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  • Buying Used: Hot to choose a preowned vehicle that will provide years of loyal service.

    Prices on used vehicles have climbed due to reduced new vehicle sales the past several years, a drop in leasing and fewer trade-ins. Prices on fuel-efficient models have increased with particular speed, with values up 20 percent from January to May 2011,...
  • Automatically read the fine print on your contracts, or you could automatically renew terms you don't like

     
    The Watchdog has reminded you countless times about the need to read the fine print on all of your paperwork so you know what you're getting into, and how you can get out when you need to. Too many people......
  • Competition not a concern in merger between Comcast, TWC

    When Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced plans to combine operations, antitrust lifers like me could hardly believe what we were hearing. Such a megadeal would surely hurt consumers and weaken markets for Internet service and TV. Having previously...
  • Payday loan case showcases brutal interest rates in an industry under fire

    Tiffany Kelker was stuck. In January 2011, finding herself in need of some financial assistance after the holidays, she had taken out a $600 "payday loan" from an online lending business that advertised fast cash. In the ensuing months, however, the...
  • Consumer, Environmental Groups Call for MPG Regulation in Car Ads

     
    Ever get annoyed when car ads hype pie-in-the-sky mpg figures? Well, you aren't alone. Advertisements are notorious for shilling highway-only mpg, sometimes for specific trims that aren't widely available. Witness a Mazda commercial from 2012 that...
  • FTC files suit against Amazon over accidental in-app purchases

    For most parents, seeing a random $358 charge on their credit card bill would elicit a lot of questions. But for the parents of the 71% of children who play mobile games such as Angry Birds or Temple Run, those seemingly random charges are becoming more...
  • US sues Amazon for allowing unauthorized in-app purchases by kids

    SEATTLE The Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon on Thursday for allowing children to make purchases within mobile applications even though the company knew that kids were doing so without parental permission. The suit, filed in federal court in Seattle,...
  • Troy Wolverton: Facebook changes tracking practices � again

    Facebook users beware: The company has yet again unilaterally changed its mind about its data collection practices. As users should know, that's not a good thing for their privacy. Earlier this month, the dominant social network announced that it's...
  • Kevin Hunt: The Remorseful Buyer: Contracts You Can Cancel Within 3 Days

    Kevin Hunt: The Remorseful Buyer: Contracts You Can Cancel Within 3 Days
    Once you sign a contract, there's no clean way out — unless that contract is covered by a state or federal "cooling off" rule that allows consumers to cancel within three days. What's covered by the cooling-off rule follows no apparent logic or...
  • Facebook experiment becomes a debate over power and consent

    Facebook experiment becomes a debate over power and consent
    When Facebook performed an experiment to see if it could secretly affect users' emotions, were you really surprised? Academics were galled, knowing they would need explicit permission from research subjects and strict ethical oversight to perform such...
  • Facebook experiment illustrates need for online users' bill of rights

    The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday, July 2: Creepy doesn't begin to describe Facebook's 2012 psychological experiment on 700,000 of its unwitting users. Any attempt to manipulate the emotional state of...