• FCC Chairman Circulates Order Approving Charter-Time Warner Merger
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated an order approving Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
  • FCC Chairman Wants Broadband Providers To Obtain Consumers' Permission For Online Behavioral Advertising

    Internet service providers would have to obtain consumers' opt-in consent before sending them targeted ads based on their Web-surfing activity, under a proposal unveiled today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler .

    "Every broadband consumer should have the right to know what information is being collected and how it is used," Wheeler said Thursday in a piece published on the Huffington Post. "Every broadband consumer should have the right to choose how their information bits are should be used and shared."

    "This is not to say network providers shouldn’t be able to use information they collect ...

  • FCC Fines Verizon $1.35 Million For Tracking Mobile Users With 'Supercookies'
    Verizon has agreed to settle a Federal Communications Commission probe by paying a $1.35 million fine for using "supercookies" to track mobile customers for ad-targeting purposes.
  • Yahoo Settles Email Privacy Lawsuit
    Yahoo has agreed to revise some of the language in its privacy policies in order to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that it wrongly scans email messages for advertising purposes, according to court papers filed on Thursday.
  • Report: PubMatic Lays Off 100 Employees
    PubMatic, the sell-side platform, has sacked more than 100 employees, according to a published report on AdExchanger.
  • Appeals Court Revives Safari-Hack Lawsuit Against Google
    In a blow to Google, a federal appellate court has revived a lawsuit accusing the company of violating Safari users' privacy by circumventing their no-tracking settings.
  • Court Reverses Itself, Says Amazon's Search Results Don't Infringe Trademark

    Amazon doesn't infringe watch manufacturer Multi-Time Machine's trademark by returning links to different brands, like Luminox and Chase-Durer, in response to searches for Multi-Time Machine, a divided panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Wednesday.

    The decision reversed an earlier appellate ruling in the same case. That earlier ruling, issued in July, said Amazon potentially infringed trademark by causing so-called "initial interest confusion," which the judges described as confusion that "creates initial interest in a competitor's product."

    The tech companies Google, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, eBay and Yahoo criticized the earlier decision, arguing that Amazon shouldn't have to ...

  • Google Book Scanning Project Protected By Fair Use, Appeals Court Says
    Handing Google a victory, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday that the company's book scanning project is protected by fair use principles
  • TVEyes Infringes Copyright By Letting Users Download Clips, Judge Rules
    Handing television monitoring company TVEyes a partial defeat, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the service infringes copyright by letting its subscribers download clips.
  • Mississippi Officials Planned To Enlist MPAA In 'Media Blitz' Against Google

    An official from the Mississippi Attorney General's office proposed that the Motion Picture Association of America help coordinate a "media blitz" against Google -- which would include arranging for bad press on NBC's Today Show and in News Corp's The Wall Street Journal -- according to new court documents.

    The documents, submitted by Google, include an email exchange in which an official with the Mississippi Attorney General's office proposed a "confidential plan" of attack to an MPAA lobbyist. That plan included engaging a PR firm "to create an attack on Google" and other companies that "are resisting" the Attorney ...

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