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THE NEWS: The Federal Trade Commission is preparing to issue subpoenas to Google and other companies as authorities gather information for a broad antitrust probe into the Internet search leader's business practices.
A published report says federal regulators are preparing to issue subpoenas to Google and other companies as authorities gather information for a broad antitrust probe into the Internet search leader's business practices.
In a June 18 story about Microsoft Corp.'s purchase of Skype, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the deal had been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission. The deal was cleared by the Justice Department.
The Federal Trade Commission is letting software giant Microsoft Corp. proceed with its largest deal ever, an $8.5 billion bid for web chat and call service Skype.
With $4-a-gallon gas a matter of recent news, a few members of Congress are trying again to give the federal government the job of policing gasoline prices. No matter that in study after study, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that public concerns over price gouging usually are misplaced. No matter that the FTC has repeatedly told Congress a federal price-gouging law would cause more problems than it solves.
A long-simmering dispute over a powerful new consumer protection agency created in last year's landmark Wall Street reform law broke out into a full-fledged political battle last week as Senate Republicans moved to prevent the White House from installing a new czar at the agency.
Federal regulators are joining the growing list of public officials demanding answers from Apple Inc. and Google Inc. about the extent to which mobile devices track the location of their users and store detailed histories of their movements.
An online game company owned by Walt Disney Co. is paying $3 million to settle federal charges that it illegally collected and disclosed personal information from hundreds of thousands of children under age 13 without their parents' consent.
The last time gasoline prices were as high as they are today was in 2008, and Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for president, made it clear that one of his major policy goals was to make fossil fuels expensive, so that "alternative" and "green" sources of energy would be more economically competitive. Three months before he was confirmed as secretary of energy, Steven Chu confirmed in an interview that "somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."