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Mar 15, 2012 It's Not All About You: What Privacy Advocates Don't Get About Data Tracking on the Web

QUOTE: The privacy discourse frames the issue in an ego-centric manner, as a bargain between consumers and companies: the company will know x, y and z about me and in exchange I get free email, good recommendations, and a plethora of convenient services. But the bargain that we are making is a collective one, and the costs will be felt at a societal scale. When we think in terms of power, it is clear we are getting a raw deal: we grant private entities -- with no interest in the public good and no public accountability -- greater powers of persuasion than anyone has ever had before and in exchange we get free email.

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Feb 15, 2012 FCC set to impose new limits on automated telemarketing calls

QUOTE: Under the new rules, telemarketers would have to get permission in writing before placing an automated call to a consumer. Currently, companies that have an established business relationship with a particular consumer can call them without permission.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 20, 2011 In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

QUOTE: companies, often selling sugar cereals and junk food, are using multimedia games, online quizzes and cellphone apps to build deep ties with young consumers...When these tactics revolve around food, and blur the line between advertising and entertainment, they are a source of intensifying concern for nutrition experts and children’s advocates — and are attracting scrutiny from regulators.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2009 Europe Is Studying Delays in Access to Generic Drugs

QUOTE: Europe’s antitrust regulator took aim at drug companies in France, Israel, India and the United States on Wednesday after a lengthy inquiry into practices that it claimed kept low-cost medicines from reaching consumers quickly.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2009 Hurry Up and Type: Why your laptop runs out of juice so fast.

QUOTE: battery-life numbers are based on a benchmark test called MobileMark 2007 (MM07). AMD [computer chip] says PC makers know full well that the new tests produce misleading [battery life] numbers, but they are touting them anyway.

Oct 12, 2007 Minnesota Limit on Gifts to Doctors May Catch On

QUOTE: The interest in legislation to register or limit the food, gifts and money that drug and device makers lavish on doctors stems from growing concerns that these benefits lead doctors to prescribe more, and more expensive, drugs and devices, raising the costs of health care and changing care to patients.

New York Times
May 23, 2007 The Time-Share Industry: Caveat Emptor

QUOTE: for a product that's been around for 40 years and is perfectly legal, the time-share business is remarkably rife with slimy sales tactics.

Smart Money
Jan 09, 2007 Educating teens about credit

QUOTE: plenty of debt-dubious parents wonder how best to introduce kids to the temptations of swipe-and-sign. As with most child-rearing decisions, the best course of action depends on the individual child. But thanks to an ever-increasing number of credit and debit options, savvy grown-ups can choose the card best suited to a teen's temperament, financial sophistication and maturity level.
Apr 14, 2006 Pitches, Fees Found in 'Free File' Tax Service

QUOTE: Taxpayers who use the "Free File" online tax return preparation services offered by private vendors in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service often are confronted by surprise fees, expensive add-ons, loan solicitations and other marketing pitches...

Washington Post
Jul 24, 2005 These Gifts Are Bad for Our Health

QUOTE: ...[patients would--Ed.] probably go into shock over the goodies doctors accept, like meals, travel, gift certificates or parties. The pharmaceutical industry estimates that it spends about $5.7 billion a year on marketing directly to physicians, which works out to about $6,000 to $7,000 per doctor.

Washington Post
May 06, 2005 Merck CEO Resigns as Drug Probe Continues: House Panel Critical Of Vioxx Sales Tactics

QUOTE: Merck & Co.'s longtime leader Raymond V. Gilmartin abruptly resigned yesterday on the same day congressional investigators released a slew of documents detailing how the company continued to aggressively promote its arthritis drug Vioxx after it knew of potentially serious safety concerns.

Washington Post
Sep 22, 2004 Critics Say Bill Could Trigger Flood of Faxes: Exemption Considered Too Broad

QUOTE: A bill moving through Congress designed to clarify rules for advertising via fax machines could expose consumers to a flood of unwanted solicitations, according to consumer groups and activists battling against junk faxes.

Washington Post
Sep 15, 2004 Child Antidepressant Warning Is Urged: Panel's Recommendation to FDA Comes as Use of Medications Has Soared

QUOTE: With the exception of Prozac, none of the antidepressants have been approved by the FDA for treating depression in children.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2004 Businesses Look to Congress to Fix Faxing Jam

QUOTE: as consumers won relief from unwanted telemarketers with a national do-not-call registry and regulators wrestled with the practicality of a do-not-spam list for e-mail users, many business groups lobbied to salvage some semblance of the use of another oft-mentioned irritant: the business fax.

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2004 A Hairy Problem for Salons; Diverting Premium Products to Stores Costs Industry Millions

QUOTE: But selling these products through alternative channels is not illegal, even if it violates a manufacturer's contract. So it's up to the manufacturer to catch the wholesalers, distributors and salons that are selling products on the side, and that's not always easy.

Washington Post
Jan 18, 2002 Drug Firms Still Lavish Pricey Gifts On Doctors: Ethics Debated As Freebies Flow

QUOTE: Drugmakers have been wining and dining physicians for years, and the practice has been controversial enough to prompt periodic reviews by Congress and the American Medical Association.

Washington Post
Nov 17, 2000 Online Retailers Warned On Shipping Promises: Federal Trade Commission Wants to Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's E-tailer Shipping Snafus.

QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning more than 100 online retailers that they'd better not make holiday shipping promises they can't keep.

PC World
Jan 17, 2000 Competition for e-shoppers gets scary

QUOTE: ...when you're on one Web retailer's site, about to buy something, a software agent from another Web retailer can come storming in to try to steal you away.