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  • FTC Says Yahoo Won't Face Astroturfing Charges in Daily Online Examiner on 09/18/2014

    Yahoo has dodged a bullet at the Federal Trade Commission, which said this month that it has closed an astroturfing investigation into the company without filing charges. "Upon review of this matter, we have determined not to recommend enforcement action at this time," Mary Engle, FTC associate director for advertising practices said in a Sept. 3 letter to Yahoo's counsel.

  • comScore Panelists Seek Approval Of Privacy Settlement in Online Media Daily on 09/18/2014

    Measurement company comScore will pay an estimated 16,000 panelists between $500 and $700 to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company violated panelists' privacy by collecting too much information about them.

  • Advocates Urge FCC To Block AT&T's Merger With DirecTV in Daily Online Examiner on 09/17/2014

    Advocacy group Public Knowledge is warning the Federal Communications Commission that AT&T's proposed $49 billion merger with DirecTV would give the company a big incentive to block competition from online video providers. The organization is calling on the FCC to block the merger. The group adds that if the deal isn't nixed, the FCC should at least impose a host of conditions on AT&T -- including that it follow open Internet principles.

  • FTC Charges Yelp With Violating Children's Privacy Rules in Online Media Daily on 09/17/2014

    Yelp has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle charges that its mobile app collected personal information from children younger than 13, the FTC announced on Wednesday. Regulators allege that Yelp's mobile app, released in 2009, allowed users to provide a birth date. Yelp's app included a screening mechanism designed to ban users under 13, but the technology didn't work, per the FTC.

  • IAB's Anti-Fraud Principles Call Out Adware, 'Incentivized' Browsing in Daily Online Examiner on 09/16/2014

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau's new anti-fraud principles, issued this morning, contain a surprise: They appear to take aim at adware and other "illegitimate" platforms that offer users a benefit in exchange for viewing ads. The principles, which reflect the IAB's efforts to stem online ad fraud, call on publishers, ad networks and ad exchanges to implement measures to identify "illegitimate and fraudulent" traffic. The principles also prohibit publishers, ad networks and exchanges from selling that traffic.

  • Google Hit With Second Lawsuit Over 'Innocence Of Muslims' in Online Media Daily on 09/16/2014

    A second actor who appears in the 14-minute "Innocence of Muslims" video has sued Google for copyright infringement. Gaylord Flynn alleges in his complaint, filed last week U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, that Google's search results pages display links to pirated copies of the controversial clip. He contends that Google refused to remove those links from its search results pages.

  • Industry Group Calls For Different Neutrality Regs For Wireless And Wireline in Daily Online Examiner on 09/15/2014

    Lest there was any doubt, wireless broadband providers want to make clear that they oppose the idea that they should be subject to the same net neutrality regulations as wireline providers. "Mobile broadband providers are competing fiercely to win and retain customers, contesting on price and network performance," the industry group CTIA-The Wireless Association says in comments filed today with the Federal Communications Commission.

  • FCC Flooded With Net-Neutrality Comments in Online Media Daily on 09/15/2014

    The Federal Communications Commission has received a record-breaking 3 million Net neutrality comments as of Monday afternoon. Organizations like Free Press, the Writers Guild of America-West and numerous other Net neutrality advocates want the FCC to abandon that idea and instead reclassify broadband as a public utility.

  • Study: Most App Privacy Policies Muddle Explanations in Daily Online Examiner on 09/12/2014

    Most apps aren't doing a good job of explaining their privacy practices, according to a new study issued by a worldwide organization of regulators.

  • Judge Sides With Google In Domain Name Dispute in Online Media Daily on 09/12/2014

    People might use the word "google" as a verb, but Google still has a valid trademark in its name, a federal judge has ruled. "The primary significance of the word google to a majority of the public who utilize internet search engines is a designation of the Google search engine," U.S. District Court Judge Stephen McNamee in Arizona wrote in an opinion issued on Wednesday.

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