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On mounting privacy concerns, WhatsApp CEO defends acquisition

As the FTC begins reviewing the results of Facebook's proposed WhatsApp acquisition, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum claimed privacy concerns in the resulting acquisition are "inaccurate and careless."

U.S. regulators probe allegations of 'pyramid scheme' at Herbalife

The Federal Trade Commission in the United States is to look into allegations that Herbalife, the nutrition and weight loss firm, is operating some form of "pyramid scheme."

Herbalife says FTC opens inquiry long sought by Ackman

Herbalife Ltd said on Wednesday that the U.S.

FTC says considering lawmaker's concerns about Herbalife

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday refused to tip its hand on how it may be react to allegations that Herbalife is a fraud, but said it is taking a lawmaker's concerns about the company serious...

Identity theft again leads U.S. top fraud complaints: FTC

The seemingly intractable problem of identity theft led the list of top consumer complaints once again in 2013, with U.S.

U.S. freezes assets of work-at-home Web firms promising thousands

A U.S. district court in Utah has frozen the assets of several Internet business coaches accused of lying to customers about their potential earnings after signing up for the services, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday.

Chief Justice's credit card theft sparks renewed consumer caution Special

The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts recently revealed that he was the victim of credit card information theft.

Op-Ed: Food companies market products to kids via smartphones

It's not that surprising to see food companies are increasingly advertising to kids through smartphones. Advertisements are already implemented on smartphones, specifically via the Android application market.

Facebook catches FTC flak over 'misleading' app vetting

Last Friday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its privacy settlement with Facebook was finalized. Now details are surfacing about the company's 2009-era verified apps program that was subsequently ditched.

Man complains Adidas shipped package to a bar, not his house

A man wrote in to the Consumerist blog to tell his story about a Christmas purchase he bought from Adidas that had gone missing.

Got acne and need a cure? FTC says there's no app for that

Got acne? If you believe the marketers, there's an app for that. In fact, until recently, there were two apps on the market which claimed to have the power to cure acne.

Reebok to refund $25 million in FTC settlement order

A settlement order means that Reebok will have to refund $25 million to customers. The settlement is being made after charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that advertising of Reebok’s EasyTone and RunTone shoes was deceptive.

Two congressmen call for FTC investigation into Facebook

Following the revelation that Facebook had been using cookies to track visitors long after they had logged out, two congressmen have called for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the social networking site.

Microsoft scores FTC approval, Skype fires senior executives

Washington - A little over a month after announcing they were buying Skype, Microsoft has overcome a considerable hurdle by securing the approval of the Federal Trade Commission.

Op-Ed: Regulators Threaten Marketers at CMA, But Marketing is Changing Special

Despite Arianna Huffington dazzling the audience to open the CMA National Convention Thursday Morning, that would only be one of several highlights of the two-day conference last Thursday and Friday at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.

US creates strict standards for junk food marketing to kids

A US interagency working group has laid out strict nutritional standards for foods marketed to children between 2-17 years of age.

Busting the Bamboo Bubble

During the last years, textiles made from bamboo have become known as more or less green and sustainable products, and this has led a number of producers to erroneously label many a rayon product as made from bamboo.

FTC examining government role in helping news organizations

With the recession continuing to take a toll on advertising dollars for news gathering organizations, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it would study the role of government in helping beleaguered journalistic bodies.

FTC to ban most telemarketing 'robocalls' as of September 1

The Federal Trade Commission is planning on banning majority of telemarketing prerecorded messages as of September 1, 2009.

False Claims Of Cancer Cures Spurs FTC Consumer Education Campaign

Victims of snake oil distributors are finally getting justice as the Federal Trade Commission helps launch a consumer warning campaign to help prevent vulnerable people from falling prey to false claims. Five companies have been officially charged.

Intel Under Formal Antitrust Investigation By Federal Trade Commission

Intel, the leader in computer processors, is under investigation for monopolizing the market due to their pricing of microprocessors. Intel prices are so low and has such a huge market share that competition is said to be virtually nonexistent.

FTC finally settles with Sony BMG over rootkit

Sony BMG does not need to pay a fine, but they are required to provide exchanges for existing DRM-enabled CDs until June 31, 2007, and pay up to $150 to anyone who spent money trying to remove the rootkit or repair any damage from it. Now I wonder how...

FTC fines marketers of weight loss pills

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fined the marketers of four weight loss pills millions of dollars for making false advertising claims ranging from rapid weight loss to reducing the risk of cancer.

FTC Web site has tips for preventing identity theft

The Federal Trade Commission has the definative web site for helping consumers defend themselves agaist identity theft
 

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