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Report: The FTC Is Probing Apple's Communications With Record Labels

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to know more about these exclusive streaming deals. This summer, Apple could start to reshape the music industry yet again, with the relaunch of the Beats streaming music service. But streaming is already a crowded space, and Apple is aggressively trying to set itself apart. Show More Summary

Apple’s possibly illegal plan to kill Spotify’s free service is reportedly under investigation by the FTC

2 hours agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Almost one year after Apple’s acquisition of Beats closed, the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating Apple’s efforts to get record labels on board with the revamp of its Beats streaming music service. The antitrust regulators...Show More Summary

FTC already concerned about possible Beats Music antitrust violation

Apple may be struggling to finalize deals with record labels ahead of its Beats Music rebranding this summer, but that’s not stopping the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from scrutinizing it for potential antitrust violations, according to a new report. The … Read more ›

10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL, MSFT, FB, TSLA, BABA, GOOG)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know today. 1. Apple's negotiations for its new music streaming service are already coming under Federal Trade Commission scrutiny. The FTC is investigating whether Apple is using its dominance to hurt rival streaming services like Spotify. Show More Summary

Apple may be under FTC investigation for Beats deals

The hushed whispers surrounding the Federal Trade Commission's supposed investigation into Apple's Beats Music service relaunch have gotten a little louder. From the sounds of it, Cupertino's approached record labels and over a dozen...Show More Summary

FTC Also Investigating Apple's Upcoming Music Streaming Service

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apple's efforts to set up deals with record labels as it prepares to launch its new music streaming service, a rebranded version of Beats Music, according to Bloomberg. This would make the FTC the third government body to look into the new music service after the U. Show More Summary

Apple, record labels pressuring Spotify to reduce free streaming

Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission questioning Apple's tactics.

Value-based Interoperability: Less is more

By MARGALIT GUR-ARIE Interoperability in health care is all the rage now. After publishing a ten year interoperability plan, which according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is well position to protect us from wanton market competition...Show More Summary

Sysco And FTC Fight Over Proposed Merger, Food Service Voltron

The Federal Trade Commission and commercial food supplier Sysco are meeting in court today over Sysco’s right to acquire its next biggest national competitor, US Foods. Does America need a food service Voltron? Sysco is defending its proposed acquisition, but the FTC stands against it. Arguments in federal court started today, and could last for more than a week. While … [More]

Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge win U.S. antitrust approval to merge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Holcim Ltd, a Swiss company, and Lafarge S.A., which is based in Paris, on Monday won U.S. antitrust approval to merge after they agreed to divest assets, the Federal Trade Commission. The companies agreed to divest plants, terminals and a quarry to gain approval of their $25 billion deal, the FTC said. Show More Summary

FTC Shuts Down Two More Fake News Sites Pushing Weight-Loss Products

  For years, the Federal Trade Commission has been combatting scammy marketers of weight-loss products who use fake news sites, fictional reporters, and bogus celebrity endorsements, but people keep trying to pull these cons on consumers. Show More Summary

Deadline Today for AT&T “Cramming” Refunds

Despite the fact the Federal Trade Commission has ordered AT&T to pay a $105 million penalty, $80 million of which will be returned to customers, as part of a settlement over fraudulent “premium service” charges—that is, those sneaky, unwanted fees from pointless subscriptions to third-party services like ringtones and text messages that contained horoscopes, love [...]

DO THIS IMMEDIATELY: You only have two days left to get a refund on bogus charges from AT&T - here's how

Last October, AT&T was slapped with $105 million in fines and fees by the Federal Trade Commission for hitting its subscribers with bogus “cramming” charges. For those who don’t recall, cramming is the practice of billing customers for things like ringtone subscription services when customers never registered for the services to begin with. Show More Summary

Friday is deadline for AT&T cellphone refunds

AT&T reached a $105 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in October.        

Attention shoppers: Your cell phones are being tracked and the feds don’t like it

A tracking firm that quietly captured information about 9 million consumers wandering in, out, and nearby retail stores — largely without consumers’ knowledge — was slapped on the wrist by the Federal Trade Commission yesterday. TheShow More Summary

FTC Sends Mixed Warning on Location-Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission delivered a mixed warning to a burgeoning segment of the software industry in a settlement over location-tracking.

You Are Being Physically Tracked When You Shop, The FTC Reveals -- Here's What You Need To Know

You are being physically tracked when you shop, and an announcement from the Federal Trade Commission today revealed scary details as to the extent to which this practice occurs. The FTC announcement, which represents its first action against a company engaged in retail tracking (that is the physical tracking of users [...]

Telemarketer Penalized $3.4M For Scamming Elderly Into Paying For Unwanted Medical Alert Service

Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission shut down a Brooklyn-based telemarketing scheme that bullied elderly consumers into paying for a medical alert service they never ordered or wanted. Now a federal court has hit the telemarketer’s repeat-offender operator with a $3.4 million penalty. Here’s the quick background on this case. Show More Summary

FTC goes after company that uses smartphones to track shoppers

The Federal Trade Commission announced a consent order Thursday with Nomi Technologies, which it said did not abide by its own promises to allow consumers to opt out of being tracked while they shop. This is the first enforcement action by the FTC against a retail tracking company. Nomi is one of several companies that have developed ways to use […]

The Coming Media Bailout

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : GDay World

Is the Federal Trade Commission in the United States getting ready to use antitrust and copyright laws to protect mainstream media from New Media? This is to be expected. The post The Coming Media Bailout appeared first on

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