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PayPal reverses course on robocall policy

June 29, 2015 2:46 pm

PayPal reversed course on its robocalling policy after the Federal Communications Commission and a number of lawmakers took the company to task. The e-payment company, which is being spun off from eBay, caught a lot of heat earlier this month from the Federal Communications Commission and a number [...]

Mr. Net Neutrality gives EU more ammo in its probe of Google

June 29, 2015 9:05 am

The academic who coined the term “net neutrality” has put Google in the European Union’s crosshairs with a Yelp sponsored study that claims that consumers are harmed when search giant manipulates search results to favor its own shopping services. As reported in a Wall Street [...]

ANA: San Fran sugary label law is unconstitutional

June 26, 2015 10:30 am

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is taking San Francisco to task for requiring warning labels on outdoors ads for sugary beverages.  “Unhelpful and unconstitutional” says the industry group in a blog post. The city’s Board of Supervisors earlier this month passed [...]

Congress relaunches trademark caucus

June 25, 2015 4:18 pm

To protect trademark holders under assault on the Internet from counterfeiters, intellectual property thieves, and scam artists, Congress is relaunching the congressional trademark caucus. The caucus will be co-chaired by Senate judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), [...]

JSA bill passes Senate commerce

June 25, 2015 12:23 pm

A Senate bill that would exempt TV stations in current joint sales agreements from being forced to unwind the deals under a new Federal Communications Commission rule was voted out of the commerce committee 14-10. But the bill, authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), is not out of the woods yet. While [...]

Lawmakers fret over ICANN policy on trademarks and gTLDs

June 23, 2015 11:43 am

Amazon ponied up $185,000 each to apply for 76 generic top-level domains (gTLD) when ICANN opened up the process in 2012, but the most important TLD Amazon applied for, dot-Amazon, has yet to clear the approval process. The Amazon gTLD has been in limbo for more than a year because of sovereignty [...]

Report: No IANA transition until 2016

June 22, 2015 11:32 am

At a standing room only meeting in the evening of Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the ICANN 53 global meeting in Buenos Aires, Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling, Administrator of the NTIA, gave his comments on the current timeline for the transition of the IANA (i.e., technical) functions of ICANN. [...]
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