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FTC Finds Google Rivals' Pain Is Users' Gain

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.07.2013 | Technology

Google does indeed manipulate search results to favor some websites over others, federal regulators said in a much-awaited decision on Thursday. B...

Government Finds No Evidence To Claim That Google Is Acting Like A Monopoly

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in it...

Google May Not Be Off The Hook Yet

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which had been expected to wrap up an anti-trust probe into Google within days, will now de...

New Regulations Might Put A Stop To Kid-Friendly Apps

AP | By RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 02.16.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinso...

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - The Holidays and Theft

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month because of the increase in instances of theft in the last few months of the year? Theft comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and it is important to realize we are all susceptible.

Gerry Smith

Government To Parents: Your Kid's Favorite App May Know Too Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.09.2013 | Technology

Parents, that app your kid just downloaded may know more about him than you realize. Dozens of mobile apps for children are collecting and sharing...

Apple: 1.. Google: 0

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google unit Motorola Mobility is not entitled to ask a court to stop the sale of Apple iPhones and iPads that it says infringe ...

Gerry Smith

Should Anyone Really Care If Google's Evil?

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology

To those who follow the policy minutiae of the tech world, the government's investigation of Google's search and advertising business is an epic showd...

Gerry Smith

Microsoft Claims Google 'Scroogled' Shoppers, But Bing Uses Mix of Paid and Unpaid Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.29.2012 | Technology

As the Federal Trade Commission nears a decision on whether to sue Google for antitrust violations, a new company practice has emerged as an example o...

Larry Page Goes To Washington

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page met with officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington on Tuesday, as...

Hints At How The Government Will Go After Google

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal regulators investigating Google for a range of accusations of antitrust violations took a...

Surprise: Lawmakers Who Received Donations From Google Don't Think Google Acts 'Unfair'

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to steer clear of expanding its authority as it investigates allegat...

Deceptive Mortgage Ads Lead To FTC Warning

AP | Posted 01.19.2013 | Money

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it sent letters to 20 mortgage advertisers, warning them that their advertisements may...

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 4)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

Nipping at Google's heels. That's what U.S. federal agencies and some foreign governments have been doing. But the issues they've looked at are trivial. It's time we all looked at the larger ones.

Robocalls: Defying Logic By Continuing to Exist

Jason Kitchen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jason Kitchen

"Honey, grab the kids, Mitt's on the line! I'm going to put it on speakerphone. Aw, isn't that nice of him, taking time out of his schedule to call us directly? You've got my vote, Governor! Thanks for calling!"

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 3)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 01.02.2013 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

s it unlawful for Google to collect and organize vast volumes of information about you, your family, and your business and then to use that information to try to alter your behavior? Nope. Is Google a threat to our civil liberties? Yep.

FTC Inches Closer To Going After Google AGAIN

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Federal Trade Commission staff report has recommended that the government sue Google for violating U.S. antitrust law because...

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 2)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 12.31.2012 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not and must not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must and will eventually be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.

Catherine New

Debt Collection Rules Fall Short For Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

For the first time, a single federal government agency will oversee the debt collection industry starting next year, marking a monumental victory for ...

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 1)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.

McDonald's Endangered Kids' Privacy?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.23.2012 | Parents

Months after McDonald's was accused of violating child online privacy laws in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the fast food giant...

When Debt Collectors Attack (Disabled American War Heroes)

Adam Levin | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Adam Levin

When it comes to scandalous behavior by debt collectors, I thought I'd heard it all. Still, the case of war veteran Michael Collier is a new low and paints a clear picture of a truly ugly nook in the financial services industry.

Harassed For A Bill She NEVER Owed

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.18.2012 | Money

It's one thing to be harassed about an unpaid bill. It's another thing to be harassed about a bill you never actually owed. Brandy De Alba, a Calif...

Will R-I-C-O Spell 'Relief' for BofA Mortgage Borrowers?

Joel Sucher | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
Joel Sucher

Down the line, many hope that what Occupy has failed to accomplish, hard-nosed prosecutors might be able to provide: a measure of justice for the millions of aggrieved homeowners either forced out in foreclosure.

Report: Government ThisClose To Suing Google For Gaming Search Results

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust cas...