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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...

Privacy Peace Talks

Christopher Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christopher Wolf

While the US lacks a comprehensive across-the-board privacy law like that in the EU and Israel, our framework of shared lawmaking authority and targeted enforcement has led to better privacy protection than ever.

Feds Strengthen Debt Settlement Rules

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Alderman

When faced with overwhelming debt, many people don't know where to turn: Should they file for bankruptcy, consolidate their debts into one loan to be ...

Climate Action: Part 2 - Down to Business

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Last year, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication conducted a survey of American attitudes on climate change. In one question, it asked who ...

Green News Report: October 7, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hungarian ...

FTC Revises Guidelines For 'Eco-Friendly' Products To Clear Up Misleading Claims

AP | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW YORK — It's an inconvenient truth: Many of the environmental claims in advertisements and packaging are more about raking in the green than ...

Hospital Deals Rival Wall Street on Kickbacks That Cost You Money

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

Candidates will be stumping for every vote in the upcoming midterm elections -- but how many are willing to buck the hospital corporations and medical device manufacturers in favor of you and me?

Mired In Debt? Here's How To Dig Out Safely

DailyFinance | SHERYL NANCE-NASH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

William Caniano used to work with a debt-settlement company and discusses the practice, among other topics, in his forthcoming book, The Art of Bullsp...

Why Facebook Users Need Protection

Jeff Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Fox

In a just-released report on social networks, Consumer Reports found that posting personal information on networks like Facebook, the largest social network, can threaten you and your family in a variety of ways.

The Death Squad of the Consumer: the Credit Scoring Agencies

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georges Ugeux

It is rather strange that, in the fury of the abuses by credit card issuers, little attention has been paid to those who, on behalf of the banks, ha...

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 | Food
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.

Bank Of America-Countrywide Settlement: Bank Will Pay $108 MILLION

AP | ALAN ZIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Bank of America will pay $108 million to settle federal charges that Countrywide Financial Corp., which it acquired nearly two year...

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...

New Free Credit Report Advertising Rule

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Now that it will be easier to find your free credit report, you may be curious about who else can see it and how it can be used. Start...