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Google's EU antitrust settlement proposals won't be enough, competition chief hints

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When Google offered a series of concessions in order to settle its search-related antitrust investigation in Europe, some of those whose complaints had kicked off the whole affair were quick to dismiss Google’s proposals. And now it looks like the European Commission itself will also tell the U.S. firm to...
Google's EU antitrust settlement proposals won't be enough, competition chief hints

Alleged tech support scammers settle FTC charges

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Operators of two alleged tech support scams that charged consumers hundreds of dollars to supposedly fix their computers have settled charges from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission....
Alleged tech support scammers settle FTC charges

Google's Android Apps Caught Providing Developers With Personal User Information (GOOG)

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's privacy practices are drawing heat after an Australian software developer said the company was providing him with personal information, including email addresses, of everyone who purchased his mobile app. The information that Google shared, which included customers' full names, email and some postal code...
Google's Android Apps Caught Providing Developers With Personal User Information (GOOG)

Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

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As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant’s peacemaker and explainer-in-chief. Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman met with lawmakers in Washington last week as the Federal Trade Commission appeared closer...
Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

FTC announces new crackdown on robocalls #thecircuit

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Robocalls: The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against five agencies that they say made illegal robocalls claiming to give consumers a way to lower the interest rate on their credit card debt. The five companies may have taken in as much as $30 million from consumers in the...
FTC announces new crackdown on robocalls #thecircuit
FTC files charges against spammers accused of sending 180 million text messages
"Can you fix my Windows 95 computer?": How to troll a tech support scammer

Reaction To Facebook's FTC Charge: No Like

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The Federal Trade Commission says Facebook charged app developers for services it never provided. More than developers, it was the social giant itself that seems hurt the worst by the incident. The FTC says Facebook collected about $95,000 from app developers who each paid up to $375 per app to...
Reaction To Facebook's FTC Charge: No Like

Chief economists of EU Commission and FTC make proposals for FRAND dispute resolution

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Competition Policy International (CPI) has published a six-page paper entitled "Standard Setting Organizations [SSOs] Can Help Solve the Standard Essential Patents Licensing Problem" jointly authored by three professors, two of whom currently head the economics departments of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition (Kai-Uwe Kuehn, or "Kühn" in German) and...
Chief economists of EU Commission and FTC make proposals for FRAND dispute resolution

Congressman to FTC: Hands Off Google

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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz best tread carefully if he opts to bring antitrust charges against Google. Because one misstep and Congress will get medieval on him. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, feels that taking legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behavior is a lousy idea —...
Congressman to FTC: Hands Off Google

FTC speaks up on mobile privacy as chairman gets set to step down #thecircuit

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FTC releases mobile privacy report: Mobile privacy guidelines released Friday by the Federal Trade Commission outline the agency's recommendations for how best to inform consumers about how mobile apps collect and use personal information. Read full article >>...
FTC speaks up on mobile privacy as chairman gets set to step down #thecircuit

'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

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The last time Techdirt wrote about "pay for delay" deals, whereby a big pharma company essentially buys off manufacturers of generics so that the former can continue to enjoy monopoly pricing long after its patents have expired, things didn't look too good. Back in 2010, the Second Circuit had...
'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

Behind Google's Antitrust Escape

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After early hopes for a sweeping antitrust case against Google, it became clear to the Federal Trade Commission last fall that no such lawsuit was in the offing....
Behind Google's Antitrust Escape

The FTC Is Paying $50,000 To Anyone Who Can Rid Us Of Those Pesky Robocalls

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An unknown number flashes across the screen of your phone's caller ID. It's not an 800 number. In fact, it has a seemingly real area code, from "Bayonne, New Jersey." Though you don't know anyone from Bayonne, New Jersey, you decide to pick up. "Hello?" "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU'VE BEEN PRE-SELEC--" Click....
The FTC Is Paying $50,000 To Anyone Who Can Rid Us Of Those Pesky Robocalls

Privacy group wants FTC to examine Facebook-Datalogix partnership

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should analyze Facebook's relationship with a data marketer to ensure it doesn't violate the social networking site's recently approved settlement, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said Monday. Facebook is working with Datalogix, a company based in Colorado that specializes in collecting data from retailers...
Privacy group wants FTC to examine Facebook-Datalogix partnership

FTC probes mobile apps firms over child privacy concerns

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The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it has launched multiple investigations into mobile apps companies that have potentially violated child online privacy laws. The action comes after the agency completed a comprehensive survey of Apple's and Google's mobile apps stores, where the agency found the vast majority of developers of...
FTC probes mobile apps firms over child privacy concerns

FCC commissioner McDowell will beat chairman Genachowski out the door as he announces his resignation

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Today Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Robert McDowell announced that he will step down from his post in the coming few weeks. McDowell is among the group of five commissioners that comprise the FCC’s leadership. His departure comes at a somewhat odd timing, as BizJournals noted today in its coverage of the news,...
FCC commissioner McDowell will beat chairman Genachowski out the door as he announces his resignation
Apple's Tim Cook never wanted to sue key supplier Samsung

Thou Shalt Not Lie: FTC set to hit Google for millions over Safari incident

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Another day, another privacy payout. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google will pay $22.5 million to settle claims that it hacked users’ iPhones in order to serve ads to them. The incident stems from a highly publicized incident in February in which a Stanford graduate student discovered that...
Thou Shalt Not Lie: FTC set to hit Google for millions over Safari incident

FTC returns $2.3M from online work-at-home scheme

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has begun mailing 93,086 refund checks totaling nearly $2.3 million to consumers who were allegedly charged hidden fees by a fake work-at-home service that used Google's name to advertise....
FTC returns $2.3M from online work-at-home scheme
FTC expands probe of data broker industry, ordering nine companies to open up about practices

Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald's, General Mills over kids' privacy law

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Several privacy and children's advocacy groups have written to the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to investigate large companies such as McDonald's and General Mills for using marketing techniques they say violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter also names Doctor's Associates, Inc. -- the owner...
Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald's, General Mills over kids' privacy law

Reports: FTC investigates Google over Motorola patents

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Google's Motorola Mobility unit to determine whether it is stifling innovation in the mobile market by refusing to license certain patents to its competitors, according to published reports....
Reports: FTC investigates Google over Motorola patents

Looks Like Google Might Not Be Getting That Sweetheart Deal From the FTC

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After continued leaks and reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission would go easy on Google with an antitrust settlement reached this week, the tides seem to be turning. The FTC will likely push its deliberation on Google’s competitive practices until next year so it can continue to deliberate on...
Looks Like Google Might Not Be Getting That Sweetheart Deal From the FTC

Google antitrust suit may have similar impact to Microsoft case in the 1990s

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US Federal Trade Commission initiative could see search giant facing proceedings on both sides of the AtlanticThe US Federal Trade Commission is preparing a case against Google that could lead to a full antitrust lawsuit similar to the action taken against Microsoft at the end of the 1990s, the Guardian...
Google antitrust suit may have similar impact to Microsoft case in the 1990s

FTC Google Settlement

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Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking "cookies" or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the...
FTC Google Settlement
Whoops: Google reveals it didn't delete all of its Street View Wi-Fi data

The FTC's Guide To Peddling Bogus Diet Pills On Twitter

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The last time the Federal Trade Commission issued a primer on online ads it was 2000. Things were different back then. So, time for an update. Which is pretty straightforward. Just like it did in the dial-up era, the FTC would like you not to lie when you sell stuff. If...
The FTC's Guide To Peddling Bogus Diet Pills On Twitter

Microsoft Contends FTC-Google Deal Kills Pending Motorola Patent Cases

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Though the agreement Google reached with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last week was in many ways expected, there’s one issue that really doesn’t seem to be clear. That is: What is Google required to do with the existing standards-essential patent cases it is currently fighting on behalf of its...
Microsoft Contends FTC-Google Deal Kills Pending Motorola Patent Cases

ACLU complains to FTC that mobile carriers leave Android phones unsecured

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Smartphones with custom versions of Android offered by large mobile operators in the U.S. are not getting security updates as regularly as phones from Google, or smartphones from other vendors like Microsoft, according to a complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union to the Federal Trade Commission....
ACLU complains to FTC that mobile carriers leave Android phones unsecured
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