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Bitterly divided FTC approves Staples-Essendant merger

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons’ goal of building a new consensus on antitrust or confirming the old one isn’t going to be easy to achieve.

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Tech giants up lobbying spending amid outcry over privacy threats

As lawmakers prepare to beef up privacy laws, they face an onslaught of lobbying and campaign spending by technology companies amid increased public support for getting tough on those firms.

Advocates aggressively push for new agency — a CFPB for privacy

It’s easy to dismiss the efforts of consumer advocacy groups that are pushing for a new federal data privacy agency to displace the Federal Trade Commission.

Facebook in hot seat again over ‘friendly fraud,’ kids app

Facebook earned record-breaking profits last year despite a string of privacy scandals, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on an apology tour, vowing that his company would do better.

Sack the NFL’s antitrust exemption, lawmaker urges

When fans don’t like a referee’s or umpire’s call, they rant, Tweet or drown their sorrows with liquid refreshment. US Representative Cedric Richmond has more forceful options.

When love’s in the air, romance scams are in the inbox, FTC says

Valentine’s Day means red roses and candlelight dinners for some, but lonely hearts are increasingly falling prey to online dating and romance scams robbing them of millions of dollars as well as...

Neil Averitt commentary: Grim diagnosis for hospital list prices

One of the frustrations of legal practice is encountering situations that are clearly wrong. High on this list is the problem of hospitals that announce very high, unrealistic “list” prices, which...

Qualcomm-FTC trial wraps, and the wait for a ruling begins

FTC shouldn’t use USDA as model for competition rulemaking