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FTC, States Sue Google and iHeartMedia for Deceptive Ads Promoting the Pixel 4 Smartphone

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The proposed FTC orders and the state judgments settling the allegations bar Google and iHeartMedia from similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments also require them to pay $9.4 million in penalties.

Key Points: 
  • The proposed FTC orders and the state judgments settling the allegations bar Google and iHeartMedia from similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments also require them to pay $9.4 million in penalties.
  • Google and iHeartMedia paid influencers to promote products they never used, showing a blatant disrespect for truth-in-advertising rules, said Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine.
  • The FTC will not stop working with our partners in the states to crack down on deceptive ads and ensure firms that break the rules pay a price.
  • Consumers expect radio advertisements to be truthful and transparent about products, not misleading with fake endorsements, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
  • Todays settlement holds Google and iHeart accountable for this deceptive ad campaign and ensures compliance with state and federal law moving forward.
  • According to the FTC, in 2019, Google hired iHeartMedia and 11 other radio networks in ten major markets to have on-air personalities record and broadcast endorsements of the Pixel 4 phone.
  • Enforcement Action
    The proposed orders settling the FTCs charges are designed to address the Google and iHeartMedias allegedly illegal conduct.
  • Learn more about consumer topics at consumer.ftc.gov, or report fraud, scams, and bad business practices at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

FTC, States Sue Google and iHeartMedia for Deceptive Ads Promoting the Pixel 4 Smartphone

Retrieved on: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The proposed FTC orders and the state judgments settling the allegations bar Google and iHeartMedia from similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments also require them to pay $9.4 million in penalties.

Key Points: 
  • The proposed FTC orders and the state judgments settling the allegations bar Google and iHeartMedia from similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments also require them to pay $9.4 million in penalties.
  • Google and iHeartMedia paid influencers to promote products they never used, showing a blatant disrespect for truth-in-advertising rules, said Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine.
  • The FTC will not stop working with our partners in the states to crack down on deceptive ads and ensure firms that break the rules pay a price.
  • Consumers expect radio advertisements to be truthful and transparent about products, not misleading with fake endorsements, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
  • Todays settlement holds Google and iHeart accountable for this deceptive ad campaign and ensures compliance with state and federal law moving forward.
  • According to the FTC, in 2019, Google hired iHeartMedia and 11 other radio networks in ten major markets to have on-air personalities record and broadcast endorsements of the Pixel 4 phone.
  • Enforcement Action
    The proposed orders settling the FTCs charges are designed to address the Google and iHeartMedias allegedly illegal conduct.
  • Learn more about consumer topics at consumer.ftc.gov, or report fraud, scams, and bad business practices at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Spilling the beans: The anatomy of a diet craze

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The complaint recounts how defendant Duncan fueled a diet craze.

Key Points: 
  • The complaint recounts how defendant Duncan fueled a diet craze.
  • The only thing missing, according to the FTC, was proof the product actually worked.
  • As the complaint recounts, a Dr. Oz producer contacted Texas-based Lindsey Duncan, who had been on the show before, about an appearance to talk about green coffee bean extract.
  • The lawsuit alleges that up to that point, Duncan had no familiarity with the ingredient.
  • But that didnt stop a senior member of the defendants PR team from responding, Dr. Lindsey does have knowledge of the Green Coffee Bean.
  • Later that day, the defendants contacted a manufacturer and placed their first order for the stuff.
  • The FTC says the defendants used the time before the shows taping to get their marketing ducks in a row.
  • After the show aired, Duncan used his Dr. Oz appearance to fuel the green coffee bean extract craze.
  • The court order also requires them to substantiate future weight loss claims with at least two well-controlled human clinical tests.
  • For other claims about the health benefits and efficacy of any dietary supplement or drug, theyll need competent and reliable scientific evidence.

FTC, Seven States Sue Google and iHeartMedia for Deceptive Ads Promoting the Pixel 4 Smartphone

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Monday, November 28, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission and seven state attorneys general sued Google LLC and iHeartMedia, Inc. today for airing nearly 29,000 deceptive endorsements by radio personalities promoting their use of and experience with Googles Pixel 4 phone in 2019 and 2020.

Key Points: 
  • The Federal Trade Commission and seven state attorneys general sued Google LLC and iHeartMedia, Inc. today for airing nearly 29,000 deceptive endorsements by radio personalities promoting their use of and experience with Googles Pixel 4 phone in 2019 and 2020.
  • Todays proposed FTC orders and the state judgments settling the allegations bar Google and iHeartMedia from similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments also require them to pay $9.4 million in penalties.
  • Google and iHeartMedia paid influencers to promote products they never used, showing a blatant disrespect for truth-in-advertising rules, said Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine.
  • The FTC will not stop working with our partners in the states to crack down on deceptive ads and ensure firms that break the rules pay a price.
  • Consumers expect radio advertisements to be truthful and transparent about products, not misleading with fake endorsements, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
  • Todays settlement holds Google and iHeart accountable for this deceptive ad campaign and ensures compliance with state and federal law moving forward.
  • According to the FTC, in 2019, Google hired iHeartMedia and 11 other radio networks in ten major markets to have on-air personalities record and broadcast endorsements of the Pixel 4 phone.
  • Enforcement Action
    The proposed orders settling the FTCs charges are designed to address the Google and iHeartMedias allegedly illegal conduct.

FTC, Seven States Sue Google and iHeartMedia for Deceptive Ads Promoting the Pixel 4 Smartphone

Retrieved on: 
Monday, November 28, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission and seven state attorneys general sued Google LLC and iHeartMedia, Inc. today for airing nearly 29,000 deceptive endorsements by radio personalities promoting their use of and experience with Googles Pixel 4 phone in 2019 and 2020.

Key Points: 
  • The Federal Trade Commission and seven state attorneys general sued Google LLC and iHeartMedia, Inc. today for airing nearly 29,000 deceptive endorsements by radio personalities promoting their use of and experience with Googles Pixel 4 phone in 2019 and 2020.
  • Todays proposed FTC orders and the state judgments settling the allegations bar Google and iHeartMedia from similar misrepresentations, and the state judgments also require them to pay $9.4 million in penalties.
  • Google and iHeartMedia paid influencers to promote products they never used, showing a blatant disrespect for truth-in-advertising rules, said Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine.
  • The FTC will not stop working with our partners in the states to crack down on deceptive ads and ensure firms that break the rules pay a price.
  • Consumers expect radio advertisements to be truthful and transparent about products, not misleading with fake endorsements, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
  • Todays settlement holds Google and iHeart accountable for this deceptive ad campaign and ensures compliance with state and federal law moving forward.
  • According to the FTC, in 2019, Google hired iHeartMedia and 11 other radio networks in ten major markets to have on-air personalities record and broadcast endorsements of the Pixel 4 phone.
  • Enforcement Action
    The proposed orders settling the FTCs charges are designed to address the Google and iHeartMedias allegedly illegal conduct.

Highlights - PEGA: Hearing on 'Trade in zero-day vulnerabilities' - Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

PEGA: Hearing on 'Trade in zero-day vulnerabilities'

Key Points: 
  • PEGA: Hearing on 'Trade in zero-day vulnerabilities'
    On 24 November 2022 PEGA Committee held a hearing on 'Trade in zero-day vulnerabilities'.
  • This hearing explored the trade in vulnerabilities that often escape the light of day.
  • This trade is part of the foundation for the spyware industry.
  • The hearing in particular covered effects of this trade often taking place in hiding, against untraceable payments and to groups that are linked to cyber criminality.

Hybrid Reborn: 2023 Toyota Prius Revealed

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

The all-new 2023 Toyota Prius is equipped with the tools to make life more convenient thanks to the available 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota's Texas-based Connected Technologies team.

Key Points: 
  • The all-new 2023 Toyota Prius is equipped with the tools to make life more convenient thanks to the available 12.3-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota's Texas-based Connected Technologies team.
  • With further connectivity, the Prius has an available Wi-Fi Connect 1-month trial that offers 4G connectivity for up to five devices turning the Prius into an AT&T Hotspot.
  • For 2023, Prius will come standard with the latest Toyota Safety Sense generation, TSS 3.0.
  • This suite of safety features includes:
    Proactive Driving Assist is new to Prius and the Toyota Safety Sense package.

Delta's Ed Bastian and MediaLink's Michael Kassan to Keynote at CES 2023

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® today announced its CES® 2023 C Space keynote conversation, featuring Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and MediaLink founder and CEO Michael E. Kassan. The keynote, "Building Connection & Community in a Non-Stop World," will explore how successful consumer brands are combining technology with ingenuity to engage dedicated followers and create superfans.

Key Points: 
  • NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced its CES 2023 C Space keynote conversation, featuring Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and MediaLink founder and CEO Michael E. Kassan.
  • CTA announced its CES 2023 C Space keynote conversation features Delta CEO Ed Bastian and MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan.
  • "We're thrilled to welcome Ed and Michael back to the keynote stage to share their perspectives."
  • Bastian is a familiar face at CES, having delivered the first keynote remarks by an airline executive at CES 2020.