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Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

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Uber, a startup that allows you to hail a car from your smartphone, is facing a fresh round of legal trouble, this time in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that regulators have charged the company with a number of legal violations, including assessing a mandatory 20 percent tip and then...
Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

German minister pens open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, threatens to quit Facebook

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German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has written an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, expressing her concerns about Facebook’s plans to further relax data protection regulations on the social networking site. She refers to the recent tweaks the company made to its privacy policy in anticipation of new...
German minister pens open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, threatens to quit Facebook

As Software Industry Patent Wars Rage, the Consumer Is Not Without an Advocate

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Microsoft’s recent acquisition of a $1 billion chunk of AOL’s patent portfolio, followed hot on its heels by Facebook’s payment to Microsoft for access to a significant part of that portfolio, is just the latest intrigue in what has become a worldwide intellectual property mêlée between the tech giants. No...
As Software Industry Patent Wars Rage, the Consumer Is Not Without an Advocate

Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

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The freemium kids’ app party that has seen some parents left with hefty bills because of their kids’ use of games could be heading for a sticky end — at least in the U.K. The Office of Fair Trading has announced a six-month investigation into whether children are being “unfairly...
Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

Apple faces Portugal lawsuit over AppleCare

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Apple is currently facing yet another international lawsuit over its AppleCare extended warranties. The Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) is said to have announced plans to sue the company for misleading customers into paying for unnecessary coverage, as local laws already require electronics manufacturers to honor warranty claims for...
Apple faces Portugal lawsuit over AppleCare

Netflix boosts D.C. profile by forming PAC

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Why would a Web video-rental service need a Political Action Committee? To help support lawmakers who support things like Net Neutrality, consumer protection and copyright issues. [Read more]...
Netflix boosts D.C. profile by forming PAC

DEAR CATHOLIC CHURCH: It's Time You Dropped This Ridiculous No-Birth-Control Thing

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The Obama Administration has declared war on the Catholic Church over birth control, which is leading to an interesting showdown. Our current betting is that Obama will cave and allow Catholic organizations to buy insurance that does not cover birth control--which some Catholic leaders still apparently, ludicrously, say is...
DEAR CATHOLIC CHURCH: It's Time You Dropped This Ridiculous No-Birth-Control Thing

Portuguese consumer group to sue Apple over AppleCare

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The Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO) announced on Wednesday intentions to move forward with a lawsuit against Apple over information provided on the company's website which allegedly misleads buyers into purchasing the add-on AppleCare Protection Plan....
Portuguese consumer group to sue Apple over AppleCare

As Regulators Seek To Revise Limo Rules, Uber's On-Demand Car Service Faces ShutDown In Chicago

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Another day, another regulator seeking to shut down Uber. At least that’s what it looks like this time in Chicago. The city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection department (BACP) last week issued proposed regulations that would essentially prohibit car services from using electronic devices to measure time and distance to...
As Regulators Seek To Revise Limo Rules, Uber's On-Demand Car Service Faces ShutDown In Chicago

After Last Year’s Debacle, Airbnb Ups User Protection With $1M Host Guarantee

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As people become increasingly comfortable using web platforms to swap homes, cars, and everything in between, some have said that collaborative consumption movement has the potential to be as profound as the industrial revolution. But, before that can happen, platforms that deal in collaborative consumption have to do more to...
After Last Year’s Debacle, Airbnb Ups User Protection With $1M Host Guarantee

Apple under fire in Portugal for 'deceptive' AppleCare policies

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An organization known as the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection says it wants Apple to "properly" inform Portuguese consumers about their rights. [Read more]...
Apple under fire in Portugal for 'deceptive' AppleCare policies
EU Justice Commissioner calls for investigation into Apple's warranty practices

Track Who’s Tracking You With Mozilla Collusion

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs took the TED stage Tuesday morning to introduce Collusion, a Firefox browser add-on that lets you track who’s tracking you across the web for behavioral targeting purposes. Describing the medium as “an area of consumer protection that’s almost entirely naked,” Kovacs...
Track Who’s Tracking You With Mozilla Collusion
Should white hat hackers disclose their work to governments, companies, and the media?

President Obama nominates Tom Wheeler as next FCC Chairman

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Not that there was much doubt after yesterday, but President Obama has just officially nominated Tom Wheeler to be the next Chairman of the FCC. In a statement, outgoing Chairman Julius Genachowski says that he has known Wheeler personally and professionally for almost 20 years, and says that with...
President Obama nominates Tom Wheeler as next FCC Chairman

We Need An FDA for Computers

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It won't be long before not only our phones but also our TVs, cars, refrigerators, pacemakers, and most other essential equipment are just networked computers in different shapes. When that happens, using those devices responsibly become more complicated than just turning on an iPad and letting Apple handle the rest. We...
We Need An FDA for Computers

Why is China's state-run media targeting Apple? Five theories

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Consumer protection? Negative marketing? Negotiating ploy? Payback? Squeeze? FORTUNE -- The drumbeat hasn't stopped. Not only has China's Central TV been running regular follow ups to its March 15 expose on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone repair policies, but on Thursday People's Daily -- the Communist Party's official propaganda organ -- attacked the company for...
Why is China's state-run media targeting Apple? Five theories
Under new rules, Uber faces Chicago closure

After Fining Them, California Regulator Decides To Evaluate Ride-Sharing Services Like Lyft And SideCar

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It was just a few months ago that the California Public Utilities Commission was writing cease-and-desist letters and issuing citations against ride-sharing services like Lyft and SideCar. But today the regulator agreed to evaluate the safety of those services, in what in what could be a big step toward legitimizing...
After Fining Them, California Regulator Decides To Evaluate Ride-Sharing Services Like Lyft And SideCar

Obama's Privacy Push Means Business As Usual For Web Firms

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If the Obama administration wanted a simpler way to protect consumer privacy, it didn't need to issue a dense report or pressure on Congress to pass laws increasing government oversight of the private sector - especially during an election year. The White House simply needed to look in its own...
Obama's Privacy Push Means Business As Usual For Web Firms

More Problems For Apple In Portugal? Apparently It's Getting Sued For 40M Euros By A Reseller [Report]

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Another legal tangle for Apple in Portugal? Just days after a consumer rights group in the country said it was preparing to bring legal action against Apple over the wording of its AppleCare warranty service, it has emerged that an IT reseller and distributor called Taboada & Barros is already...
More Problems For Apple In Portugal? Apparently It's Getting Sued For 40M Euros By A Reseller [Report]
‘Anonymous’ hacks two more U.S. government websites

Public Well-Being Must Be 'Primary Measurement' Of US-EU Trade Agreement

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Now that the US and EU have officially announced the start of talks on a new bilateral free trade agreement -- sorry, a "trade and investment partnership" -- groups in both regions are trying to work out what this will mean for them and their constituents. Arguably the most...
Public Well-Being Must Be 'Primary Measurement' Of US-EU Trade Agreement

Path fined $800,000 by FTC over iOS privacy breach

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Social networking app grabbed personal contact data from iPhone and iPad users and allowed children under 13 to sign upThe Silicon Valley company Path has been fined $800,000, the largest amount ever against an app builder, by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It has also been bound over on...
Path fined $800,000 by FTC over iOS privacy breach
Congress still not satisfied with Apple’s privacy protections, requests briefing
Will Regulations Kill The Sharing Economy?

Cordray Faces Tough Crowd At First Senate Hearing

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Tuesday welcomed Richard Cordray to his first Senate hearing as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a polite warning: Your time on the job could be short. "I can't imagine how anybody could maintain, under the circumstances, that your appointment and your service...
Cordray Faces Tough Crowd At First Senate Hearing

FTC report on mobile payments raises concerns about 'cramming' on carrier billing

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The FTC held a workshop on mobile payments last year, and it's now followed that up with a full report that raises a few concerns and offers some recommendations for the industry. Those include the expected issues of privacy and security, which the FTC encourages companies to step up...
FTC report on mobile payments raises concerns about 'cramming' on carrier billing

Ready, Set, Crowdfund: President Obama To Sign JOBS Act Tomorrow

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On March 22nd, a slightly modified “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (or JOBS) Act” was approved by the Senate in a 73-26 vote. Last week, the House of Representatives, too, showed its support for the bill, giving it the green light in its own 380 to 41 vote. Tomorrow, President Obama...
Ready, Set, Crowdfund: President Obama To Sign JOBS Act Tomorrow

YouTube fights Russian public safety agency's video ban

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Google's video site, YouTube, is challenging a Russian federal agency's ban on one of the videos it hosts in a bid to clarify the effects of a law some Russian IT companies say could lead to Internet censorship. YouTube filed suit in a Moscow court after the Russian federal...
YouTube fights Russian public safety agency's video ban
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