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Federal Trade Commission

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...

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...

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.

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.

FTC Panel On Future Of Journalism: Murdoch, Huffington Speak

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Media companies need to deliver compelling information on a variety of electronic devices and overcome readers' resistance to payin...

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?

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.

FTC Intel Antitrust Lawsuit: FTC Alleges Intel Tried To 'Snuff Out' Competition

AP | JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission piled on new antitrust charges against Intel Corp. on Wednesday, seeking to end what it described a...

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...

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?

Jason Linkins

Rupert Murdoch Comes Out For And Against Government Intervention In Journalism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rupert Murdoch brought a strong message for members of Congress: Don't even think about bailing out journalism with taxpayer money! And then, Murdoch delivered a whole bunch of other, decidedly mixed messages!

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.