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Facebook Oculus Deal Gets Regulatory Approval

04/23/2014, On March 25th Facebook announced its intention to acquire Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old company that built its virtual reality goggles on the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign. As is the case with any deal of this size, it had to jump through...

FTC Clears Facebook/WhatsApp Deal, Must Honor Privacy Obligations

04/10/2014, Back in February it was announced that Facebook had agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. Privacy advocates raised their voice against the deal and even called upon the FTC to look into the deal. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today signed off on the...

FTC Commissioner Disagrees With FTC’s Decision To Punish Apple

01/16/2014, In-app purchases are fine if you know what you’re doing and what you’re buying. However children might not necessarily know that they are spending money, or might not think that purchasing something at $0.99 100 times will amount to a lot of money,...

Apple Settles FTC Complaint, To Pay $32.5 Million In Refunds

01/15/2014, In-app purchases are a great way for developers to make money out of their apps, which only bring in money when they’re purchased. Some developers offer apps for free but limit functionality, requiring users to pay to unlock more features. Now...

FTC Scrutinizing Facebook’s Proposed Privacy Policy Changes

09/12/2013, Back in August Facebook proposed a number of changes to its privacy policy, they’ve been the cause of much criticism. Since then, six privacy groups have complained to the FTC that these proposed changes violate a 2011 settlement that the...

Consumer Watchdog appeals to the FTC to break up Google’s business

11/16/2012, Saying that Google is a big company might seem like an understatement – after all they own Android, one of the most popular smartphone platforms in the market at the moment, YouTube, Gmail, Google+ and let’s not forget their core competency, a search...

FTC Weighs on Facial Recognition Data and Services

10/22/2012, It’s not new that Facial Recognition does work: London had built an extensive security apparatus around that in recent years. There is also no question that the technology itself has become very reliable, but what’s new is that it has made its...

FTC shuts down telemarketing scammers posing as tech support

10/03/2012, The FTC today froze the assets of 14 companies involved in a long-term scam. These companies, usually based in India, cold-called up English-speaking consumers posing as a representative of a major tech company, such as Microsoft, Symantec (makers of...