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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, [...]

Ad tax deduction still in play by tax reformers

July 8, 2015 5:36 pm

The advertising tax deduction is still in play as part of comprehensive tax reform. But this round, it’s only one of six options for squeezing more tax dollars out of the business community. The six options were offered in the business income tax report, one of five bipartisan reports produced by [...]

FCC sets review team for Charter deals

July 8, 2015 11:42 am

The Federal Communications Commission took its first major step towards commencing review of Charter Communications’s deals to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Jonathan Sallet, FCC’s general counsel, will chair the steering committee that will oversee review of the [...]

U.S. hand-over of domain name oversight is at least a year away

July 8, 2015 11:29 am

The U.S. will extend its contract with ICANN at least through next July 2016, meaning that it will be a year or longer, before the government turns over stewardship of the domain name system to the multi-stakeholder organization that governs the Internet. “It is clear we need to extend the [...]

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 [...]

FTC’s latest robocall lawsuit targets senior medical alert fraud

July 6, 2015 3:34 pm

The Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney General’s office filed a joint lawsuit to stop Lifewatch, a company that used robocalls to pitch seniors medical alert systems. Lifewatch, a New York-based firm, has been using robocalls to contact primarily seniors, even if they were listed [...]
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