• Yelp Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Fake Review Company
    Yelp recently mounted an anti-astroturfing initiative by suing the owner of AdBlaze, a company that allegedly sold fake reviews to businesses looking to boost their reputations. Last week, Yelp won its case -- at least technically. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in the Northern District of California ruled on Wednesday that AdBlaze's owner, Florida resident Timothy Catron, infringed Yelp's trademark. Orrick entered an injunction prohibiting him from using Yelp's name in ads, or incorporating it in Web site names, in the future.
  • Lawmaker Urges FCC To Classify Broadband As Telecom Service With Open Net Protections
    The ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today urged the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband service as a utility and to promulgate rules that would prohibit providers from creating paid fast lanes.
  • Facebook To Impose (Vague) Guidelines On Its Researchers
    Faced with continuing criticism over a recent psychological experiment on users, Facebook said today that it will impose some new limits on its researchers. "We're committed to doing research to make Facebook better, but we want to do it in the most responsible way," Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer said today in a blog post.
  • FCC's Wheeler Touts Benefits Of Muni Broadband
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler strongly hinted today that the agency plans to invalidate state laws that prevent municipalities from building their own broadband networks.
  • Survey: Most Web Users Want Neutrality Rules For Wireless Providers
    The vast majority of Web users want wireless companies to follow net neutrality rules, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the trade group Internet Association. For the study, the Internet Association surveyed 550 Web users about their opinions on open Internet principles. More than two out of three respondents -- 67% -- said that wireless providers should not be allowed to block lawful sites or apps.
  • FTC Commissioner Warns Against Classifying Broadband As Common Carrier Service
    Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission, doesn't seem to agree with net neutrality advocates who want to see broadband service reclassified as a utility.
  • Large Tech Companies Say 4 Mbps Too Slow For 'Broadband'
    An Internet connection speed of 4 Mbps "seems too slow to be worthy of the name 'broadband,'" the trade group Internet Association told the Federal Communications Commission this week. "The market for Internet-connected devices has exploded over the last few years, and consumers are increasingly using multiple devices to access different services at the same time -- e.g., streaming video onto a television while surfing the Web or checking email," the Internet Association says in its filing.
  • FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Condemns Online Fast Lanes
    FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is emerging as one of the leading critics of a plan to allow broadband providers to create online fast lanes. "We cannot have a two-tiered Internet with fast lanes that speed the traffic of the privileged and leave the rest of us lagging behind," she said this week at a Congressional forum on net neutrality.
  • Law Profs Say Facebook, OkCupid's Secret Experiments Violate Maryland Law
    Back in July, University of Maryland law professors James Grimmelmann and Leslie Meltzer Henry argued to the Federal Trade Commission that Facebook might have deceived its users by running secret psychological experiments on 700,000 of them. "The failure to disclose research is an omission that a reasonable consumer would consider material in deciding whether or not to use a service," they wrote in a letter urging the FTC to protect consumers from future research projects. Now, after some additional digging, Grimmelmann and Henry are leveling a new charge: They say that Facebook -- as well as OkCupid, which also conducted ...
  • FCC Considers Strategies For Broadband Regs
    Staff at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a host of legal maneuvers that could empower the agency to enact open Internet rules, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau head Julie Veach said today in a blog post. Veach said that many of the record-setting 3.7 million public comments about net neutrality "focused on potentially harmful effects of paid prioritization on innovation and free expression, among other values."
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