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Post Tech: May, 2011

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 05/10/2011

The Circuit: Microsoft and Skype, mobile privacy, Google’s cloud music locker

Microsoft reportedly completes deal to acquire Skype.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 05/09/2011

The Circuit: Privacy, merger hearings this week; kids’ mobile privacy; Google, Skyhook suit

The Circuit: Privacy, merger hearings this week; teens’ mobile privacy; Google, Skyhook suit.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:56 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, FCC, Privacy, FTC, DOJ, Google

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 05/06/2011

The Circuit: Sony apologizes, Do Not Track for kids, Mozilla questions the DHS

The Circuit: Sony apologizes, Do Not Track for kids, Mozilla questions the DHS

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 05/05/2011

The Circuit: Net neutrality; Skype’s rumored joint venture talks; Apple, Google, Intel sued over pay

The Circuit: Net neutrality hearing; Skype in rumored joint venture talks; Apple, Google, Intel sued for pay fixing.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Skype, Facebook, Google, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Yahoo

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/04/2011

The Circuit: Data breach hearing; Google, Time Warner oppose Calif. law; Applied Materials to buy Varian Semiconductor

The Circuit: Data breach hearing; Google, Time Warner oppose Calif. law; Applied Materials to buy Varian Semiconductor

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, FTC, Apple, Tablets, Google

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 05/03/2011

The Circuit: Google Korea offices raided, Twitter said to acquire TweetDeck, Sony’s 2nd breach

The Circuit: Google’s Korea offices raided, Twitter said to acquire TweetDeck, Sony reveals second breach

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:39 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, privacy, Twitter, Security, FCC, AT&T

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 05/02/2011

The Circuit: Bin Laden’s death broke on Twitter, Dish settles with TiVo, Sony apologizes

The Circuit: Osama bin Laden’s death broke on Twitter, DISH settles with TiVo, Sony apologizes.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/29/2011

The Circuit: Amazon apologizes for outage, Samsung files U.S. Apple suit, Microsoft earnings

The Circuit: Amazon apologizes for outage, Samsung files U.S. Apple suit, Microsoft earnings

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amazon, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, RIM, Mobile

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/28/2011

The Circuit: Sony sued over breach, Apple may have bought iCloud.com, eBay earnings

The Circuit: Sony sued over breach, Apple may have bought iCloud.com, eBay earnings.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:01 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, Security, Apple, Online shopping, Mobile

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 04/27/2011

The Circuit: Nokia layoffs, government trimming data centers, Amazon reports earnings

The Circuit: Nokia layoffs, government trimming data centers, Amazon reports earnings.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:48 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nokia, Microsoft, Amazon, Security

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 04/26/2011

The Circuit: Facebook Deals, Republicans question cellphone tracking, YouTube streaming movies

The Circuit: Facebook Deals, Republicans question cellphone tracking, YouTube streaming movies.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:35 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Privacy, Apple, Google, Online Video, Netflix, Tablets

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/25/2011

The Circuit: Apple under fire over iPhone, Netflix earnings, Google mobile search

The Circuit: Apple under fire over iPhone, Netflix to announce earnings, Google focuses on mobile search.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Google, privacy, social media, online video

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 04/22/2011

The Circuit: iPhone data; AT&T, T-Mobile file with FCC; Samsung fires back at Apple

The Circuit: iPhone data; AT&T, T-Mobile file with FCC; Samsung fires back at Apple.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:25 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Apple, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, DOJ

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/21/2011

The Circuit: Tech firms lead stock climb, Apple earnings up, iPhone tracking draws scrutiny

The Circuit: Tech companies lead stock climb, Apple earnings up, iPhone tracking.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Microsoft, FCC, Privacy, Tablets

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

The Circuit: Obama at Facebook HQ; WikiLeaks suspect leaving Quantico; Intel, Yahoo earnings

The Circuit: President Obama at Facebook HQ; WikiLeaks suspect leaving Quantico; Intel, Yahoo report good earnings

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Wikileaks, Intel, Yahoo, Apple, Mobile, Privacy

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/19/2011

The Circuit: Apple and Samsung, Seagate and Samsung, Yahoo keeping search queries

The Circuit: Apple and Samsung, Seagate and Samsung, Yahoo keeping search queries.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, IP, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Social Media

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/18/2011

The Circuit: House Oversight to Calif., Huawei earnings, Facebook town hall

House Oversight heads to California, Huawei earnings are up, Obama holding Facebook town hall.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/15/2011

The Circuit: Google earnings, Groupon IPO, patent reform passes House Judiciary

The Circuit: Google earnings, Groupon IPO, patent reform passes House Judiciary.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/14/2011

The Circuit: Patent reform, cuts to Web freedom funds, Twitter’s lost founder

Patent reform markup, State Department makes cuts to Internet freedom funds, Twitter’s lost founder.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, DOJ, Twitter, International, IP

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/13/2011

The Circuit: Nokia job cuts expected, debit card fees, online privacy bill

The Circuit: Nokia job cuts expected, debit card fees, online privacy bill

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Kids Online, Privacy, International

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011

The Circuit: Kerry/McCain privacy bill, spectrum hearing, Bing grabs 30% of searches

Kerry/McCain privacy bill, spectrum hearing, Bing grabs 30 percent of searches.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/11/2011

The Circuit: Facebook, Baidu strike a deal; Steve Jobs bio in 2012; Google acquisitions

Facebook, Baidu strike a deal; Steve Jobs bio in 2012; Google acquisitions.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, International, Apple, Google, Online Music, Antitrust, Tablets, Net Neutrality

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/08/2011

The Circuit: Google reorganizes, net neutrality vote rescheduled, SEC may ease investor rules

Google reorganizes, net neutrality vote rescheduled, SEC may ease investor rules.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Antitrust, DOJ, Net Neutrality, FCC, SEC, Facebook

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/07/2011

The Circuit: Net neutrality, FCC votes on data roaming, Google faces new regulations

The Circuit: Net neutrality, FCC votes on data roaming, Google faces new regulations.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Net Neutrality, FCC, Google, Facebook, Mobile

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/05/2011

The Circuit: Nasdaq rebalance, TI to buy National Semiconductor, Google may face FTC antitrust probe

The Circuit: Nasdaq rebalance, TI to buy National Semiconductor, Google may face FTC antitrust probe

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Apple, FTC, FCC, Antitrust, Online video

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/04/2011

The Circuit: Massive data leak exposes customer information, Calif. do-not-track bill, Verizon 911 calls

The Circuit: Massive data leak exposes customer information, Calif. Do Not Track bill, Verizon 911 calls.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, FTC, FCC, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Antitrust, AOL

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 04/01/2011

The Circuit: Amazon mobile payments; Time Warner pulls iPad content; Google, China and taxes

Amazon mobile payments; Time Warner pulls iPad content; Google, China and taxes.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:37 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amazon, Online Video, Broadband, International

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 03/31/2011

The Circuit: Microsoft raises Google antitrust concerns, Amazon negotiates music rights, Acer CEO steps down

Leading the day Microsoft will file a complaint with the European Commission as part of its antitrust investigation into Google.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:28 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Media companies say e-reader application Zite takes content without permission

Nearly a dozen media companies including The Washington Post, Dow Jones and the Associated Press sent a cease-and-desist letter to e-reader application Zite on Wednesday, saying the company’s practice of reusing and aggregating their content infringes their copyrights.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:25 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Google settles privacy complaint with FTC over Buzz social networking launch

The settlement requires Google to adopt a comprehensive privacy program and to submit to an independent privacy audit every two years for the next two decades. This is the first time the FTC has required a company to implement such a program.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:03 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Analysts: AT&T, T-Mobile could face long review

A call by lawmakers for a careful and close review of the proposed acquisition is really more code language for a protracted review, analysts say.

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:10 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Kansas City, Kan., wins Google’s fiber network

Google announced today that Kansas City, Kan., won its contest to put a 1 gigabit per second network in a U.S. city.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, broadband

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Google, FTC settle charges of privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission and Google have agreed to settle charges that it violated its own privacy promises to consumers when it launched its social network, Google Buzz

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:53 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/30/2011

The Circuit: Patent reform in the House, Amazon Cloud Player draws ire, BP loses spill victims’ personal data

House patent reform, Amazon Cloud Player draws ire, BP loses spill victims’ personal data, Microsoft preps NFC, Google’s new ads, Whitman joins KPCB.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IP, Amazon, Privacy, Microsoft, Google, Apple

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Netflix downgrades videos in Canada, cites Internet data caps

Netflix told its Canadian users this week that it will start reducing the quality of streaming videos to meet data caps set by Internet service providers

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 03/29/2011

N.Y. attorney general to investigate AT&T, T-Mobile merger

New York’s state attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile for potential anti-competitive harms that would affect consumers and businesses

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:06 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Tech firms hiring White House staffers

The Obama administration brought Facebook and Twitter to politics. And now it’s giving back, as staffers leave the White House and take key jobs at Silicon Valley firms.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:40 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 03/29/2011

The Circuit: Amazon launches cloud player, Nokia files another suit against Apple, Sina dumps Google

Amazon launches cloud player, Nokia files another suit against Apple, Sina dumps Google.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:38 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Apple, IP, Amazon, Twitter

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Sprint vows to fight AT&T/T-Mobile merger

Sprint made an official statement Monday voic

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:12 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, FCC, DOJ

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Q&A: Small inventors raise patent overhaul concerns

As the debate on a patent system overhaul moves to the the House this week, small inventors are raising concerns about two major shifts that a Senate bill proposes.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Facebook and Gibbs? Another key hire for company under fire

If Facebook were to hire Robert Gibbs, as reported by The New York Times, it would be the latest high-powered political hire the social networking giant has made as it finds itself under increased scrutiny in Washington

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/28/2011

eBay acquires GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion

Online auction site eBay announced it has agreed to buy the ecommerce and interactive marketing firm GSI Commerce in a $2.4 billion deal. The acquisition was financed with cash, and debt and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The Circuit: Google jumps into group messaging, Facebook wooing former press secretary, Apple may delay iOS 5 until fall

Google is jumping on the group messaging bandwagon. Over the weekend, the company introduced a group messaging program, Disco.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:24 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Facebook, Apple, Kids Online

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Color, new photo-sharing app, raises privacy concerns

The Color app’s total lack of privacy controls has raised more than a few eyebrows.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/25/2011

The Circuit: AT&T, T-Mobile pitch the FCC, Google may face state antitrust probes, India to ban .xxx

AT&T, T-Mobile pitch the FCC, Google may face state antitrust probes, India to ban .xxx.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Apple, FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile, International, Tablets, Mobile

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Draft of Kerry’s bill would grant FTC privacy rulemaking authority

Kerry draft would grant FTC privacy rulemaking authority.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:46 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/24/2011

The Circuit: Twitter may rehire Dorsey; more weigh in on merger; Apple AirPlay

The Circuit: Twitter may rehire Dorsey; more weigh in on merger; Apple AirPlay

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Twitter, AT&T, T-Mobile, Apple, Google, International, Facebook

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/23/2011

For telecoms, success rests in mobile Web access

For telecoms, success rests in mobile Web access

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Spectrum

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 03/23/2011

In pursuit of T-Mobile, AT&T has fierce lobbying clout

In pursuit of T-Mobile, AT&T has fierce lobbying clout

By Ian Shapira  |  01:51 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, Mobile, T-Mobile

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 03/23/2011

The Circuit: Judge rejects Google Books; Sprint blasts merger; Netflix stock soars, but site crashes

A judge rejected Google’s settlement with authors and publishers yesterday, setting the company back on its plans for Google Books.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:52 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/22/2011

The Circuit: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint at CTIA; more merger talk; Apple sues Amazon

All eyes in the telecom world will be trained on Orlando as CTIA’s annual conference kicks off.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  apple, microsoft, google, sprint, t-mobile, att, verizon, FCC

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Battle over AT&T, T-Mobile deal begins in Washington

Congress promised to take a “close look” at the $39 billion proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile and whether the union, which would create the nation’s largest cellphone company, would mean higher prices and less choice for consumers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:12 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Clearwire, Apple, DOJ, FCC

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/21/2011

The Circuit: AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile, Google says Gmail blocked in China, Facebook acquires app maker

AT&T announced Sunday afternoon that it plans to buy T-Mobile, which would lead to the merger of the second- and fourth-largest mobile networks in the country.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, DOJ, FCC, Google, International, Facebook

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Eric Schmidt closing in on top Commerce job?

The soon-to-be-former-CEO at Google is reportedly on the short list to be President Obama’s next Commerce Secretary.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:39 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Commerce

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 03/18/2011

IBM sued by SEC over alleged bribes in China, Korea

The SEC has alleged IBM bribed government officials in South Korea and China.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:24 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SEC

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Netflix goes up against networks, buys first rights to Kevin Spacey series

Netflix goes up against television networks with deal

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:07 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011

The Circuit: Tech companies fear supply problems, Groupon’s IPO and new service, Yahoo may be close to Delicious deal

LEADING THE DAY: Five components in the iPad 2 were supplied by Japanese companies, according to teardown from iSuppli Market Intelligence. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Thursday that he believes Apple’s supply line will be temporarily affected by the quake but that the company will not suffer serious setbacks.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  apple, microsoft

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 03/17/2011

The Circuit: Twitter and taxes, Microsoft makes list of ethical companies, administration calls for a privacy bill of rights

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:28 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  privacy, twitter, microsoft, fcc, ntia

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/16/2011

FTC, White House urge Internet privacy measures

There are concerns that companies such as Facebook and Apple are encouraging users to share greater information about themselves.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/16/2011

The Circuit: Online privacy hearing, Netflix looks at content creation, Google-ITA merger

Today’s online privacy hearing may be a chance to gauge where the GOP and Dems stand on legislation versus self-regulation.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  privacy, online video, google, netflix, ftc, fcc, net neutrality

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Consumer groups criticize AT&T tiered Internet access plans

AT&T’s move to tier broadband Internet access prices drew criticism Tuesday from consumer groups that say the practice could curb Internet use and adversely affect users.

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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Q&A with HP’s Scott Taylor: Setting an industry privacy framework

HP Privacy Officer Scott Taylor envisions a global privacy standard.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Ex-FCC chief Powell to head top cable trade group

Michael Powell, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, was named Tuesday president and chief executive of the cable industry’s biggest trade group, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Google announces anti-counterfeit measures

Google has launched a three-pronged approach to deal with businesses attempting to sell counterfeits goods online.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  google, intellectual property, piracy

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 03/15/2011

The Circuit: Japanese tech companies may face delays; Kerry, Hutchinson introduce infrastructure bank; Franken to propose new net neutrality bill

Kerry, Hutchinson introduce infrastructure bank; Franken to propose new net neutrality bill; free calls, texts to Japan

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:40 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  net neutrality, mobile, privacy

Posted at 03:19 AM ET, 03/15/2011

FTC settles with online ad agency for privacy violation

The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it settled with online advertising provider Chitika for allegedly tracking online activities of users who had opted out of the company’s service.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:19 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Google expands services for Japan

Google has added to the services its offering to help those looking for aid and missing loved ones in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:41 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/14/2011

More telecom, cable firms likely to adopt data caps

AT&T’s decision to impose data caps on broadband Internet customers will likely be followed by more cable and telecom firms, analyst say.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 03/14/2011

The Circuit: State Dept. spokesman resigns, AT&T caps Internet use, Facebook and Zynga aid Japan

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley stepped down on Sunday after criticizing the government’s detainment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held for supposedly leaking documents to WikiLeaks.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:29 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  at&t, dsl, net neutrality, facebook, wikileaks, apple, tablet

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Senate anitrust subcommittee chair to focus on Google

Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), chairman of the anitrust subcommittee, said he will put special focus on Google in the current session, examining its bid to expand through acquisitions and search industry practices.

By Cecilia Kang  |  07:46 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Apple’s security changes to in-app purchases get praise from lawmakers

Apple’s move to tighten security for in-app purchases on the iPhone and iPad drew praise from lawmakers who had expressed concerns that consumers, particularly children, were being hit with accidental charges.

By Cecilia Kang  |  07:42 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Federal judge denies bid of three linked to Wikileaks to keep Twitter information secret

A judge on Friday denied the request of three people who are linked to WikiLeaks to keep the U.S. government from looking at some of their Twitter information.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  07:32 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 03/11/2011

The Circuit: Wireless tax bill, Amazon cuts ties over state taxes, Hulu shrinking its board

Measures to keep states and local governments from adding taxes to wireless bills were introduced in the House and Senate yesterday. The Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011, a similar bill to those introduced in 2008 and 2009, would prohibit states from imposing new discriminatory taxes on wireless goods and services for five years.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:45 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Apple changes purchase policy to protect kids on iPad, iPhone games

Apple said Thursday that it changed its policy for how purchases can be made within applications on the iPhone and iPad, an attempt to protect users, particularly children, from accidentally racking up iTunes charges.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 03/10/2011

The Circuit: AOL layoffs, iPad 2 will keep Apple on top, net neutrality rule invalidated

AOL layoffs, iPad 2 will keep Apple on top, net neutrality rule invalidated.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:36 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aol, net neutrality, social media, apple, tablets, kids online

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/09/2011

House panel votes to invalidate net neutrality rules

A House panel on Wednesday voted to invalidate Internet access rules created by the Federal Communications Commission. But they will remain in place unless Congress and the president take further action.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Cable’s top lobbyist, McSlarrow, joins Comcast to lead Washington office

Kyle McSlarrow, the cable industry’s top lobbyist in Washington D.C., will join Comcast as president of the firm’s Washington policy and government affairs.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:50 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Analysts weigh in on Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Analysts weigh in on the regulation implications of a possible merger.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sprint, t-mobile

Posted at 03:45 AM ET, 03/09/2011

The Circuit: Senate passes patent reform, hearing on net neutrality, European Commission grapples with cookie law

LEADING THE DAY: The Senate passed a comprehensive patent reform bill in a 95-5 vote on Tuesday. The America Invents Act, among other changes, reworks the U.S. patent system to operate on a first to file system rather than the current first to invent system.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:45 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  net neutrality, online video, Twitter, Facebook, international

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Republicans pan FCC reasons for net neutrality rules

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:52 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/08/2011

FTC: Identity theft, Internet auctions, services among top 10 complaints

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday the top complaint it received from consumers last year was over identity theft and high on the list were complaints Internet and telecommunications services and Internet auctions.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Report: Sprint in talks to buy T-Mobile

A report from Bloomberg indicates that Sprint is in talks with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA. Citing sources “with knowledge of the matter,” the report says that Deutsche Telekom would sell T-Mobile USA to Sprint for a majority stake in the new venture

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mobile, sprint, t-mobile

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/07/2011

Apple in-app purchases get the NMA animated treatment

Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese media company known for its wacky animated renditions of the day’s news, has worked their magic on The Washington Post’s story about in-app payments on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  apple, mobile, kids online

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 03/04/2011

The Circuit: Apple considering unlimited music downloads, S. Korean govt. sites attacked, Android leads with new smartphone users

LEADING THE DAY: Apple is reportedly in talks with major record companies to negotiate unlimited music downloads of purchased music. The move would enable customers to listen to purchased music across multiple devices. Citing anonymous sources “with knowledge of the plans,” Bloomberg reported that Apple is talking to Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music. The move would put Apple in an excellent position to take on streaming music sites such as Pandora and the European service Spotify, which is said to be pursuing a U.S. launch.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:23 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 03/03/2011

China plans to track cellphone users, sparking human rights concerns

China said it may begin tracking cellphone users in Beijing through location technology it hopes will help city authorities better manage traffic. But the announcement also sparked fresh concerns that the government may be using mobile technology to surveil its residents.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:56 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Feinstein patent reform amendment fails

The Senate voted Thursday to table an amendment proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to retain the current U.S. “first to invent” system of awarding patents.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:12 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/03/2011

The dirty secret about text messages

Here’s how free messaging apps threaten wireless carriers’ cash cow.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Hill push to overturn net neutrality to face uphill battle

House lawmakers will examine the FCC’s net neutrality rules again next week, amid vocal calls by Republican leaders to overturn the rules or pull funding from the agency.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  net neutrality fcc, republicans net neutrality, hous net neutrality, cecilia kang, post tech blog

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/03/2011

The Circuit: Twitter denies J.P. Morgan reports; Kerry, Snowe introduce spectrum bill; Microsoft mad at Facebook

LEADING THE DAY:Twitter co-founder Biz Stone denied reports that the company is talking to J.P. Morgan about an investment that would value the company at $4.5 billion. Stone told Reuters that the reports, which originally ran in the Financial Times, were “made up.”

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Senators Kerry, Snowe introduce spectrum inventory bill

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:21 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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