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Sen. Franken endorses calls for Apple Music inquiry

July 22, 2015 2:56 pm

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has joined in the calls for a federal investigation of the business practices of Apple Music. In a letter sent Wednesday to the heads of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Franken pointed to the 30 percent commission that Apple takes on the [...]

2Q lobby dollars slip as net neutrality battle moves to the courts

July 22, 2015 5:45 am

For the 27 media, marketing and tech trade associations tracked by Katy on the Hill, combined lobby spending in the second quarter 2015 slipped 5.2 percent, from $20.8 million in the first quarter 2015 to $19.7 million in the second quarter. Once the Federal Communications Commission approved its [...]

Google, NAB tops media/marketing/tech lobby list

July 21, 2015 7:01 am

Google’s company-wide effort to control costs hit its lobbying budget, which was down 16 percent in second quarter. But the company still spent more than the other 65 media, marketing, and consumer tech firms tracked by KatyontheHill. Of the top five, the search giant spent $4.62 million [...]

Google, others partner with ad industry to block data center bot traffic

July 21, 2015 6:00 am

To thwart ad bots that cost the digital advertisers billions a year, the advertising industry has partnered with Google to give its latest effort some technical fire power. Google’s Anti-Fraud Working Group has agreed to give the industry’s Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) access to its [...]

Ad self-regulatory unit refers Wal-Mart, Aspire Sports Drink ads to FTC

July 20, 2015 5:58 am

The National Advertising Division (NAD), the unit of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council that reviews national advertising and considers competitor challenges to advertising claims, took the unusual step of referring advertising from Wal-Mart and Aspire Sports Drink to the Federal Trade [...]

White House debuts broadband plan for low income households

July 15, 2015 1:42 pm

President Obama wants to work with local governments, telecom firms and nonprofits to deliver broadband service to a quarter million low-income households  in twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation. Some 200,000 low-income children would have access broadband Internet service and [...]
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