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FTC OKs Facebook-WhatsApp deal, warns both to honor privacy promises

FTC OKs Facebook-WhatsApp deal, warns both to honor privacy promises

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The FTC has approved the $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook, but warned both companies to honor privacy promises made to users after the deal.
Ananth Baliga
Terrell McSweeny confirmed to FTC

Terrell McSweeny confirmed to FTC

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The Senate voted Wednesday to easily confirm Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democractic commissioner on the five-member Federal Trade Commission.
Gabrielle Levy
After Target breach, FTC wants federal regulation

After Target breach, FTC wants federal regulation

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- Senate Commerce Committee called for federal standards to require companies to protect customer data following the massive security breach at Target last year.
Gabrielle Levy
Indian fair trade watchdog slaps $5B fine on Google

Indian fair trade watchdog slaps $5B fine on Google

NEW DELHI, March 10 (UPI) -- Google faces a $5 billion fine in India if it is found to have violated competition laws of the country, just days after settling a similar case with the E.U.
Ananth Baliga
Privacy groups: FTC should investigate Facebook-WhatsApp deal

Privacy groups: FTC should investigate Facebook-WhatsApp deal

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 7 (UPI) -- Privacy groups asked the FTC to investigate the Facebook-WhatsApp deal, saying it's unclear what Facebook will do with the personal data of WhatsApp's users.
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Supreme Court announces five new cases

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it has agreed to hear five new cases in its upcoming term.

Apple presses case for patent law reform

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. technology giant Apple Inc. is pushing for patent law reforms to deter law firms from pursuing opportunistic lawsuits, court papers indicate.

Schumer seeks to fine robocallers $20,000 a call

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a bill he introduced would increase penalties for nuisance telemarketing robocalls to $20,000 a call and up to 10 years in prison.

FTC asked to look into outlet store marketing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Four Democratic members of Congress have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look into potentially fraudulent marketing practices at outlet stores.

Deep freeze stresses propane market

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Frigid winter temperatures are putting pressure on the propane industry, as prices have soared and some U.S. regions have had supply shortages.

FTC wins antitrust case against Idaho hospital system

BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Idaho ordered a hospital system based in Boise to divest itself of a doctor group, as its acquisition was ruled anti-competitive.

Tax return thefts on rise

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to guard against identity thieves out to steal individuals' tax return checks, a rising crime.
Apple to reimburse parents whose kids made unauthorized in-app buys

Apple to reimburse parents whose kids made unauthorized in-app buys

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Apple says in an agreement reached with the U.S. government it will refund at least $32.5 million for kids' in-app purchases.

Four weight-loss firms to pay $34 million for fraud

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators said four companies would pay $34 million to settle charges of running deceptive advertising about weight loss products.
FTC charges 4 companies with marketing deceptive weight-loss products

FTC charges 4 companies with marketing deceptive weight-loss products

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The FTC on Tuesday cracked down on four companies involved in deceptive marketing of weight-loss products, saying they made baseless claims to their consumers.
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