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Regulators Want Tougher Online Privacy Protections For Kids

L.A. Times | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed tougher privacy protections for preteens surfing the Internet as the government seeks to update safeguards put...

Google's 5 Most Expensive Acquisitions To Date

The Huffington Post | Cooper Smith | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology

Google announced on its blog Monday that it plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. If the deal is approved by antitrust regula...

WATCH: How The DOJ Helped Birth A Massive Phone Scam

DailyFinance | Bruce Watson | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Senate have all taken aim at "cramming," a multibillion dollar i...

Millions In Refund Checks Mailed To Countrywide Borrowers

AP | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of homeowners who took out mortgages with Countrywide Financial Corp. will soon receive their slice of a $108 mill...

Google Is No Microsoft

David Balto | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business
David Balto

Any analogy between a potential antitrust case against Google and the antitrust case against Microsoft ignores the underlying facts and is a misguided over-simplification of the complicated nature of the on-line search market.

Bianca Bosker

Is Google The Next Microsoft? Antitrust Inquiry Could Be On The Horizion

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 08.23.2011 | Technology

Is Google the next Microsoft? The question, which has been asked most often in regard to Google's ability to innovate, takes on new significance am...

Oil Companies Investigated For Possible Market Manipulation

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

This would help to explain those high gas prices. Late Monday, federal regulators announced an investigation into whether oil companies and refine...

FTC Settles Over Data Breach, 'Deceptive' Practices

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 07.03.2011 | Technology

Two companies have settled charges leveled by the Federal Trade Commission that they failed to adequately protect large quantities of sensitive employ...

FTC: Game Industry Best At Preventing Sale Of Mature Content To Minors

Joystiq | Mike Schramm | Posted 06.21.2011 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission recently conducted an annual undercover shopping survey and found that, of the various consumer entertainment industries,...

Federal Trade Commission Considers Antitrust Investigation Of Google

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2011 | Technology

April 5, 2011 3:10:56 AM NEW YORK, April 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google In...

Google +1: Facebook, You've Been "Checked"

Pedro L. Rodriguez | Posted 05.30.2011 | Technology
Pedro L. Rodriguez

Yesterday, Google announced the arrival of +1, a tool that adds an element of social networking to the company's search engine. If you think it bears any similarity to Facebook's "Like" button, you are not alone.

Debtors' Prison in 2011

Wall Street Journal | JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some lawmakers, judges and regulators are trying to rein in the U.S. debt-collection industry's use of arrest warrants to recoup money owed by borrowe...

Colorado Among The Most Scammed States In The Country

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado is among the nation's most scammed states, according to data released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The annual FTC report on frau...

Chris Kirkham

FTC Targets 'Last Dollar Frauds' Preying On The Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tom Bernard was swayed by a simple e-mail pitch in June 2009: he could make money from home by building his own web site, using th...

FTC Warns About Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Dangers

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

The agency says users on public Wi-Fi hotspots should "only log in to sites that are fully encrypted." Encrypted sites have an https at the beginning of their address and typically have a lock in the lower right corner of the browser.

Understanding Credit Scores

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Alderman

In this economic climate, it's more important than ever to protect -- and repair -- your credit score.

Are the Kids All Right? The "Digital Natives"

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Concern for children has been an issue since the popularization of Internet use in the mid-1990s. But while children of the digital revolution they are, natives of culture driven by the digital they are not.

Web Privacy: Consumers Have More Control Than They Think

David Gorodyansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Gorodyansky

Instead of waiting for federal regulators to safeguard their online privacy, millions of Americans are now beginning to take matters into their own hands.

Do We Need a "'Do Not Track" Tool and Will It Help?

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

As a partial remedy for online tracking, the Federal Trade Commission is proposing a "Do Not Track" tool that would enable consumers to tell marketers not to track them as they surf the Net.

Chicago Judge Shuts Down Nationwide Tax Scam

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Thousands of consumers drowning in tax debt fell victim to a nationwide scam by a California-based company whose owners enjoyed a lavi...

Why You Should Opt-Out of the Internet Do Not Track Bill

Brett Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brett Greene

Common wisdom tells us that people hate advertising. Is this true, or is this is a myth? People don't hate advertising; they hate advertising for stuff they don't want.

Will We Get a "Do Not Track Me" List for Our Personal Information Online?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jamie Court

The question of whether the government can compel online companies -- that advertise based on the information they collect -- to give us the "do not track me" option is apparently one for Congress to decide.

Will Online Privacy Look Different Tomorrow?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jamie Court

Wednesday morning we will finally get a glimpse of the Federal Trade Commission's year-long study about how consumers can be protected online and whether a "Do Not Track Me" list is possible.

Growing Concerns Over Internet Privacy

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John M. Eger

It is becoming clear that in our increasing zeal to promote the marvels of the Internet, we may be seriously eroding the fundamental rights of the average citizen and consumer.

Top 10 Job Scams that Target the Unemployed

DailyFinance | CARRIE COOLIDGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rarely has there been a riper time for con artists to come out of the woodwork to lure unsuspecting victims into their lairs, with such advertisements...