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.
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.
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.
In part, the JOBS Act permits entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million in any 12-month period with much less stringent requirements. Moreover, non-accredited investors will be permitted to invest up to $2,000 each.
Google's competitors cry foul concerning the search engine's algorithms and ranking practices, but fail to take even basic steps to comply with the transparency guidelines that are in play. The FTC is listening more closely to competitors, and losing sight of the industry.
Facebook's approach to its IPO was consistent with the way it has handled the personal data of its users. In both cases, it seems the company's leadership has pushed policies that are disproportionally focused on their personal enrichment at the expense of everyone else.