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  • Phone Scam ‘Onslaught’ Has Authorities Scrambling

    05/27/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 139 replies
    WSJ video ^ | 5/27/2016
    Phone Scam ‘Onslaught’ Has Authorities Scrambling 5/27/2016 Telephone scammers posing as tech support, lottery reps or even government officials are inundating U.S. homes as cheap technology and the rapid rise in Internet access globally makes it easier to set up ..
  • FTC rejects congressional request to investigate Clinton Foundation

    05/19/2016 11:40:56 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 13 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/19/16 11:59 AM SHARE | RUDY TAKALA
    The federal agency responsible for consumer protection is refusing a request from members of Congress to investigate the nonprofit Clinton Foundation. "When the Federal Trade Commission can establish that an entity claiming to be a charity is in fact operating to profit itself or its members, i.e., is a 'sham charity,' the Commission can bring an enforcement action against the entity for making deceptive representations to donors," Commission Chair Edith Ramirez wrote in a Thursday letter to House members. Ramirez suggested the FTC had insufficient evidence to take action. Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who led a group of 21...
  • FTC Forces Asus to Comply to 20 Years of Security Audits

    02/25/2016 9:41:54 PM PST · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 25, 2016 22:07 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    A few months back, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against Taiwan-based hardware maker Asus accusing it of misrepresenting its products' security features and failure to address security vulnerabilities. The two parties have agreed to a settlement, one that forces Asus to subject its procedures and products to independent security audits for the next 20 years. According to the FTC's complaint, Asus has failed numerous times in addressing severe security issues and has made false claims about its products to its customers. Asus had flaws in its AiDisk and AiCloud router features The FTC pointed to numerous...
  • Ted Cruz and the South Carolina dentists

    02/16/2016 10:01:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 16, 2016 | John Delacourt and Asheesh Agarwal
    What can a case about ensuring healthy teeth for school kids tell us about the kind of president Ted Cruz might be? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Long before he was a U.S. senator or a presidential candidate, Cruz was a senior official at the Federal Trade Commission. His brief but eventful tenure provides interesting insights into how he might govern. One particular episode - which, as fate would have it, took place in South Carolina - is especially revealing. In 2003, as part of an initiative launched by a Cruz-led Task Force, the FTC filed suit against...
  • Here’s an Interesting Fact About Ted Cruz’s Past Most People Don’t Know About

    12/09/2015 5:21:52 PM PST · by Isara · 27 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 9, 2015 | Michael Cantrell
    One of the reasons Sen. Ted Cruz continues to climb the polls in the GOP presidential race is because of his proven track record of standing up for conservative principles, particularly social issues.What a lot of folks may not know is that his first major leadership role was economic in nature, and he proved himself to absolutely be a defender of the free market.As if you didn't have enough reasons to love the guy already...From PJ Media: Now that Cruz regularly polls toward the top of an ever-shrinking field, his early tenure bears closer scrutiny. Cruz has gained fame as...
  • FTC goes 'Star Chamber' on warrant transparency

    11/28/2015 7:51:25 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 28 Nov, 2015 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Intrepid reporter Kathryn Watson at The Daily Caller News Foundation just wanted to get copies of administrative subpoenas issued by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC replied to her Freedom of Information Act request with obstruction. Nobody knows how many administrative subpoenas are issued by government agencies. Administrative subpoenas are warrants for records such as private “papers” and emails. They are issued unilaterally by government bureaucrats, and are impossible to reconcile with the Fourth Amendment’s requirements of "oath and affirmation" of "probable cause" before neutral judges. Watson and The Daily Caller News Foundation have been doing the work that Congress...
  • What No One Seems to Know About Ted Cruz’s Past

    10/07/2015 8:22:07 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/30/15 | Asheesh Agarwal and John Delacourt
    Cruz was once a director at the Federal Trade Commission. He had a remarkable record of convincing Democrats to vote for conservative principles. In his first significant leadership role — as president of the Screen Actors Guild — Ronald Reagan fought communist influence in Hollywood and prevailed in a tough contract negotiation. In his first command — as a captain during the Black Hawk War — Abraham Lincoln overruled his men to prevent the execution of a suspected Potawotami spy. To win his first congressional race, Richard Nixon disingenuously linked his opponent to communist sympathizers, the start of a pattern...
  • One Fact Everyone Has Forgotten About Ted Cruz Might Be His Key To The White House

    10/03/2015 9:46:49 AM PDT · by Isara · 35 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 1, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support. Many may not realize that before Ted Cruz was a U.S. Senator he had a lengthy career in various positions, one of which makes him particularly well suited to roll back the explosion of regulations under the Obama administration. Following Cruz’s graduation from Harvard Law School in 1995, stints as a clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and in the practice of private law, the Texan ultimately ended up serving in George W. Bush administration in the early part of the last decade. PJ Media reports that Cruz, as director Federal Trade...
  • Agencies Say They Need Access to Americans’ Emails Without a Warrant [FTC and SEC]

    09/16/2015 5:45:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 9/16/15 | Kaveh Waddell
    A bi­par­tis­an bid to re­form an elec­tron­ic-pri­vacy law has the sup­port of the tech com­munity and the White House, but fed­er­al law en­force­ment of­fi­cials tell Con­gress the changes would hamper civil pro­sec­u­tion. Civil law en­force­ment agen­cies like the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion and the Se­cur­it­ies and Ex­change Com­mis­sion would not be able to ob­tain crit­ic­al in­form­a­tion if the law were changed to re­quire crim­in­al war­rants for ac­cess to data stored on cloud ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses from those agen­cies testi­fy­ing in front of the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Wed­nes­day. The law en­force­ment of­fi­cials were re­act­ing to bills from Sens. Mike Lee and...
  • Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House

    03/25/2015 4:36:21 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 23,2015 | Brody Mullins
    Search giant (GOOGLE) averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration. As the federal government was wrapping up its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., company executives had a flurry of meetings with top officials at the White House and Federal Trade Commission, the agency running the probe. Google co-founder Larry Page met with FTC officials to discuss settlement talks, according to visitor logs and emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt met with Pete Rouse, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, in the White House. The documents don’t show exactly what was discussed...
  • Soldiers' identities used as a way to scam people. Army leads in FTC fraud complaints

    03/15/2015 7:02:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Defending against love when it is part of a scam is what soldiers have to do, along with watching out for more personal identity attacks against them. In a February release of reports gathered in 2014, and published by the Federal Trade Commission, two of the 102 pages dealt with statistics involving America’s armed forces. Fort Huachuca Spokeswoman Tanja Linton said, just like the nation’s civilian community, service members — men and women — and their families are targets of scammers. In the FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, the Army, which is the largest service in...
  • FCC Commissioner: ‘If You Like Your Wireless Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It’

    02/19/2015 5:40:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/19/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is out with a new message to fight net neutrality: “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it.” Borrowing the phrase from President Obama, the Republican commissioner penned an op-ed with Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Joshua Wright, raising concerns with Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. While the president insists his plan is for a “free and open Internet,” Pai and Wright said net neutrality is anything but. “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it. But new federal regulations may take away your freedom...
  • The Latest Case Of An Interest Group Using Regulation To Stifle Competition: Teeth Whitening

    08/13/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 13, 2014 | George Leef
    Conspiracies to stifle competition never work very well or for long in the absence of government power. Besides, such conspiracies are illegal under the federal antitrust laws. Therefore, special interest groups desiring to minimize or eliminate competition usually look for ways of using government regulation for their purposes. It is not only far more effective, but also largely immune for antitrust attack. A case the Supreme Court will hear in October, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC perfectly illustrates the way this nasty little game is played. Among the many cosmetic services Americans enjoy is teeth whitening....
  • ‘Made in the USA’ Labels Not Verified, Says FTC

    07/23/2014 4:10:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 23 2014 3:55PM
    The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on the company issuing “Made in USA” certification seals, alleging that the company is letting partners use the seal without checking that the products were in fact made in the United States. […] “The guidelines say it has to be virtually, entirely made in the USA,” (former prosecutor Jonna Spilbor) said. “And yes, it’s hard. But don’t make money from selling the license if you can’t get enough people to comply with it.” …
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center Challenges Facebook's Manipulation of Users

    07/06/2014 10:34:23 AM PDT · by dalight · 7 replies
    epic.org ^ | July 3, 014 | EPIC
    EPIC Challenges Facebook's Manipulation of Users, Files FTC Complaint EPIC has filed a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission concerning Facebook's manipulation of users' News Feeds for psychological research. "The company purposefully messed with people's minds," states the EPIC complaint. EPIC has charged that the study violates a privacy consent order and is a deceptive trade practice. In 2012, Facebook subjected 700,000 users to an "emotional" test with the manipulation of News Feeds. Facebook did not get users' permission to conduct this study or notify users that their data would be disclosed to researchers. In the complaint, EPIC explained...
  • FTC turns lights on decorative bulbs

    06/17/2014 12:43:41 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may require decorative light bulbs to publish energy labels that provide consumers with information about a bulb's brightness, color, life, energy use, and estimated annual energy cost. The FTC announced Tuesday it is considering new rules that would require decorative and other specialty light bulbs to comply with the same energy labeling rule that other, more traditional light bulbs have been following since 2010. The Lighting Facts label can be found on general service light bulbs, such as incandescents, fluorescents, and LEDs. But, so far, decorative lights have been exempt from the labeling rule. This...
  • Mark Cuban Takes on Snapchat with Cyber Dust

    05/13/2014 8:45:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    FOX Business ^ | May 13, 2014 | Katie Roof
    In a world where texts, tweets and emails can potentially be used against you, billionaire investor Mark Cuban launched Cyber Dust, an app for disappearing text messages and photos. Once the recipient views the note, it vanishes in seconds. Cuban says he was inspired to create this service after being challenged by the FCC over insider trading allegations, of which he was eventually cleared. “What I learned very quickly was they took old emails and messages and created whatever context they wanted to create for it,” says Cuban. Cuban took his idea to app developers and launched Cyber Dust to...
  • Prosecute HealthCare.gov? The FTC has rules about deceptive ads

    11/16/2013 9:04:43 AM PST · by Understand the stimulus · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/13 | Andrew Stiles
    Conservatives often argue that the federal government should function more like a private business. Obamacare supporters should be grateful it does not, because otherwise HealthCare.gov would almost certainly run afoul of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as of the recently established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Orson Swindle, who served as an FTC commissioner from 1997 to 2005, says there are a number of practices that, if HealthCare.gov were a private entity, would result in its being “taken to the shed and horsewhipped” by government regulators. President Obama’s oft-repeated falsehood, “If you like your plan, you can keep...
  • Does Obamacare violate Financial Rules ?

    10/03/2013 6:54:18 PM PDT · by Understand the stimulus · 6 replies
    self | 10/05/2013 | Understand the Stimulus
    OBAMACARE: is like going into a restaurant and before you can see the menu you have to giveup your social security number and personal info to a democratic advocacy group... Anyone familiar with financial matters KNOWS that a prospectus is required BEFORE someone purchases anything BUT to find out about OBAMACARE you have to give them all your personal information...Instead of being able to READ what Financial Health Plans they are offering you MUST disclose who you are... It gets better...you give this information to the most radicalized democratic organizations like Planned parenthood allegedly... THE FTC brings actions against companies...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Utah AG to scheme (Harry Reid mentioned)

    01/12/2013 2:30:33 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | Jan 12 , 2013
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. ... Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation.
  • US eyes Google antitrust settlement: reports

    12/18/2012 2:27:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17 December 2012 - 21H50 | (AFP)
    US regulators are likely to conclude a lengthy antitrust probe of Google’s dominance of Internet searches with a voluntary settlement, news reports said Monday. The Wall Street Journal said Google was likely to agree to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that calls for unspecified changes in how it handles search queries, but would stop short of signing a consent decree that could be enforced by a court. The Washington Post also reported that a settlement was likely this week, saying it would fall well short of what Google’s rivals had sought. …
  • 7 unspeakable acts guaranteed to revive economy

    08/30/2012 7:17:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    Exclusive: Robert Ringer envisions Romney only tinkering around edges of government The cover story in the September issue of Newsmax is titled “Saving America: Mitt and Ann Share Their Personal Journey.” It reminded me once again that so long as people look to politicians to solve their problems – or the nation’s problems – the problems will only get worse. Politicians are in the business of passing laws, and laws almost always involve taking money from individuals or restricting their freedom. There are hundreds of ways to “get the economy moving,” but off the top of my head I can...
  • The Biggest Obamacare Scam Of Them All

    07/14/2012 10:46:17 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 5 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/14/12 | CaroleL
    The Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert warning that unscrupulous individuals are using the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) to obtain personal financial information from consumers. According to the alert, these "scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name. " Shameful behavior for sure, but not all that different from that of the architects of the law itself. The illegal scammers are trying to gather people's personal information...
  • FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads

    05/16/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/16/12 | JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press
    The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian's curves or Brooke Burke's toned tush.
  • Forgerygate: Media Threatened With Fed Investigations If O Birth Certificate Story Reported

    03/20/2012 1:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 4+ views
    The Center for Western Journalism ^ | March 20, 2012 | Doug Book
    Individuals and member organizations of the American media were threatened with FTC and FCC investigation if information gathered by Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse concerning the forgery of Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate were passed on to the American public. It was Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo who made this stunning revelation, stating “During our investigation, we actually were told [that media] had been threatened with FTC investigations. Commentators [had been] threatened with their jobs.” And Jerome Corsi, author of “Where’s the birth certificate,” the book whose imminent publication was responsible for forcing Barack Obama to quickly create and...
  • After government says it misled users, Facebook pledges to address privacy concerns

    11/30/2011 5:36:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-30-11 | ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information. The unflattering portrait of Facebook's privacy practices emerged Tuesday in a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that Facebook exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent. In some cases, the FTC charged, Facebook allowed potentially sensitive details to be passed along to advertisers and software developers prowling for customers. To avoid further legal wrangling, Facebook agreed to submit to government audits of its privacy...
  • How Google Dominates Us

    08/08/2011 5:57:14 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 10 replies
    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Simon and Schuster, 424 pp., $26.00 I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 416 pp., $27.00 The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95 Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky Telescope, 329 pp., $28.95 Tweets Alain de Botton, philosopher, author, and now online aphorist: The logical conclusion of our relationship to computers: expectantly to type “what is...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade – Part Deux

    07/29/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, in a post discussing a New York Times op-ed that called for heavy taxation on “unhealthy” foods, I asked, “How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force ‘healthy food’ advertising?” Now The Daily Caller reports that food producers could face government regulations requiring “healthy” composition profiles for foods marketed to children two to seventeen years old.If enacted, new regulatory criteria will reclassify many foods which the FDA presently considers healthy as off limits for advertising to children. In the present formulations, eighty-eight of the top 100 most-consumed foods will be...
  • New World Order: Google Track Record Raises Questions

    07/06/2011 3:08:00 PM PDT · by hilaryrhymeswithrich · 31 replies
    Rebel Pundit ^ | July 6 2011 | Rebel Pundit
    The announcement of a Federal Trade Commission investigation into the Google’s trade practices and an ongoing Congressional investigation has some in Washington predicting the end of the Internet, as we know it. But before writing the Internet’s obituary, it is critical to take a step back and examine what is really going on.
  • How anything you've EVER said on the internet could be seen by employers

    06/26/2011 8:15:24 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/26/11 | Fiona Roberts
    The Federal Trade Commission has approved a controversial firm which scours social media sites to check on job applicants. It means anything you've ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer. The Washington-based commission has ruled the firm, Social Intelligence Corporation, complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act - even though it keeps the results of its searches on file for seven years.
  • FTC to deepen Google probe: report

    06/23/2011 12:41:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/23/11 | Bill Rigby and Diane Bartz - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc is about to receive the civil equivalent of a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as part of a probe into the giant Web company's Internet search business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The company, which dominates U.S. and global markets for search advertising, has been accused by competitors of favoring its own services over rivals in its search results. Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, and the FTC declined to comment on the Journal report. The FTC plans to send the civil investigative...
  • Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

    06/21/2011 12:56:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 21, 2011 | Audrey Hudson, congressional correspondent
    Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies. The same goes for restaurants. It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty...
  • Background check company will store your social networking slipups for 7 years

    06/20/2011 7:05:29 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    Today In Tech ^ | June 20, 2011 | Mike Wehner
    In a world where potential employers will almost certainly toss your name into a search engine before considering you for a job, we should all be very careful about what we put online. However, sometimes we slip up, leaving a nasty smear on an otherwise pristine social networking persona. Now, thanks to a ruling by the FTC, background checking services can store those unfortunate moments for up to 7 years after you've deleted them from the web. A company called Social Intelligence — which provides background checks for companies during the hiring process — recently drew ire from would-be employees...
  • Chuck (Schumer): Probe oil refiners' profits

    05/29/2011 2:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 29, 2011
    New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants the government to investigate U.S. oil refiners' skyrocketing profits, which he said are to blame for high gas prices. "Something is rotten," said the Democrat, speaking today at a gas station on Manhattan's West Side. He said refiners' profits have more than doubled since last year. Meanwhile, the price of unleaded gas went up by almost 12 percent in just the two weeks ending May 6, topping $4 a gallon in New York. The senator said he believes refiners may be fixing prices by cutting back on stockpiles — by keeping refining capacities to...
  • New FTC Guidelines Take Aim at Children’s Food Pitchmen

    04/29/2011 10:40:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | April 29, 2011 | John Sexton
    There’s an old saying that when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. The government version is this: When all you have is the ability to regulate, the solution to every problem is more regulation: Citing an epidemic of childhood obesity, regulators are taking aim at a range of tactics used to market foods high in sugar, fat or salt to children, including the use of cartoon characters like Toucan Sam, the brightly colored Froot Loops pitchman, who appears in television commercials and online games as well as on cereal boxes. The story goes on to...
  • Pelosi, Other Democrats Ask FTC To Investigate Gas Prices (Blast From The Past)

    03/31/2011 2:36:16 PM PDT · by radioone · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 25, 2008 | Darren Goode
    House Speaker Pelosi and other prominent Democrats today asked the FTC to investigate record high gas and oil prices, in the latest sign of partisan wrangling ahead of the summer driving season. Democrats want the commission to initiate immediately a rule implementing language in the energy bill signed into law in December that gives the agency authority to investigate and levy penalties against companies suspected of manipulating oil supply and prices. “Congress provided this authority to the FTC four months ago — but to date, the FTC has failed to exercise its power to protect consumers from skyrocketing energy costs,”...
  • Your Car: Powered Soon By Four Loko [recycling stuff into pure ethanol]

    01/07/2011 9:16:21 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 09:12 am January 7, 2011 | by Scott Hensley
    Coming to a gas pump near you. Even if you can't drink and drive, your car can. A Virginia company is taking in truckloads of boozy caffeinated drinks, including Four Loko, and recycling the stuff into pure ethanol to be blended into gasoline. A crackdown on the beverages is leading wholesalers to send the drinks from their warehouses to waste management companies for handling. "We’re at full capacity," Brian Potter, a VP for MXI Environmental Services, told the Associated Press. "There are about 30 different products involved, and we’ve only seen a couple of them at this point. It could...
  • FTC drops investigation of Google less than a week after company exec holds Obama fundraiser

    10/29/2010 10:27:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/29/10 | Ken Boehm
    Yesterday, the White House blog asked “as special interest billionaires continued to pour secret donations of millions of dollars each into front groups supporting Republicans, we asked the obvious question: “What do they expect in return?“” They added, “Congressional Republicans have made clear that lobbyists have a seat at the table even when they are formulating their party’s broader strategy and governing vision.” People in glass White Houses shouldn’t throw stones. * “Google’s Marissa Mayer is hosting President Obama for a Democratic party fundraiser tonight. Tickets are $30,000-a-head….” – San Francisco Chronicle, October 21, 2010 * “After analyzing the unencrypted...
  • FTC Subpoenas 48 Food Companies Regarding Marketing to Kids

    09/02/2010 7:02:41 PM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Advertising Age ^ | 9/1/2010 | Rich Thomaselli
    NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The Federal Trade Commission is once again handing out subpoenas to companies that market food to children and teens. Three years after initially delivering what is technically known as "orders to file special report" to 44 marketers, the FTC last week began sending subpoenas to 48 companies in order to prepare a follow-up to its 120-page report issued in 2008, "Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents: A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities and Self-Regulation." "This is a follow-up to measure the effects that self-regulation has had over the last three years," said Carol Jennings, spokeswoman for...
  • ‘First, Do No Harm’: A Plea to the FTC

    06/22/2010 4:59:50 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 22, 2010 | Dan Miller
    In May, the FTC launched a trial balloon calling for the "reinvention of journalism." Whether it's a "journalism AmeriCorps" or a Ministry of Truth, it's a bad idea. On May 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (not to be confused with the Federal Communications Commission, which is also trying to help in a crisis not to be wasted) released a document titled “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.” It must, in the minds of some folks, be time for our masters to push the reset button. The FCC document notes that “this draft does not represent conclusions...
  • EDITORIAL: FTC dodges Drudge Tax questions

    06/11/2010 10:24:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 555+ views
    washington times ^ | 6/11/10 | editor
    Agency head complained of 'free ride' for online news readers Federal Trade Commission (FTC) leaders are attempting to distance themselves from controversial proposals published in a May 24 working paper on "reinventing" the media. The report presents a suite of options through which government could step in and supposedly rescue journalism, most notably by imposing taxes. A fee could be levied on websites such as the Drudge Report that link to the best news of the day, or a tax could be imposed on consumer electronics such as iPads, laptops and Kindles. Funds collected would be redistributed to traditional media...
  • FTC draft study proposes massive bailout of newspapers

    06/05/2010 11:29:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 533+ views
    american thinker ^ | 6/5/10 | Joseph Smith
    The FTC has issued a discussion report on rescuing the failing newspaper industry, labeled as "The Reinvention of Journalism," Fox News reports. An NYU journalism source speaks for critics of the FTC draft: The problem with this is that the FTC is trying to set an agenda here, that some sort of government intervention is necessary. It's a power grab by the FTC and it's also an example of one old power structure circling its wagons around another.
  • EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax

    06/04/2010 6:31:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 109 replies · 5,028+ views
    washington times ^ | 6/4/10 | editor
    Journalism can reinvent itself without government 'help' The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism, and that's a cause for concern. According to a May 28 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC's policy staff fears this new reality. "There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial...
  • Journalism 'Reinvention' Smacks of Government Control, Critics Say

    06/04/2010 7:19:57 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 35 replies · 684+ views
    FOX News ^ | Published June 02, 2010 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    A list of potential policy recommendations to reinvent the field of journalism that has been compiled by the Federal Trade Commission is a "dangerous" overreach of power and a waste of taxpayer funds, critics of the project told FoxNews.com. FTC officials began a project in May 2009 to consider the challenges the journalism industry faces in the digital age. The federal agency recently released a discussion draft titled "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism," a 47-page document that outlines a major government push to rescue the country's flailing media platforms -- specifically newspapers, which have seen advertising...
  • Government Wants to Save Journalism With Creative New Taxes

    06/03/2010 8:32:06 PM PDT · by NY Hockey Mom · 8 replies · 403+ views
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | 6/3/10 | The Lonely Conservative
    The FTC wants to save the old dinosaur media. ... To pay for it all they want to tax all sorts of things like broadband, advertising and consumer electronics. Oh, and they would also make it illegal for people like me to go around distributing facts to people like you. ... Reaganite Republican had it right when he said our “First Amendment rights are coming under pressure from the Bolshevik Boy Wonder yet again.” Interesting that the government is trying to save the old media while the old media is hiring up all of the left wing bloggers.
  • FTC to "reinvent" journalism

    06/02/2010 12:28:36 PM PDT · by faq · 18 replies · 504+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The nation needs a strong, independent press, the FTC argues, and so they want to find ways for government to "reinvent" journalism. If that sounds vaguely Orwellian to you, the actual language in the Federal Trade Commission’s discussion-points memo should have hairs standing on the backs of necks across the nation. It shows a wildly laughable rationale for government intervention that would prop up the failing newspaper model in a manner that would put the entire industry at the mercy of the federal bureaucracy it’s supposed to keep in check. The paper notes "experimentation" of media outlets on the Internet,...
  • Next Takeover Target: The News Media (FTC paper)

    06/02/2010 2:57:06 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies · 892+ views
    FTC via moonbattery.com ^ | June 1st | Van Helsing
    The Marxist in the White House has already taken big steps toward nationalizing the banking, insurance, automobile, and healthcare industries. Federal foot-dragging over protecting the coast from the Gulf oil spill could be motivated by a desire to have as many oil-coated pelicans as possible on the evening news as a prelude to nationalization of the energy sector. What else would be at the top of a communist's list of takeovers if not the very media that installed him in power? Mark Tapscott reports on the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism," an initiative intended to transform the...
  • Will journalists wake up in time to save journalism from Obama's FTC?

    05/31/2010 9:49:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 616+ views
    wash. examiner ^ | 5/31/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism" makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: President Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care. Everybody who wants independent journalism had better wake up to these three facts about what is going: * Journalists must understand that there is no way the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press will survive if the federal government regulates the news industry as envisioned by the FTC. Those who accept at face value protests...
  • 'Rogue' internet firm 3FN shut down

    05/24/2010 4:42:10 PM PDT · by brityank · 4 replies · 452+ views
    BBC - Technology ^ | May 24, 2010 | Staff
    'Rogue' internet firm 3FN shut down An internet firm linked to many of the internet's criminal gangs has been shut down. The US Federal Trade Commission said Belize-based 3FN aided gangs that ran botnets, carried out phishing attacks and traded in images of child abuse. The servers and net hardware of 3FN have been seized and are due to be sold off as the firm is dismantled. The operators of 3FN must also pay back $1.08m (Ł750,000 ) they are reputed to have made by hosting criminal sites. Servers seized The FTC began its legal action against 3FN in...
  • Photocopier Fallout - Congress, FTC "Concerned"

    05/23/2010 4:26:55 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 57 replies · 1,565+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | May 17, 2010 | Armen Keteyian
    (CBS)  A CBS News investigation last month found that nearly every digital copier built after 2002 stores an image of documents copied, scanned or emailed by the machine on hard drives. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports parents and students at Dos Palos High School in Sacramento found out the hard way recently, when CBS affiliate KOVR pulled hundreds of student names, home addresses, cell phone and social security numbers off the hard drive of an old school copier. "The fact that information that we treat very, very carefully somehow got out of our system and is out...