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Microsoft Adds New Privacy Features to Internet Explorer

Microsoft (MSFT) is adding extra privacy controls to Internet Explorer to limit the amount of information that users disclose while surfing the Web. The new Microsoft feature will allow users to create a list of sites that they want to block from tracking them, The Associated Press said.

Google Data-Collection Probe Dropped by Regulators

A Federal Trade Commission probe into Google's practices related to data collection from its Street View cars has been dropped after the world's largest search-engine operator made changes to safeguard consumer privacy.

FTC Proposes Tighter Standards for 'Green' Products

Companies that claim to be environmentally friendly or say their products have certain so-called "green" benefits may face more stringent requirements as far as showing proof of such claims, the Federal Trade Commission said today.

Google's Street View Banned in Czech Republic

Google's controversial Street View service, which has raised privacy concerns in countries around the world, got the heave-ho from the Czech Republic Tuesday after failing to file for the proper registration to operate in that country.

Losses Mount at Debt Settlement Firms

It's the biggest consumer harm issue you've never heard of: Next month, new regulations will put an end to a nasty form of debt settlement scam, but consumers are already beginning to report the loss of thousands of dollars from supposed escrow accounts that had been set up to pay their bills.

Top 10 Job Scams That Target the Unemployed

Looking for some extra income fast? With unemployment at 9.6%, rarely has there been a riper time for con artists to come out of the woodwork with promises of "easy ways to make money", "quick money", and "how to earn money fast." Here are the Top 10 job scams you should know about.

Legal Briefing: Yes, Citigroup's Settlement Was for Fraud

Although the coverage of Citigroup's $75 million settlement with the SEC didn't use the word "fraud" -- the bank only admitted to "misleading investors" -- Citi did indeed settle fraud charges. But that admission won't be much help to investors in their own their fraud cases against it.

Legal Briefing: Dell Nears Deal With SEC

Dell has reportedly proposed a settlement to the Securities and Exchange Commission that the SEC staff likes and will recommend the commissioners accept. At issue is how Dell did its accounting on deals with Intel. Dell has already been forced to restate four years of manipulated earnings.

Legal Briefing: Intel Offers Deal to FTC

Intel has been sued a few times for monopolistic behavior in the chip market, but the current Federal Trade Commission case is different from the others. The FTC isn't seeking monetary damages or penalties: It wants Intel to change how it does business.