:03

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 24, 2014, in the matter Federal Trade Commission v. St. Luke's Health System, Ltd., Judge B. Lynn Winmill, of the US District Court in the District of Idaho, ordered divestiture of the affiliation between St. Luke's Health System (St. Luke's) and Saltzer Medical Group (Saltzer). In December 2012, St. Luke's, an Idaho-based system that operates nine hospitals and employs hundreds of physicians, acquired Saltzer, Idaho's largest...

2014-01-27 08:34:42

RESTON, Va., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced that, in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's Decision and Order dated September 20, 2013, it has signed an agreement to acquire and license certain assets related to cross-platform audience measurement services of Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron, Inc.), including television and radio data collected through the Portable People Meter (PPM). This...

2014-01-22 23:03:26

The FTC has ordered Apple to refund at least $32.5 million in app sales to kids. Technologist Jason Hennessey says the settlement is a warning to other tech companies. Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Parental authorization of a digital purchase does not give kids—or app distributors—carte blanche for more purchases, according to a settlement the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached with Apple last week. The settlement forces Apple to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds for...

2014-01-22 08:33:50

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group said that the Internet giant's plan to link Google+ accounts to Gmail, so that a user can send an email to a Gmail account, without knowing the address...

Apple Settles FCC In-App Purchases
2014-01-16 15:08:41

Bryan P. Carpender for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Apple’s iDevices and App Store are so easy, even a child can use them. Now that simplicity is going to cost Apple a pretty penny. On Wednesday, Apple agreed to settle a claim with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which requires Apple to refund $32.5 million to parents whose children racked up hefty tabs of in-app purchases. However, this is only the latest complaint regarding unauthorized charges surrounding children’s...

2014-01-15 12:24:18

Company Also Will Modify its Billing Practices Under FTC Settlement WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Apple Inc. has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of $32.5 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids' mobile apps without their parents' consent. Under the terms of the settlement with the FTC, Apple also will be required to...

2014-01-11 23:03:16

RF Safe issues a consumer alert on cell phone radiation protection scams; suggesting the FTC needs to reexamine companies making false advertising claims about cell phone radiation protection. Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 11, 2014 According to RF Safe, there are a growing number of products coming onto the market that make statements which claim to offer protection from mobile phone radiation/emissions and simply do not work. It's been over a decade ago that RF Safe Founder, John...

2014-01-09 16:23:08

Online businesses directed towards children under 13 years of age now have access to a new and better technology for verifying parental consent and complying with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Imperium®, an established industry leader in fraud prevention and identity validation solutions, is pleased to announce that ChildGuardOnline has received approval from the FTC for its knowledge-based authentication method...

Dieters Beware: Weight Loss Products May Use Deceptive Marketing
2014-01-08 05:37:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most New Year's resolutions include wanting to become healthier, or to lose weight. There are literally thousands of products out there claiming that they can help a person achieve those goals. Not all of them tell the truth, nor do they have ethical practices when advertising. This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a "law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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