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Post Tech: April, 2011

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 04/29/2011

House commerce panel members seek more information on Sony security breach

Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) wrote to Sony asking for more information on a network breach

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:01 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Report: Google sued over tracking

Two Michigan women have filed a $50 million lawsuit against Google over how the company deals with location data on Android phones.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Apple, Mobile, Privacy

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Wireless carriers reveal location privacy policies

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint Nextel respond to queries about their location data policies.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:35 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Google, Apple will testify at privacy hearing

Google and Apple will both testify at a Senate privacy subcommittee hearing.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Apple, Privacy, Mobile

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Sen. Rockefeller calls hearing on mobile privacy

In the wake of concerns over iPhone and Google data tracking, the West Virginia Democrat wants more information.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, Mobile

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Jobs explains mobile policies, says Apple will testify in hearing

Comments from Apple CEO Steve Jobs indicate that those clamoring for more information about how Apple uses location data will get a full explanation next month at a Senate hearing.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:36 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Leahy urges Apple, Google to testify at hearing

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Apple and Google to testify on mobile privacy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:24 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Google, Privacy

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Consumer groups urge combined merger reviews for AT&T

Consumer advocates tell FCC that AT&T poised to dominate wireless airwaves

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Apple blames bug for location data file, plans policy changes

Apple broke its silence over accusations that the iPhone tracks users with an unencrypted file.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Sony: Attackers may have obtained profile, payment information

PlayStation Network users’ data may have been stolen in six-day outage

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:35 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gaming

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Does Windows Phone 7 track users?

Microsoft says its phone platform doesn’t save location data

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Netflix’s growth puts it in tie with Comcast as biggest video firms

Number of subscriber reaches 22.8 million, says it will go for more exclusive content deals.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:57 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Franken schedules mobile privacy hearing

Mobile privacy will be getting its day on the Hill on May 10.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Google, FTC, DOJ, privacy

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Report: Apple sued over tracking

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:30 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Mobile

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Report: Steve Jobs responds to iPhone tracking criticism

Reportedly sending one of his rare e-mails, Jobs says Apple does not track users’ locations.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Mobile, Google

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Can Dish plus Blockbuster unseat Netflix?

Dish Networks recently acquired Blockbuster, but can it make it in the online streaming world?

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:50 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online video, netflix

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Liberty Media’s Greg Maffei on the future of the television industry

Liberty Chief Executive Greg Maffei discusses Starz contract with Netflix.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online video

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/22/2011

In Los Angeles, Obama’s stars align

President Obama reached for the stars Thursday evening in three marathon fundraisers that drew celebrity heavyweights Tom Hanks, George Clooney and director Steven Spielberg.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Tracking on the iPhone catches the Hill’s attention

Members of Congress are calling for explanations of an iPhone file that records time-stamped location data.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:00 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, FTC

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Protesters draw Obama’s attention to Bradley Manning — in song

Obama donors sing their protest of the treatment of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, accused of providing secret information to WikiLeaks.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 04/21/2011

LightSquared partners with SI Wireless

LightSquared partners with SI Wireless following a similar agreement with Cellular South.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:05 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wireless, Broadband

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Obama has packed schedule on second day of swing through western states

On Day Two of his visit to western states, the president takes on fundraisers and a town hall in three cities.

By Cecilia Kang and Perry Bacon Jr.  |  09:45 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Obama asks friendly San Francisco supporters to open their wallets

The city that banned the plastic bag and pushed early for legal gay marriage is approached first by the candidate.

By Cecilia Kang  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Obama, Zuckerberg meeting highlights importance of Silicon Valley

LIVE VIDEO | President Obama holds a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Genachowski touts spectrum auctions, skirts merger questions

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was eager to talk about spectrum issues in a question-and-answer session before the Economic Club of Washington, but evaded questions about a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:02 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Spectrum, AT&T, Verizon

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Cellular South CEO pans AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Cellular South CEO Hu Meena has come out strongly against the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:16 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, Verizon, Wireless

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Obama brings political message to Facebook, Silicon Valley

The president takes his message on reducing the deficit to the Web’s social headquarters

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Live coverage of Obama’s town hall today

Reporter Cecilia Kang is in California today to cover President Barack Obama’s town hall today from Palo Alto, Calif. where he’ll talk about the budget.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:58 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Security firm calls on Facebook to step up its game

Sophos, a leading Internet security company, called on Facebook to step up its security.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social networking, Security

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/15/2011

What’s next for privacy on the Hill?

A lot of politics stands between the talk and actual movement on privacy legislation.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/14/2011

FCC begins review of AT&T bid to buy T-Mobile

Agency doesn’t offer any clues to its opinion of mega wireless merger.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:48 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/13/2011

FCC chief hints at lack of competition in AT&T merger bid

Will the FCC find the deal harms competition and consumers?

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Motorola, Huawei settle their dispute

Motorola and Huawei issued a joint statement this morning announcing an end to their feud over sharing trade secrets.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wireless, International

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 04/13/2011

T-Mobile introduces unlimited plans, but with throttling

T-Mobile introduces unlimited plans, but throttles after 2GB.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:03 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mobile

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Senators introduce Internet privacy bill

Sens. Kerry, McCain introduce bill to keep users’ most sensitive data harder to grab.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:11 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/12/2011

FCC chairman touts broadcast auction plan before skeptical audience

Genachowski provides some details of his auction plan

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 04/12/2011

AT&T, T-Mobile file merger application; Q&A with James Cicconi

AT&T begins the regulatory process for a federal inspection of the merger with T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:14 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011

DOJ, Microsoft say Google Apps for Government isn’t up to standards

Microsoft is calling Google’s security claims into question with accusations that it misled the U.S. government

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Microsoft

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Viacom asks Cablevision to remove app content

Viacom has asked Cablevision to pull content from the cable company’s iPad app.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cable, Tablets, Apple

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Level 3 to acquire Global Crossing

The acquisition will create a network with service to 70 countries.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Media, FCC, DOJ

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 04/08/2011

House approves measure to overturn FCC net neutrality rules

The action must be followed by Senate and president to knock down regulation

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:15 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Verizon Wireless pushes for longer contracts, ends 1-year option

The nation’s biggest wireless company ends one-year contracts, retains two-year agreements

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Internet firms wake up to federal privacy scrutiny

As federal officials work on Internet privacy laws, companies that have enjoyed the freewheeling nature of the Internet are wary.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Time Warner, Viacom take iPad scuffle to court

Viacom and Time Warner have asked a New York judge to decide whether streaming content on the iPad breaks the cable company’s programming agreements.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cable, Apple

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Foursquare founder Selvadurai talks about privacy, future

We talk to one of the founders of the hottest location-based mobile services.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/07/2011

FCC approves rule for smartphone Internet roaming access

The rule requires carriers to allow data roaming by competitors’ consumers.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Blumenthal asks for Epsilon investigation

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said that he has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an investigation into the Epsilon data leak.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:20 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/06/2011

The Circuit: White House spectrum forum, Dish buys Blockbuster, Cisco CEO vows to refocus

The Circuit: White House spectrum forum, Dish buys Blockbuster, Cisco CEO vows to refocus

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 04/06/2011

White House pushing ahead with airwaves auction plan

The Obama administration will make an economic case Wednesday for moving ahead with a controversial auction of broadcast airwaves, even as some analysts argue that AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile throws a wrench into the plan.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:25 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spectrum, FCC

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Obama to hold Facebook HQ town hall

The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama will hold a town hall meeting at Facebook’s headquarters this month.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:08 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Sen. Udall reintroduces measure to curb cellphone ‘bill shock’

Sen. Tom Udall wants cellphone companies to warn customers when they’re nearing their data plan limits and get customers’ permission for more charges.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:09 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Verizon agrees to $93M settlement for false billing to GSA

Verizon agreed to a $93.5 million settlement with the federal government after a Justice Department investigation into allegations it overcharged an agency on communications contracts.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:13 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Federal grand jury investigating app privacy, Pandora says

In a filing related to its IPO, Pandora Media revealed that it has received a subpoena.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

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

Court dismisses Verizon lawsuit against FCC net neutrality rules

A federal appeals court threw out complaints by Verizon Communications and Metro PCS aimed at knocking down Internet access rules by the Federal Communications Commission, saying the lawsuits were filed too early

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Communications and Technology subcommittee passes broadband scrutiny bill

A House panel passed a bill to ensure that unused telecom funds for broadband projects are returned to the Treasury.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Broadband

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011

FCC Commissioner Copps not keen on AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps said that it would be a “steeper climb” for him to approve the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile than the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC

 

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