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  • Comcast-TWC Merger Raises Consumer Concerns - 27 February 2014
  • Comcast's $45 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable has raised a host of objections from various consumer and social action groups, with the main concern being that the merging of the two companies would dominate the cable television and broadband industry, edging out competition and leaving consumers with fewer choices. The combined company would have up to 33 million cable subscribers and close to that number of broadband users, a scenario which could give it the power it needs to influence networks with regard to licensing fees, as well has being able to set market rates on its products and services.

  • Google's Buyout of Nest Raises Privacy Concerns - 16 January 2014
  • Google's announcement that it's buying Nest Labs for the amount of $3.2 billion has raised a number of concerns, particularly regarding privacy within one's own home. Described as the 'next generation thermostat', the Nest Thermostat claims to reduce a household's heating and cooling bills by up to 20%, and it does this by learning the schedule of the household and adjusting accordingly. It can also be controlled from a phone. Many consumers are concerned that unhindered access to Nest Thermostats will allow Google to gather even more information about internet users, to use or share to its own advantage. Co-founder of Nest, Matt Rogers has assured consumers that the company's privacy policy limits the use of customer information to improving the products and services of Nest, going on to say that this policy will not change and Nest will remain an independent brand.

  • Learning Life Skills with the Stock Market Game™ - 18 August 2011
  • As the only stock market simulation program endorsed by the New York Stock Exchange, the Stock Market Game ™ is an education tool aimed at teaching essential life skills such as decision making, critical thinking, independent research, cooperation, communication, saving and investing, with the latter being especially appropriate in the current economic climate. Launched in 1977 the program has been used in thousands of classrooms across the United States, not only to encourage the life-skills already mentioned, but also to add an exciting dimension to other critical academic subjects such as social studies, mathematics and language arts. It is estimated that more than ten million students have played the Stock Market Game ™ since its inception.

  • CenturyLink & Qwest: Creating a Telecom Giant - 17 March 2011
  • Regulators in Washington State have given the nod to the acquisition of Qwest Communications by CenturyLink – two of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CTL) and a member of the S&P500 index, CenturyLink is set to become the third-largest telecommunications company in the country upon the successful conclusion of the buyout – AT&T being the largest, followed by Verizon.

  • Comcast/NBC Merger Raises Media Dominance Concerns - 3 February 2011
  • Comcast Corporation, the largest home internet service provider and cable operator in the United States, has completed its merger with American television network NBC, in a deal that has raised concerns regarding the level of control the now $30 billion media giant will have over information delivered to the public. Comcast now holds a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal, with General Electric holding a 49 percent stake, putting Comcast in the position of controlling more telecommunications lines and Internet connections than any other service provider in the country. Included in the assets of Comcast will be the NBC broadcast network, a number of cable channels, more than twenty local NBC and Telemundo stations, online video portals, movie studios and the network that delivers media content to millions of Americans through cable and internet connections. In order to overcome the possible threat to "the development of innovative online video distribution services", as noted by the FCC, a range of stipulations and conditions are included in the deal, many of which are only for a set period of time.

  • Google’s Chrome Aims for Share of Internet Browser Market - 3 September 2008
  • Google’s stock responded positively to the announcement by the company that it is launching its own web browser. The new browser, called Chrome, will compete against Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox and arch-rival Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The news of the launch follows hot on the heels of the release of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 and is seen as a challenge to Microsoft’s long-held dominance of the market. Microsoft controls an estimated 70 percent of the browser market at present and Google’s new software opens up a whole new aspect of the ongoing Google versus Microsoft saga.

  • Google-Yahoo Agreement Bitter Pill for Microsoft - 17 July 2008
  • Is Microsoft’s failed Yahoo takeover bid behind its argument that the Google-Yahoo agreement may be violating antitrust laws? Many analysts believe that this is the case. However, does this mean that Microsoft’s viewpoint is invalid? These are some of the questions being raised in the whole Microsoft-Google-Yahoo scenario which is dominating the news at present and which has been escalated to the Senate.

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