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Free Press takes out spectacular in Times Square

July 6, 2015 2:30 pm

There may not be a lawmaker or policymaker in sight, but Free Press is up on one of Times Square’s big digital spectaculars to push its message: Big companies don’t own the Internet. You do. The tactic is unusual for the Washington, D.C. advocacy group that usually confines its [...]

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 [...]

CEA patent troll ad targets lawmakers at airport

July 1, 2015 3:05 pm

The Consumer Electronics Association is bucking the typical advocacy practice of taking out a bunch of inside-the beltway newspaper ads. To campaign for legislation to combat patent trolls (patent assertion entities), the group turned to airport ads, where it knew it would catch the eyes of [...]

IAB’s DC exec to head up group to combat ad fraud

July 1, 2015 12:05 am

Mike Zaneis, the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s top lobbyist in Washington, is leaving his position after eight years to head up the Trustworthy Accountability Group. As soon as the IAB finds a replacement for Zaneis, he will become TAG’s president and CEO, a position he’s juggled for the [...]

Regal joins AMC in MPAA anti-piracy campaign in theaters

June 30, 2015 5:55 pm

Coming to even more screen near you: the Motion Picture Association of America  (MPAA) series of  trailers to raise awareness for Wheretowatch.com, the industry’s web site for finding legitimate sources of movies and TV shows online. The “I Make Movies” videos will now be [...]

Apple loses e-books appeal

June 30, 2015 1:11 pm

A federal appeals court upheld a 2013 decision finding Apple conspired with publishers to raise e-book prices. The U.S. court of appeals for the second circuit Tuesday ruled 2-1 Apple’s actions violated civil antitrust law, the Wall Street Journal reported. Apple will now likely pay $450 [...]

FTC slaps down app developer for hijacking mobile phones

June 29, 2015 3:43 pm

The developer of an app that hijacked consumers’ mobile phones in order to mine it for virtual currencies, agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Attorney General. The defendants, Equiliv Investments and Ryan Ramminger were charged with violating the FTC Act and the [...]
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