Tuesday, March 31, 2015
  • AT&T Must Face Lawsuit For Throttling Users

    In a blow to AT&T, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission is entitled to continue pursuing a lawsuit against the company for allegedly throttling people who have unlimited-data plans. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen rejected AT&T's argument that the new net neutrality rules -- which classify mobile broadband as a common-carrier service -- strip the FTC of authority to proceed. ...Read the whole story

  • Ad Lawyers' Predictions: Data Will Be King, Disclaimers Will Disappear

    A group of ad attorney gurus gazed into their crystal balls to give some provocative predictions of the regulatory and legal hurdles that advertisers will face in 10 years. The prognostications led off the Association of National Advertisers' ad law and public policy conference Tuesday in Washington, the annual confab that helps ad lawyers keep their clients and companies out of the courts and free of FTC enforcement. ...Read the whole story

  • Google Argues Parents Can't Proceed With Class-Action Over In-App Purchases

    Google has so far refunded $30 million to parents whose children made in-app purchases, the company says in new court papers. The company revealed that figure as part of an effort to convince a federal judge to dismiss a potential class-action lawsuit by parents who say they were wrongly billed for in-app purchases by their children. ...Read the whole story

  • FTC's McSweeny Reminds Advertisers To Disclose Paid Endorsements

    The technology that advertisers use may have changed, but the Federal Trade Commission's mission remains the same. That was the main message in FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny's first address before the advertising industry Tuesday at the Association of National Advertisers annual advertising law and public policy conference in Washington. ...Read the whole story

  • Charter Communications Snaps Up Bright House Networks For $10B

    The U.S. cable industry is moving toward further consolidation. The fourth-biggest U.S. operator, Charter Communications, has agreed to buy Bright House Networks, the sixth-biggest operator, for $10.4 billion. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • Hillary Clinton Used Email on Her iPad, Despite Claims She Only Used a BlackberryUSA Today

    New documents have revealed that Hillary Clinton used her iPad to send emails, both business and personal, while serving as Secretary of State. This revelation comes after Clinton told the press that she maintained a personal email address on her own server to make it easier to use email in a single device: her Blackberry. ...Read the whole story

  • Report: Facebook's Tracking Cookies Violate EU LawThe Guardian

    Facebook violates Europe's privacy law by placing tracking cookies on users who visit sites with a “Like” button -- even if those users don't have Facebook accounts or have opted out of online tracking, according to a new study. The study, authored by researchers from the University of Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussels, was commissioned by Belgian regulators after an earlier report found that Facebook's privacy policy violates European law, accordimg to the Guardian. The EU's privacy law requires generally companies to obtain users' consent before placing tracking cookies on their computers. ...Read the whole story

  • A&E, Lifetime Withhold Some Programs From Sling TVTechHive

    Sling TV's recently added channels -- A&E, Liftetime and LMN -- are withholding some programs from the Internet video distributor, TechHive reports. A Sling TV spokesperson confirmed to TechHive that some shows are restricted due to programming rights. Sling TV's recently added channels -- A&E, Liftetime and LMN -- are withholding some programs from the Internet video distributor, TechHive reports. A Sling TV spokesperson confirmed to TechHive that some shows are restricted due to programming rights. ...Read the whole story

  • Google Undercuts Connectivity In AT&T Competing CitiesWall Street Journal
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  • Lessons From The Savviest Facebook Senators

    Social media is emerging as a key way for politicians and political organizations to engage and activate voters. To better understand how politicians are faring with audience engagement, we analyzed each U.S. senator's Facebook page and ...More

  • Why The Ad Industry Needs To Go On A Cookie Diet

    To say that we're in the midst of a sea change in content consumption and creation is a bit of an understatement. It's more like a revolution: one being driven by connected devices that fit on ...More