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The Debt Relief Rip-Off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Desperate people want to believe it's true. They want to believe that there are companies that can easily get rid of their credit card debt. More often than not, they are deeply disappointed.

"Humanewashing" Industrial Agribusiness

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wayne Pacelle

Contrary to the Rose Acre's cheerful claims, our investigator found birds with broken bones and untreated, prolapsed uteruses; mummified corpses in cages with live hens; and abandoned hens who had fallen into manure pits.

One Bad Apple: Will Steve Jobs' Ego Undermine Apple's Success?

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mario Almonte

Apple's co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs will rightfully be credited as the driving force behind the company's spectacular success, but he may also prove to be the cause of the company's ultimate failure.

The Agriculture Industry's Trojan Horse

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The HSUS uncovered apparent violations of antitrust laws by the egg industry's primary trade association.

Massive Robocall Operation Shut Down By Chicago Federal Court

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Federal court judge in Chicago has pulled the plug on what the Federal Trade Commission is calling one of the nation's largest "robocalls" operation...

How a Government Tax Could Kill Media's Chance to Innovate

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Here's an idea for the FTC: tell traditional media to forget about handouts, adapt to the digital age, and create new business models that will delight consumers instead of tax them.

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.

F.T.C. Looks Into Amazon-Google Ties, Causing Amazon Boardmember Doerr To Step Down

The New York Times | MIGUEL HELFT and BRAD STONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

But people with direct knowledge of the matter now say Mr. Doerr's decision was prompted by a Federal Trade Commission inquiry into the close ties bet...

Federal Trade Commission Reins In On Blogger Swag Orgy

Nate C. Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nate C. Hindman

One hundred and fifty bloggers and reporters step off an airplane in Jamaica and the swag orgy begins: a free weekend, including airfare, at an all-inclusive beachside resort where advertisers shower them with free goods.

Are Privacy Groups Being Hyper-Sensitive Over Google Buzz

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Google Buzz is a week old and it has set the social networking ecosystem into a frenzy. Many opinions are polarized -- love it or hate it.

Avoiding Deceptive 'Opt-out' Online Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jason Alderman

Proverbs survive the test of time because of their universality. Take the adage, "One bad apple spoils the barrel." It teaches us that good people (or...

How To 'Stop Getting Ripped Off'

Bob Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bob Sullivan

Hidden fees may be a daily annoyance for you; but for America, they are an economic calamity.

The Unbearable Unawareness of Cyber-Harassment

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bennet Kelley

Every year, 1.5 million Americans are victims of cyber-harassment. For those affected, cyber-harassment threatens their careers and stains their reputations, sometimes for two years or more.

An Open Letter to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission

Randall Rothenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Randall Rothenberg

Does the FTC really intend to probe America's opinion-mongering apparatus this closely? Do you have a team of Freuds and Jungs able to examine "the weight" consumers give opinions from social media?

A Holiday Wish List That No One Should Fulfill

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Here are the "top ten" things our government could do in 2010 to reverse our nascent economic recovery. Of course, it shouldn't do any of these things - but its record causes me grave concern.

Obama's Soft-Spot For Google:

Fortune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

But Google's ambitions rankle big competitors in the tech, media, and communications sectors, and privacy hawks are starting to fret about the company...

New FTC Blogging Regulations: Forcing Transparency on a Culture of Full Disclosure

Ian Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ian Paul

The Federal Trade Commission has come up with a set of strange new regulations to protect consumers from potentially misleading information in the blogosphere and social networks.

Telemarketing Scam 356,000 checks to be sent to scam victims

walletpop.com | Mitch LipkaJan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than 356,000 victims of a massive nationwide telemarketing scam will be sent checks totaling more than $14 million, the Federal Trade Commission ...

Charities Running Out Of Turkeys To Give Away

Huffington Post | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of its Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up a few of the best local stories of the day. Charities across the nat...

Jason Linkins

FTC Official: "We Are Not Going To Be Patrolling The Blogosphere

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As you may have heard, twenty-first century advertisers have long been trying to persuade us to buy their products. But until very recently, they wer...

FTC Eyes Stricter Online Privacy Rules

Yahoo! News | Grant Gross, IDG News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to take a hard look at how it enforces consumer privacy standards in the coming months, with new rules for onl...

Car Dealers Exempt From New Consumer Protection Agency

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The House Financial Services Committee approved a key amendment Thursday, 47-21, to keep automobile dealers exempt them from a new government consumer protection agency.

Advertising, Children, And Public Health

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

What kind of society would invest billions in biomedical research to identify the dietary causes of illnesses, only to encourage young children to eat the very foods that cause those diseases?

Setting the Record Straight on the FTC's Testimonial and Endorsements Guide

Mary K. Engle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mary K. Engle

Randall Rothenberg recently took a shot at the FTC on the Huffington Post for its newly introduced Testimonial and Endorsements Guide. Here is our response.

Pfizer-Wyeth Deal Approved By FTC

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (AFP) -- US regulators gave tentative approval Wednesday to a deal allowing Pfizer to buy pharmaceutical Wyeth, boosting the size of the worl...