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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 | 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.

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...

FTC: Misleading Telemarketers Fined $18 Million

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Telephone fundraisers who duped consumers about their donations to police and firefighters must pay a record fine worth $18.8 milli...

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...

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.

Buffalo's Debt Collectors Allegedly Using Illegal Tactics To Intimidate Debtors

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON AND DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. — When Tobias "Bags of Money" Boyland went looking for a new career after serving 13 years in prison for armed robbery and drug de...

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...

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.

True "Equality" In the Chip Market?

Lars H. Liebeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lars H. Liebeler

The FTC's charges that Intel acted unfairly to protect its market share from AMD and Nvidia are both ironic and inconsistent.