LIVEBLOG: FTC Press Conference Announcing Google Settlement

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 12:42 pm

You can watch the press conference here (unfortunately the FTC’s crappy technology only allows you to embed their entire page, not just the video player). Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC, will be holding a press conference at 1pm ET announcing the settlement with Google for ” for alleged anticompetitive conduct.” According to the FTC [...]

Anonymous Says “Expect us in 2013″ and Other Tech Bytes

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 2:37 pm

The tech world got some sweet tax creditsin the Fiscal Cliff bill, which are set to expire at the end of 2013.  Setting up tax credits with annual expiration dates that guarantee powerful outside interests will be whipping for their renewal seems to be all the rage when it comes to breaking Congressional gridlock. Now [...]

All Your Instagrams Are Belong to Us

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:52 pm

Three months after they acquired Instagram, Facebook launched a completely audacious intellectual property rights grab. Unless you delete your Instagram account by the January 16 deadline, they claim the right to license any public Instagrams uploaded after that date “without any compensation to you,” in perpetuity…and you can’t opt out.

Dumb Sh*t Eric Schmidt Says

By: Monday December 17, 2012 3:41 pm

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt boasts to Bloomberg about the rapid proliferation of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, comparing it to Microsoft’s domination of the desktop platform in the 90s. And if everyone remembers the 90s correctly, the Department of Justice stepped in and smacked Microsoft around for antitrust violation, without which they would have no doubt strangled Google in its infancy.

Leibowitz Still Looking for Third Vote at FTC to Bring Google Search Manipulation Antitrust Case

By: Monday December 10, 2012 4:40 pm

Google is out there whispering in the ears of journalists that they are off the hook for search manipulation and that there are three solid votes in opposition to the FTC pursuing the case. Perhaps they know things nobody else does, but if it’s true, it will raise all kinds of questions about the agency’s balk, particularly with regard to commissioner Edith Ramirez.

Livestream: The Future of Comprehensive Data Collection

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 3:05 pm

From 3:15-4:45 ET, the FTC is livestreaming a panel on the Future of Comprehensive Data Collection:

Which Firms Are Meeting With the DoJ About Being Screwed by Google?

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 1:45 pm

The fact that the DoJ is taking meetings while the FTC’s Google investigation is still underway is, as the Post says, a clear sign that companies are “losing faith that the Federal Trade Commission will act forcefully on their complaints.”

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Joshua Wright to be FTC Commissioner

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 1:23 pm

I certainly hope someone asks him about the recent decision that allowed Google to retain the personal data it stole from up to 190 million users in the Safari hack, (which Rosch said was never the intention of the commissioners). Rosch has been the sole voice of dissent when the FTC allowed both Facebook and Google to deny liability in their recent settlements over egregious privacy violation. If Wright is confirmed (which seems likely, given his support from GOP leadership) the FTC will become significantly less privacy-oriented and even more toadyish to the corporate tech monoliths.

Jon Leibowitz’ Legacy at the FTC: Irrelevance in the Digital Age?

By: Friday November 30, 2012 2:03 pm

It’s expected that Liebowitz will leave the FTC by the end of the year, and he’d like to wrap up the Google antitrust case before he does. But if he decides that his swan song will be another softball settlement for Google, his legacy at the FTC would likely be the agency’s irrelevance in the digital age.

FTC Commissioner Ramirez Refuses to Endorse Giving Google Stolen Safari Data

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:21 pm

FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez refuses to contradict Rocsch, refuses to endorse the settlement, and won’t go on the record saying that she knew that Google would be allowed to keep the stolen data.

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