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U.S. Investigates Security of Mobile Devices
Security

U.S. Investigates Security of Mobile Devices

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have asked mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how they release security updates amid mounting concerns over security vulnerabilities.
Amazon Found Liable for Charges Incurred by Kids Using Apps
Amazon

Amazon Found Liable for Charges Incurred by Kids Using Apps

The FTC had sued Amazon in 2014, alleging that the company failed to make proper disclosures to parents regarding purchases made by their children.
U.S. Government Asked Amazon to Lie in Staples-Office Depot Merger Case, Judge Says
Mergers and Acquisitions

U.S. Government Asked Amazon to Lie in Staples-Office Depot Merger Case, Judge Says

'The public ought to know that the government wanted Amazon to say some things that weren't true,' Emmet Sullivan said.
Staples and Office Depot: U.S. Government 'Simply Wrong' for Trying to Block Merger
Mergers and Acquisitions

Staples and Office Depot: U.S. Government 'Simply Wrong' for Trying to Block Merger

More than a year ago, Staples offered to buy Office Depot in a transaction then valued at about $5.5 billion, pressured by declining sales in the office supplies sector and the rise of rivals.
Phil Wahba
3 Marketing Claims That Hurt Your Reputation
Marketing Bootcamp

3 Marketing Claims That Hurt Your Reputation

Snake oil has a distinct odor, even online.
Kimanzi Constable
FTC Orders 'Brain Training' Company Lumosity to Pay $2 Million Over Deceptive Advertising Practices
Regulations

FTC Orders 'Brain Training' Company Lumosity to Pay $2 Million Over Deceptive Advertising Practices

'Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads,' said the FTC's director of consumer protection.
Laura Entis
Is Google Spying on Students? The Electronic Frontier Foundation Believes So.
Google

Is Google Spying on Students? The Electronic Frontier Foundation Believes So.

The computer company is reportedly collecting data through its automatically enabled 'Sync' feature in Chrome.
Nathan McAlone
Brands: Get Up to Date on Federal Trade Commission Guidelines
Marketing Bootcamp

Brands: Get Up to Date on Federal Trade Commission Guidelines

Be aware of new FTC regulations regarding advertising and social media.
Eric Dahan
The High-Tech Jet That Could Transform Business Travel: Weekly News
Weekly News Roundup

The High-Tech Jet That Could Transform Business Travel: Weekly News

Plus: We explain what small businesses need to know about global market volatility.
Tanya Benedicto Klich
Court Rules FTC Can Come After Your Company After a Cyber Attack
Cybersecurity

Court Rules FTC Can Come After Your Company After a Cyber Attack

in a closely watched ruling, an appeals court says victims of hackers have liability for unfair-practices claims.
Ray Hennessey
In Landmark Move, FTC Takes Action Against Kickstarter Campaign Fraud
Crowdfunding

In Landmark Move, FTC Takes Action Against Kickstarter Campaign Fraud

A project creator was charged with using 'unfair or deceptive acts' to raise more than $120,000 on the crowdfunding platform, which he allegedly spent on personal expenses.
Laura Entis
Groups Urge FTC to Investigate YouTube Kids Video App
Marketing Bootcamp

Groups Urge FTC to Investigate YouTube Kids Video App

The groups are concerned that the app disregards long-established safeguards limiting advertising to young audiences.
Snuggie Maker Wrapped Up in Not-So-Cozy Advertising Fraud Charges
Fraud

Snuggie Maker Wrapped Up in Not-So-Cozy Advertising Fraud Charges

Turns out Allstar's 'buy one, get one free' ad hook was allegedly cloaked in trickery. Now the as-seen-on-TV giant is forking over $8 million to settle charges that it hoodwinked customers.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
FTC Fines Two Health Apps That 'Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their Claims'
Health

FTC Fines Two Health Apps That 'Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their Claims'

Both apps said they could diagnose melanoma via simple smartphone snapshots.
Laura Entis