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Google settles on patents, other antitrust claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results as part of a settlement to end a 19-month investigation its business practices.

01/03/2013

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FTC scolds Apple, Google and developers over (lack of) kids’ privacy

The Federal Trade Commission released its second report on mobile apps for kids, finding “little progress” on privacy issues. Listen to an expert in online media discuss the thorny issue with KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee.

12/11/2012

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Government investigating makers of cellphone apps

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is investigating software companies that make cellphone apps to learn whether they are violating the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from their phones then sharing it.

12/10/2012

Canadian man indicted in alleged 'Grandparent Scam' arrested at LAX

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Canadian man accused of taking part in a scheme to dupe Southland grandparents into believing their grandchildren or other relatives were in danger in foreign countries and immediately required money […]

10/26/2012

Government offers $50k for help on robocalls

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls aren’t just getting on the nerves of millions of consumers: The government is fed up too, and it’s turning to the public for help. […]

10/18/2012

Gas price manipulation blamed for high prices (audio)

KFWB’s Jon Baird talks with fuming drivers are fuming as gas prices remain sky high amid talk of price manipulation. The governor has taken action to start producing winter grade gas and Senator Dianne Feinstein […]

10/08/2012

FTC issues revised green marketing guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission is releasing an updated version of its green marketing guidelines that aim to hold companies to truthful standards in touting the environmental friendliness of their products. The revision […]

10/01/2012

US, EU approve Universal takeover of EMI

BRUSSELS (AP) – Universal Music Group got approval Friday from American and European regulators to buy the famed British music company EMI, including the hugely lucrative Beatles catalog. But the EU imposed stringent restrictions on […]

09/21/2012

Feinstein calls for fed probe into gas price spike

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) – California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling for a federal investigation into gasoline price spikes that followed a fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond. In a letter sent Tuesday to […]

08/28/2012

Google agrees to record $22.5M fine on privacy

(AP) – Google is paying a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple’s Safari browser. The penalty announced Thursday […]

08/09/2012

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