Monthly Archives: October 2009

Privacy.net sues Microsoft, Cisco, Comcast and TRUSTe

The owner of Privacy.net and Network-Tools.com, Russ Smith, has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, Cisco, Comcast and TRUSTe. The lawsuit claims that Comcast, Microsoft, and Cisco collected information about Smith’s IP addresses and either put them on a “blacklist” or gave them a poor “Reputation Score.”  Comcast even blocked his communication link with a mail

Wal-Mart, Amazon and Target have predatory book pricing

The American Booksellers Association asked the Justice Department’s antitrust division to investigate “predatory” pricing of books sold by Amazon.com Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. “We ask that the Department of Justice investigate practices by Amazon.com, Walmart and Target that we believe constitute illegal predatory pricing that is damaging to the book industry and

After eight years the MSHA will actually do something…

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Joe Main—by unanimous consent—as the new leader of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA.Main is a longtime advocate for safety and health in the mining industry. He worked 22 years as director of Occupational Health and Safety for the Mine Workers UMWA. That’s a huge change from the

As if Nestle wasn’t doing enough wrong in the world

Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, is determined to stop the union representing workers at its Indonesian Nescafé factory from negotiating a collective agreement which includes wages. Nestlé has claimed that wages are a “commercial secret”, harassed union members and leaders, and created a fake union to weaken the IUF’s SBNIP. Indonesian Nescafé workers have

The Modern Consumer Apocalypse

We can’t, however, only blame the quantity and quality of Chinese goods for the environmental and other consequences of this transoceanic factory-to-waste stream. For that we can blame the two horsemen of the modern consumer apocalypse: functional obsolescence and fashion obsolescence. Functional, or planned obsolescence is the purposeful decision by designers and manufacturers to ensure

California Sues State Street Bank for $200 Million

California’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, said Tuesday that he was suing State Street, the large Boston-based bank, accusing it of committing “unconscionable fraud” against the state’s two largest employee pension funds, Calpers and Calstrs. Mr. Brown said he was seeing to recover more than $200 million in overcharges and penalties. Mr. Brown said that State

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