• Apple Joins Microsoft In Attacking Google On Privacy
    Last year, Microsoft unveiled the site Scroogled.com, which takes aim at Google on privacy grounds. "Don't get Scroogled," warns the site, which details some of the ways that Microsoft's privacy policies differ from Google's. It's not clear whether Microsoft has had any success in luring Web users away from Google services by touting differences in privacy policies. Regardless, a different Google competitor -- Apple -- has adopted the same strategy.
  • FTC Says Yahoo Won't Face Astroturfing Charges
    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.
  • Advocates Urge FCC To Block AT&T's Merger With DirecTV
    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.
  • IAB's Anti-Fraud Principles Call Out Adware, 'Incentivized' Browsing
    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.
  • Industry Group Calls For Different Neutrality Regs For Wireless And Wireline
    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.
  • Study: Most App Privacy Policies Muddle Explanations
    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.
  • Internet Trade Group To FCC: No Online Fast Lanes, Please
    A trade group representing Google, Facebook, Amazon and other large Web companies is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit broadband providers from creating online fast lanes. "The Internet must be defended from interests that would seek to control speech on the Internet, censor content, or provide advantages for speakers that have the means to pay for better access," the Internet Association said in its second round of comments on proposed net neutrality regulations.
  • California Gov. Signs Law Protecting Right To Post Reviews
    Last year, the online retailer KlearGear found itself in the news when married couple John Palmer and Jennifer Kulas came forward to say the company had tried to charge them $3,500 for posting a bad review. When Palmer and Kulas refused to pay KlearGear, the company allegedly wrecked their credit. Palmer and Kulas subsequently sued KlearGear for violating federal fair credit laws. A federal judge awarded the couple $306,750 in July. KlearGear's attempt at squelching criticism didn't just lead to a courtroom defeat. It also spurred lawmakers in California to pass a new law that protects consumers' right to post ...
  • ISPs To FCC: Keep Broadband Speed At 4 Mbps
    The Federal Communications Commission recently sought comments about a proposal to redefine broadband as Internet service of at least 10 Mbps, up from the current 4 Mbps threshold. For their part, Internet service providers disagree that higher speeds are necessary.
  • House Minority Leader Urges FCC To Reclassify Broadband As Telecommunications Service
    Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is calling on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to scrap his controversial proposal to allow broadband providers to create paid online fast lanes.
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