FTC States The Obvious, Says In-App Spending Is Bad

Tech | Kate Patrick
Google Antitrust Probe

After suing Apple and Amazon, the FTC writes a report about companies’ lack of consumer info

Privacy Groups Send Letter To FTC, Demand Facebook Investigation

Tech | Kate Patrick
Facebook website pages opened in an internet browser is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny

Looks like they’re wanting some more regulation

Now The Government Thinks It's Time To Regulate Photoshop

Tech | Giuseppe Macri
A model displays a creation of Miss Biki

‘Making a model look too thin, or her skin too flawless, may soon be a violation of federal standards’

FTC Calls State Bans On Direct Tesla Sales 'Bad Policy'

Tech | Giuseppe Macri
The Tesla New York City store is seen in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York
Regulatory agency calls state laws requiring dealers anti-competitive

Facebook gets a stern privacy warning from the FTC over WhatsApp

Tech | Giuseppe Macri
An illustration photo shows a man holding a smart phone with a Facebook logo as its screen wallpaper in front of a WhatsApp messenger logo, in Zenica

‘Regardless of the acquisition, WhatsApp must continue to honor these promises to consumers’

More than just a search engine: Google flexes its global political muscle

Opinion | Erik Telford
A man stands in front of a Google logo in Hong Kong

Cases in Europe and Canada are proceeding against the search giant, so why was the FTC’s case settled so quietly?

Lessons from the 1980s: The FTC and the role for economics in policymaking

Opinion | James C. Cooper
Richard Cordray

The CFPB can’t be allowed to run wild, and empirical policymaking can help refine their mandate.

Make apps, not more rules

Opinion | John Stephenson
Children Internet.JPEG

Apps are becoming increasingly expensive to build and market to the public.

DOJ & FTC antitrust report cards

Opinion | Scott Cleland
Google Antitrust Probe

It is increasingly obvious that something is amiss here.

Yelp pushes back, says allegations it fixes reviews are 'demonstrably false' - TheDC

Tech | Josh Peterson
Yelp IPO.JPEG

Last week, the FTC publicly released 685 complaints against the company

FOIA release from FTC outs Yelp as 'Internet Mafia' - TheDC

Tech | Josh Peterson
Yelp logo

Claim: ‘If you do not pay for advertising they remove your good reviews’

What if Microsoft exited the search business?

Opinion | Scott Cleland
Bing's search engine service launch went something like this: "You can use us to search stuff! See, we're trendier than Google! We have Wiz Khalifa! Please love us!"

Microsoft would enjoy strong evidence for a private antitrust lawsuit against Google for huge treble damages.

Top 5 reasons the FTC made the right decision on Google

Opinion | Doug Kellogg
Google Antitrust Probe

Permanent government regulation of Internet search was a plausible outcome

FTC Gives Google a Free Pass

Opinion | Zack Christenson
Google Antitrust Probe

Google has a long history of being accused of these anti-competitive search practices.

Lawmakers on edge over potential FTC power grab that could mess up the Internet - TheDC

Politics | Josh Peterson
Earns Google

Recent leaks from inside the FTC suggest the agency is on a mission to penalize Google

Senator warns FTC against messing up the Internet - TheDC

Politics | Josh Peterson
Google Competition

European regulators recently put Google on notice for its privacy policy

FTC targets Facebook for deceptive security practices - ZDNet

Tech | Josh Peterson
Facebook Stock

The report comes days after Google was fined a record $22.5m by the commission for circumventing privacy settings on the Apple Safari browser.

Google to pay FTC $22.5 million fine for Safari browser hack - TheDC

Politics | Josh Peterson
Google logo

Fine amounts to one-sixteenth of one percent of the company’s 2011 revenues

Skechers 'Tone-ups' in bad shape, will pay $40 million - TheDCNF

Daily Caller News Foundation | Betsi Fores
Shoes False Advertising Skechers

Consumers, beware advertisements. Not too long ago, Skechers rolled out their “Tone-ups,” advertised as a great new shoe to help people “lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles.” If you failed to see these changes in your body after purchasing these shoes, however, you were not alone. The Federal Trade [...]

U.S. investigation of Google Street View closed last year - Bloomberg

Tech | Josh Peterson
google street view

The company said yesterday that it acted in good faith and will pay the FCC’s penalty to conclude the inquiry.