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 [...]

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.

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.

Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo Protect Google Monopoly, Tell FTC to STFU

By: Monday November 19, 2012 3:35 pm

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, @RepZoeLofgren) and Anna Eshoo (D-PhRMA, @RepAnnaEshoo) add their names to the list of members of Congress telling the FTC to abdicate their responsibility to oversee antitrust activity and just let Google do whatever the heck it wants.

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