Top Story: Google Pays $22.5M to the Privacy Squad

 The Privacy Squad:  Privacy Enforcement is Here Last week, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle claims it violated its FTC Consent Decree in circumventing the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari users – the largest such settlement ever.  Commissioner Leibowitz explained that the record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to…

Top Story: ICANN’S Book of Revelations

ICANN’S REVEAL DAY What Are the New gTLDs and What Does it All Mean  Wednesday  is what ICANN labeled as “Reveal Day,” for the moment when it announced the applicants who paid the $185,000 application fee for 1,409 new generic top level domains (gTLDs) in what some where calling the “greatest internet landgrab in history.”  One…

Top Story: Amazon Near Deal on Cal. Sales Tax

STATE OF LIMBO Amazon Near Deal on California Sales Tax Amazon has countered California’s passage of the so-called Amazon tax by terminating its in-state affiliates and doing an end-run around Sacramento by seeking to qualify a proposition to repeal the new law for the November ballot.  Sacramento responded by seeking to repeal and reenact the…