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Report: FTC looking into Apple Music

July 13, 2015 11:48 am

Does entering the streaming music business make Apple’s long-standing business terms with Jango, Spotify, Rhapsody and other streaming services suddenly illegal?  That’s the premise behind a reported FTC investigation into Apple Music, according to Reuters Friday. Citing [...]

Global food marketers take note: Chile to restrict food ads to kids

July 13, 2015 11:15 am

The Health Ministry of Chile has issued new regulations which significantly restrict how food marketers advertise their products on TV, the Internet, and other media directed to children under the age of fourteen in that country. Foods covered by the regulations, which take effect June 2016, [...]

Senate Dems press Wheeler on cable/broadband rates and competition

July 11, 2015 8:36 am

Four Democratic Senators sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler complaining about cable and broadband industrial consolidation and requesting that the commission use its annual report on cable industry prices to provide more detailed information on what [...]

Cogent doesn’t trust AT&T despite recent interconnection agreement

July 9, 2015 2:13 pm

Shades of Netflix and Comcast. Cogent, having just signed an interconnection agreement with AT&T, has now gone to the Federal Communications Commission reiterating its demand that the commission impose a condition on the AT&T-DirecTV merger. In the filing released by the FCC on Thursday, [...]

Study: Google ad server discriminates against women [updated]

July 7, 2015 5:47 pm

Carnegie Mellon University researchers claim that Google’s targeted ad algorithm discriminates against women, according to the MIT Technology Review. Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Obama Administration have raised questions about big data and how it could lead to [...]

Group asks FTC to compel inclusion of resort fees in advertised room rate

July 2, 2015 6:58 am

A travel consumer advocacy group is stepping up its efforts to get the Federal Trade Commission to compel hotels to include mandatory resort fees in the total advertised price for a room. The issue isn’t a new one for the FTC, which in 2012, sent nearly two dozen warning letters to hotel [...]
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