Tag: FTC

Google is increasingly similar to Big Brother's Oceania in 1984

NYT: How Google Squelches Competition

A long-form piece in the New York Times Magazine highlights how Google is under increasing scrutiny for anticompetitive practices and how it may lead to government regulation.

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FTC Probing Allegations of Amazon’s Deceptive Discounting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As part of its review of Amazon’s agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe.

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FCC Deregulation: Merger Mania as Courts to Rehear AT&T Mobility Case

President Trump’s deregulation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went into overdrive this week, with Sinclair Broadcasting launching the first of what will be many television industry consolidations, and the Ninth Circuit granting a full-court rehearing of its August AT&T Mobility decision.

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New FTC Chair May Pursue Silicon Valley Anti-Trust Enforcement

President Donald Trump’s power to appoint a majority of the Federal Trade Commission’s members and the agency’s Chairman may usher in aggressive enforcement of anti-trust laws against several Silicon Valley tech giants.

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FTC Clamps Down on Website Sponsored Content

The Federal Trade Commission has just released an Enforcement Policy Statement regarding the use of “Deceptively Formatted” ads. In doing so, it may have beheaded the concept of sponsored content advertising with a single stroke.

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Four Cancer Charities Accused of Pocketing $187 Million

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has joined attorneys general in every state in accusing four cancer charities, run by extended members of the same family, of lying to donors, collecting $187 million from 2008 through 2012, while spending only 3% of the total on helping actual cancer patients. The four charities are the Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and Cancer Support Services.