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  • EU Calls for Closer Look at Privacy and Social Networks
    An arm of the European Union Tuesday called for a closer look at whether practices at social networking sites violate users' privacy. In a 32-page report, "Security Issues and Recommendatio ...
  • Supremes Uphold Ruling Shielding Web Companies
    The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the 9th Circuit which held that the federal Communications Decency Act shielded Web companies for users' violations of laws in Californ ...
  • Facebook Turnaround On Privacy Could Signal Wave of Change
    Facebook's U-turn late last week on publishing information about members' purchases could mark the beginning of a wave of changes to online ad techniques. European regulators are expected to announ ...
  • Product Placement Is NOT Payola
    There is quite a bit of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding the very term "product placement." Today, the opportunities for advertisers to advance brands in multiple media platforms and formats a ...
  • Adteractive Settles With FTC Over Lead-Generation Practices
    Performance marketing company Adteractive has agreed to pay a $650,000 fine to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it tricked consumers into signing up at third-party sites like Netflix ...
  • DGA Signs Net Contract
    The Directors Guild said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with TV network reps on a new three-year contract for about 800 news directors, sports and operational staffers. ...
  • EU Examines Behavioral Targeting, Privacy
    As online advertising comes under greater scrutiny in the United States, European authorities reportedly are also preparing to take a closer look at whether some marketing techniques violate privacy. T ...
  • Universal's Lawsuit Against MySpace Results In Mashup Site Being KO'd
    Universal Media Group's copyright infringement lawsuit against MySpace appears to have caused some collateral damage: A new Nine Inch Nails site where fans could have posted mashups they made usi ...
  • Vuze Joins Group Asking FCC To Ban ISP Peer-to-Peer Interference
    Online video company Vuze has joined the growing roster of groups asking the Federal Communications Commission to issue rules banning Internet service providers from interfering with traffic to peer-to-peer network ...
  • Act Would Require Colleges To Deter Illegal Downloading
    The Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007 (H.R. 4137), contains a section requiring colleges and universities that receive federal financial aid to explore "technology-based deterrents" to illegal downloading. The entertainme ...
  • Court Tosses Federal Fuel-Economy Standards
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  • Comcast Sued for Impeding Web Traffic To Peer-to-Peer Networks
    Jon Hart claimed that Comcast impeded his visits to peer-to-peer sites like BitTorrent by slowing down service to those sites. Hart, who seeks class-action status, alleges that the delays happen ...
  • Just An Online Minute... Edgar Bronfman, Steve Jobs' New BFF
    While the major music labels still seem skittish about the Web, some signs indicate that they're coming to recognize that digital distribution has its benefits. ...
  • Yahoo Settles With Chinese Dissidents
    Yahoo on Tuesday settled a lawsuit brought against it by two Chinese journalists who were imprisoned after the company handed over information about their pro-democracy activities on Yahoo's sites. T ...
  • Bill Would Bar FCC Consolidation Vote
    U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan has introduced a bill to keep the Federal Communications Commission from moving on new media-ownership rules until next year while opening a separate proceeding on broadca ...
  • Just An Online Minute... Legal Questions Surround Facebook's Ad Plan
    There's been a lot of talk this week about whether Facebook's new ad plan -- which involves enlisting members as brand evangelists -- is a stroke of brilliance, massive invasi ...
  • AzoogleAds Settles With Florida AG Over Online Ringtone Ads
    AzoogleAds came to the attention of the Florida Attorney General's office as part of a larger investigation into mobile services marketing. State authorities there continue to probe a host ...
  • FTC Fines Three Marketers For Violating Do Not Call Rules
    The Federal Trade Commission yesterday announced multimillion-dollar penalties against lender Ameriquest Mortgage, adjustable bed seller Craftmatic Industries, and home alarm firm ADT Security Services for violations of the Do N ...
  • Anna Nicole's Mom Suing Station, CBS
    The mother of dead Playboy playmate and reality show star Anna Nicole Smith is suing a Houston TV station, CBS Studios Inc., and the late model's former companion, Howard ...
  • Yahoo Unfairly Criticized Over China Operations
    "The rhetoric was raw," says TechCrunch as Congress this week made an example of Web giant Yahoo for its willingness to comply with Chinese law in its operations inside t ...
  • Just An Online Minute... Network Neutrality Squad To The Rescue?
    The recent revelation that Comcast was slowing down traffic to file-sharing sites like BitTorrent raises a host of questions, not least of which is what other ISPs are impeding serv ...
  • Musician Prince Says Fan Sites Violate Copyright Law
    The funk/R&B singer once again known as Prince apparently isn't a big fan of .....his fans? Prince is trying to exert a purple reign over the Web sites of h ...
  • Roehm And Wal-Mart Make Peace
    Julie Roehm, the former Wal-Mart marketing executive, has decided not to refile her headline-grabbing wrongful termination lawsuit against the company. Wal-Mart, in turn, says it will no longer pursue i ...
  • Roehm Won't Refile Wal-Mart Suit
    A former Wal-Mart ad executive won't refile her breach-of-contract lawsuit against the retail behemoth and says allegations of ethical breaches she made in an earlier suit that was tossed o ...
  • Copyright Reform For The Digital Age
    Gigi Sohn, the president of Public Knowledge, a lobby group advocating free speech and the fair use of copyright, this week proposed a six-step plan to reform copyright laws th ...
  • Just An Online Minute... Vengeance Is Mine: Big Media's Anti-Piracy Tussles
    When Universal Music Group filed suit against MySpace last year for copyright infringement, the legal move had some unexpected ramifications. ...
  • Former Dentsu Exec Sues Over Hooker Pressure
    The former creative director for the U.S. unit of Dentsu is suing the firm, charging that he was pressured to have sex with prostitutes and placed in other sexually charg ...
  • Americans Wary Of Media Consolidation
    More than half of Americans think it should be against the law for one company to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market, according to ...
  • Consumer Product Safety Chief Nixes More Funding
    Nancy Nord, the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has asked Congress not to approve the bulk of pending legislation that would increase the agency's authority, double i ...