CLBR Segment 2: Is Facebook Playing Monopoly

The news that the FTC would conduct an antitrust review of the $1 billion Facebook-Instagram acquisition puts Facebook in the spotlight as they join Microsoft, Google and Intel as tech giants who have been subject of intense antitrust scrutiny. Our Guest: David Balto David Balto has practiced antitrust law for over 20 years in the…

AboutFace: Antitrust Investigation, Privacy and Snooping

Facebook-Instagram Deal to be Delayed by FTC Antitrust Probe Reports are circulating that the $1 billion Facebook-Instagram deal could be put on hold by as much as a year while the FTC conducts an antitrust investigation into the deal.  As the New York Times indicates, “[t]he government could also be interested in whether a company is killing…

In the Courts: Scareware, Facebook Trilogy and Double-Whammy and RIP Righthaven

Ascentive Settles Scareware Class Action for $9.6MM Software vendor Ascentive, best known for its FinallyFast product, has agreed to pay $9.6 million to settle a class-action complaint that alleged it tricked consumers into believing that their computers were underperforming by providing them with free ‘diagnostic scans’ that were designed to artificially report an exaggerated number…

Backlash Over Employer “Shoulder Surfing”

Senator Moves to Ban “Shoulder Surfing” Job Applicants After reports over trends that employers were requiring job applicants to provide their Facebook login or use Facebook while they watched (aka “Shoulder Surfing”), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has indicated that he will soon offer legislation banning the practice.  Civil liberties advocates have denounced the practice an invasion…

Top Stories of 2011

TOP STORIES OF 2011 #1  AMAZON WARS 2010 ended with the Amazon Tax in effect in three states totally approximately ten percent of the population and GDP.  With the addition of Arkansas, Calfornia, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Vermont the tax has some applicability in states which comprise about 1/3 of the population and GDP the…

DAA Wins Praise for Expansion of Self Reg Principles, Facebook Draws Fire for Offline Tracking

DAA Wins Praise From FTC, Expands Self-Regulatory Principles Facebook Draws Fire from Rockefeller Two years ago the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Association of National Advertisers, the American Advertising Federation, the Direct Marketing Association, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Network Advertising Initiative joined forces to create the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) to develop…

Tech Giants Behaving Badly: Google, Facebook, Cisco, Nokia and Microsoft Under Scrutiny

Tech Giants Behaving Badly Google’s Canadian Overdose $500M DOJ Settlement Plus Class Action Suit Google has entered into a $500 million settlement with the Department of Justice for allowing Canadian pharmacies to advertise in the US.  Google blocked ads from other countries, just not Canada.  The U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island that ran the investigation…

In the Courts: Social Media in the Workplace, Righthaven, e360’s $3.00

  IN THE COURTS Judge Reinstates Workers Fired for Complaining on Facebook An administrative law judge ruled in favor of five workers who were fired for complaining about workplace conditions on Facebook. The judge concluded that “a conversation among co-workers about their terms and conditions of employment” is protected under the National Labor Relations Act regardless…

Anonymous Threatens to Destroy Facebook

  TEXT BELOW     Operation Facebook   DATE: November 5, 2011.   TARGET: https://facebook.com   Press: Twitter : https://twitter.com/OP_Facebook http://piratepad.net/YCPcpwrl09 Irc.Anonops.Li #OpFaceBook Message:   Attention citizens of the world,   We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows: Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are…

EU UPDATE: Cookies, Three Strikes and le “F Word”

EU UPDATE Cookies, Three Strikes and le “F Word” UK Postpones Enforcement of Controversial EU Cookie Rule The EU’s Cookie Directive imposing an opt-in requirement (after providing  clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the information collection) became effective in May, with the UK, Denmark and Estonia being the only members to have adopted implementing legislation.…

TOP STORY: Facebook, Google Stir Privacy Debate, FTC Holds Fire

FACEBOOK, GOOGLE MISSTEPS FUEL PRIVACY DEBATE, WHILE FTC BACKS AWAY FROM REGULATION OF BT Facebook was back in the privacy spotlight after a recent Wall Street Journal investigation found that many of the most popular Facebook applications were sharing user profiles with other advertisers and data firms (as was MySpace but to a more limited degree),…