Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is reported to be close to settling its long-standing face off with the US Federal Trade Commission on the probe relating to its Web search business and its anti-trust ramifications. The FTC may close the investigation as early as this week following Google’s consent to amend its search practices including limiting the use of restaurant and travel reviews from other websites and the porting of search ad campaigns to competing search engines. In a parallel investigation, Google may agree to fairly license its patents to competitors such as done by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) some time ago.
Dunkin Donuts (NASDAQ:DNKN) is fighting litigation filed against it that alleges racial discrimination in the allocation of franchisee stores with African-American and Indian franchisees being steered to undesirable locations because of their race. Dunkin Donuts contends that the suits are not maintainable as they are time-barred and also because the plaintiffs signed off on agreements releasing the restaurant chain from future claims.
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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announces its exclusive content licensing agreements with Turner Broadcasting System Inc and Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution (NYSE:TWX) to include the epic TNT series Falling Skies and the Warner Bros television produced TNT series The Closer in its Prime Instant Video catalogue. Prime members are now eligible to access these titles without paying additional charges.“Falling Skies and The Closer are some of Turner’s most-watched and highly talked about series and we’re happy to offer them exclusively for Prime members to enjoy. Amazon Prime just got even better, ” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon.