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  1. Google's Eric Schmidt Disputes Anti-Trust Accusations Before U.S. Senate

    September 22, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Google Inc.'s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt sparred with senators Wednesday during a hearing that repeatedly cast the Internet search leader as a greedy monopolist more driven to expand its empire than to steer Web surfers to the most helpf ...

  2. Internet Privacy Controls Challenges Tech Industry, Marketers

    July 27, 2011 5:43 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way to prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web - or face regulation. Yet for all its inno ...

  3. Twitter Being Investigated by FTC: Report

    July 01, 2011 2:15 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the interactions between Twitter and a company called Ubermedia, which develops applications that help users follow and communicate with each other on Twitter's popular online messaging se ...

  4. Google Unveils Google+ Social Networking Platform

    June 29, 2011 7:35 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Online search leader Google Inc. is taking yet another stab at social networking, as it tries to go up against Facebook in this wildly popular and lucrative segment of the Internet. This time the project is called Google+ and it ai ...

  5. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  6. Business Matters: Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices

    April 19, 2011 8:02 AM EDT Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices -- Ticketmaster has partnered with analytics company MarketShare to create tools that will allow clients to set and adjust prices for live events. The press release says the tools "will allow sports teams, art ...

  7. Senate Considering Bill on Consumer Privacy Rights For Internet

    April 13, 2011 7:37 AM EDT A new Senate bill introduced Tuesday would establish a "privacy bill of rights" to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data, including personal data amassed on the Internet and then mined to target online advertising. Th ...

  8. Google Could Be Target of FTC Antitrust Probe: Report

    April 05, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc's dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an i ...

  9. Google Chrome, Firefox Browsers To Offer 'Do Not Track' Consumer Privacy Tools

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Firefox and Google Chrome browsers are getting tools to help users block advertisers from collecting information about them. Alex Fowler, a technology and privacy officer for Firefox maker Mozilla, said the "Do Not Track" tool will b ...

  10. Poll: Public Supports 'Do Not Track' Measure

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A "Do Not Track" measure, an idea recently floated by the Federal Trade Commission, has broad public support, a USA Today/Gallup poll found. Of those surveyed, 30 percent responded that advertisers should not be allowed to match ads to s ...

  11. Internet Ad Apocalypse? FTC Considering Do Not Track Online Option

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Trade Commission wants to take out the mashers and grifters it sees lurking in online ads, but in the process it might slaughter that business in its crib. Evoking the Do Not Call telemarketing program, the FTC's Do Not Track conc ...

  12. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  13. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  14. Report: DOJ Investigating Apple's Digital Music Tactics

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust inquiry into Apple practices in the digital music market, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). The early-stage conversations "have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling ...

  15. FTC Approves Google's AdMob Buy

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has approved Google’s acquisition of the mobile ad network AdMob, despite concerns over what the group termed “serious antitrust issues.” Google agreed to buy AdMob last November for $750 million. But the deal was imme ...

  16. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook’s Privacy Problems Affect Music Discovery and Recommendation

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There’s not an update or change that Facebook has made to either the tools available to users—or the terms of service they must agree to—that hasn’t gotten one group or another bent out of shape. But the most recent and ongoing dust-up over its pr ...

  17. Live Nation Gets Nod of Approval From Investors

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation's stock is up 7.4% in the last five trading days, and rose 3.2% on Wednesday. The Nasdaq has gained just 1.64% in the last five trading days, while the S&P 500 is up 0.9%. Investors reacted positively to news on Wednesday that ...

  18. U.S. Indicts Four In Concert Tickets Scheme

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four people were indicted for illegally buying and then reselling tickets to sought-after shows like Bruce Springsteen, Hannah Montana and Bon Jovi concerts as well as top Broadway shows and baseball games, the Justice Department said on Monday. T ...

  19. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Joel Tenenbaum, TuneCore

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- An important aspect of Ticketmaster ’s settlement with ...

  20. Report: Ticketmaster, FTC To Announce Settlement

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster, now part of Live Nation Entertainment, and regulators will announce a settlement on Thursday over complaints about the company's handling of ticket sales for a Bruce Springsteen concert, according to people familiar with the mat ...

  21. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  22. Op-Ed: One Cheer For Antitrust

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Jan. 25, after 11 months of waiting, Ticketmaster and Live Nation received the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice to consummate their merger to form Live Nation Entertainment. At first blush it looked like a merger that the DOJ would bl ...

  23. Analysis: Events To Watch In Early 2010

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST The year will get off to a fast start as early 2010 will contain important events for numerous segments of the music industry. In retail, the holiday performance of Trans World will show whether or not the company has started to turn a corner. In ...

  24. New Site Launched Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Members of Congress, public interest advocates and ticket brokers have teamed up to launch a new Web site that aims to inform the public about the possible impact of the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The site, ticketdisaste ...

  25. Business Matters: EMI, Comcast, John Taylor, Wolfgang's Vault

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- More on EMI 's debt with Citi : The Financial Times reports Terra Firma has written down its investment in EMI by 90%. "Mr Hands want ...

  26. Briefs: Terra Firma, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Terra Firma investors have approved a £300 million ($495 million) equity injection into EMI . The injection may be part of a larger refinancing move, still months away, that would repay some of the debt owed to Citigroup. "Citi, which face ...

  27. Briefs: Ticketmaster, Obama, Bopaboo, Spotify

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Time magazine took a good look at the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger , what a former FTC assistant director called "the first test case in the Obama Administration." Luke Froeb of Vanderbilt University explained how the merg ...

  28. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Passalong, WMG

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger was sharply criticized in a report by the American Antitrust Institute, a not-for-profit advocacy group. The report was written by a retiree of the Federal Trade Commission. An excerpt: "If the ...

  29. Sen. Schumer Unveils Ticketing Legislation

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the backdrop of this morning's second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans' chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticke ...

  30. TicketsNow Required To Turn Over Client Info

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the ongoing governmental scrutiny of the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger, and in particular snafus regarding the on-sales of Bruce Springsteen shows in New Jersey and linking from Ticketmaster to the TM secondary site Ticke ...

  31. Digital Briefs: Amazon, Obama, Republic Project

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST - While it still trails Apple in market share, Amazon's digital music store is outpacing iTunes in customer preference, according to a recent Strategy Analytics report . Of the broadband Internet users surveyed, 26% reported they preferred Am ...

  32. Senate Spotlight On Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on the proposed merger between live entertainment giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment is set for Tuesday (Feb. 24). The subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights ...

  33. Commentary: What U.S. Regulators See When They Look At 'Ticketmaster Nation'

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Soon after the boards of Ticketmaster and Live Nation approved a merger, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into what that would mean. No wonder: The combined company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, would be a ticketin ...

  34. Antitrust Woes Could Dog Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST A proposed merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. is expected to be announced within days, but antitrust concerns could delay its completion. Board members for at least one of the companies ...

  35. US Sues Sony Music Over Children's Online Privacy

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites f ...

  36. UMG Completes Univision Acquisition

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After an extraordinary seven-year run, Univision Music Group has been acquired in full by Universal Music Group. The final acquisition, announced today following the Federal Trade Commission's approval of the deal, makes UMG the largest Latin ...

  37. Rep. Broun Blasts Proposed Sirius/XM Merger

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.), member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Science & Technology Committee, sent a letter on Friday (Dec. 21) to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, FTC chairman Deborah Platt Majoras and ...

  38. Report: Minimum Advertised Pricing Gets Court OK

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a ruling that will be music to the ears of traditional CD retailers, the Supreme Court reportedly struck down an antitrust rule that now makes it possible for manufacturers and distributors to set minimum retail prices. The decision will give p ...

  39. BurnLounge Alters Business Model

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Embattled digital music provider BurnLounge unveiled changes to its business model in an effort to stave off legal action. The company will eliminate the "network marketing" element of its business, meaning members will no longer get rew ...

  40. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Keep a close eye on this MusicStation subscription mobile music service that launched this week in Sweden. What a concept... for an extra $4 a month to your phone bill, you can download an unlimited amount of music to the mobile phones. S ...

  41. FTC Wants Burnlounge Shut Down

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court to shut down digital music service provider BurnLounge , saying the company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme. BurnLounge allows music fans to set up their own digital music services, whi ...

  42. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  43. NARM Coverage: New Laws Threaten Used CD Market

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New legislation aimed at curbing the sale of stolen goods could threaten the growing used CD marketplace in a number of states. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers outside counsel, John Mitchell, an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based I ...

  44. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  45. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  46. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  47. Norton LLC Acquires Tower.com

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT $3.8 million deal made during auction. Entrepreneur Bill Sagan and his Wolfgang’s Vault Web site, operating under the name Norton LLC, will acquire the Tower.com online store and other assets from the retailer. A Chapter 11 auction recently liquid ...

  48. Netflix Settlement OK'd

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company to offer a free month to 5.5 million subs. A judge has approved a class-action settlement requiring Netflix Inc. to offer a free month of DVDs to 5.5 million current and former subscribers, resolving a case that prompted the online rental ...

  49. XM Gets FCC, FTC Queries; Reports Q1

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ends Q1 with 6.5 million subscribers. XM president/CEO Hugh Panero didn’t seem fazed by the inquiry letters he received from two federal agencies, the FTC and the FCC, except to lament that the letters came just before his quarterly earnings confe ...

  50. Judge Issues Injunction To Block Mich. Videogame Law

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Nov. 9 stopping a Michigan law that bars retailers from selling or renting violent videogames to minors from going into effect until a lawsuit filed by DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge issued a prelim ...

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