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Post Tech: July, 2011

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 07/29/2011

Analyst says key FCC staff excluded in LightSquared decision; Agency denies claim

Staff at the Federal Communications Commission told an equities analyst they weren’t consulted about a crucial waiver for LightSquared.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:15 PM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 07/29/2011

The Circuit: FCC staff on LightSquared waiver; GOP and net neutrality; Google faces patent complaints

FCC staff excluded in LightSquared waiver; GOP presses on net neutrality; Google faces patent complaints

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:40 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, LightSquared, Broadband, Net Neutrality, IP, Kids Online, Groupon, SEC

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Google’s Schmidt to testify at Senate antitrust hearing

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is expected to testify at a Senate hearing set for Sept. 21

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Antitrust, FTC

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 07/28/2011

The Circuit: DOJ looks at Google’s Admeld pickup, government surveillance, Sprint-LightSquared deal

DOJ looks at Google’s AdMeld pickup; government surveillance; Sprint strikes LightSquared deal.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:39 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International, Kids, Comcast, FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, LightSquared, Spectrum, Google, DOJ

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 07/28/2011

LightSquared, Sprint strike partnership, but questions loom

Sprint Nextel and LightSquared announced on Thursday a partnership intended to give both firms a jump-start on fourth-generation LTE wireless services.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:42 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 07/27/2011

Grassley to FCC on LightSquared: What are you hiding?

Agency refuses to disclose conversations with satellite Internet firm

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:26 PM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 07/27/2011

The Circuit: Franken bashes merger; data caps frustrate customers; Amazon earnings

Franken bashes merger; data caps frustrate customers; Amazon earnings.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:24 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cybersecurity, Security, NSA, Amazon, Broadband, Mobile, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Cyber attack on RSA cost EMC $66 million

EMC disclosed that it spent $66 million in its second quarter to deal with a cyber attack that compromised its RSA Security division.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:46 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Security

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Sen. Al Franken joins call to reject AT&T/T-Mobile merger

Sen. Al Franken urged regulators to stop AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile, saying the $39 billion deal would drive up prices for consumers and cost jobs.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:42 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 07/26/2011

YouTube use explodes, and minorities lead the way

Seven in 10 American adults online are using video sharing sites such as YouTube, with minority users leading the way, according to a new study.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:23 AM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 07/26/2011

No need for cloud-specific legislation, SIIA industry group says

The Software and Information Industry Association has said that policymakers should not specifically regulate the cloud.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:04 AM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cybersecurity

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 07/26/2011

The Circuit: Netflix faces slower growth, data caps; GAO criticizes Pentagon cyber efforts; Google Street View

GAO criticizes Pentagon cyber efforts; Netflix faces slower growth, data caps; Google Street View

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:28 AM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, APple, IP, HTC, Internaional, DHS, Cybersecurity, Google, Privacy, Netflix, Broadband

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Netflix proclaims Internet as future, but data caps loom as threat

Will Internet data caps stem Netflix’s rise?

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:55 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 07/25/2011

The Circuit: RIM layoffs, Facebook privacy, patent trolling

RIM layoffs, Facebook privacy, patent trolling.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:26 AM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, International, Cybersecurity, IP, Microsoft, Facebook, Privacy, RIM

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Analysts put bets on AT&T, T-Mobile merger, even with setbacks

Will the events of this week hurt AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile? Maybe not, analysts say.

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:44 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 07/22/2011

The Circuit: FCC pauses on merger; Apple, Hulu; FTC chair backs data security standard

FCC pauses on merger; Apple, Hulu; FTC chair backs data security standard

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:57 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Security, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Groupon, Microsoft, FTC: Apple, Hulu, Online video, FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 07/21/2011

FCC temporarily halts review of AT&T merger with T-Mobile

The Federal Communications Commission has stopped its 180-day review “shot clock” for AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile, saying it needs more time to evaluate new information AT&T promises to deliver to the commission later this month.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:17 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Lawmakers ask for information on Groupon’s privacy policy

Congressmen are asking for more information on changes it made to share demographics, social and geolocation data with its business partners.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:57 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, Groupon, SEC, Kids Online

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 07/21/2011

The Circuit: Dems against merger, Murdoch’s D.C. lobbyist, White House cutting back data centers

Dems against merger, Murdoch’s man in Washington, cutting back data centers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:34 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spectrum, Security, OMB, FCC, FTC, DOJ, AT&T, T-Mobile

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Senate panel chairman Kohl: AT&T, T-Mobile merger should be blocked

Sen. Herb Kohl, chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, is calling for regulators to block AT&T’s $39 billion bid for T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:15 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 07/20/2011

The Circuit: Data security, policy expert nominated to FTC, LightSquared faces European opposition

Data security bill, Obama nominates policy expert to FTC, LightSquared faces European opposition.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:37 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Security, Apple, T-Mobile, Broadband, LightSquared, International, FTC

Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Obama nominates Internet policy expert Ohlhausen to FTC

As enforcement agency focuses on privacy, data security, Obama picks cyber security expert.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:14 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Google Books judge urges deal as dispute drags on

A six-year legal dispute over Google Books prompted a judge to set a September deadline.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:23 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, IP

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Marketing to iPhone moms, the new online power shopper

Madison Avenue marketing execs put the focus on women with children.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:56 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 07/19/2011

The Circuit: Hackers hit the Sun; mobile moms; kids’ privacy

Hackers hit the Sun; mobile moms; kids’ privacy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:24 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Security, Kids online, privacy, Security

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Tech IPOs grapple with privacy

Social media firms rushing to list on stock markets grapple with privacy scrutiny, investor interests.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:22 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 07/18/2011

News Corp. scandal sparks questions of U.S. broadcast licenses

As News Corp.’s phone hacking scandal spreads to the United States, experts say federal scrutiny of the media conglomerate’s practices probably won’t result in the shutdown of the company’s broadcast licenses.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:36 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 07/18/2011

The Circuit: Wireless jobs, phone hacking, Apple scores a patent victory

Wireless jobs, phone hacking, Apple scores a patent victory.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:18 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Spectrum, FCC, FTC, IP, Apple, FBI

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 07/15/2011

GAO: Children’s TV rules better enforced on broadcast than cable

Federal efforts to limit television advertising to children and increase educational programming has worked better for broadcast than cable and satellite services, according to a report this week by the Government Accountability Office.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:44 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 07/15/2011

The Circuit: Cyber security plan ‘too predictable,’ Pentagon files hacked, FBI opens phone hack investigation

Cyber security plan ‘too predictable,’ Pentagon files hacked, FBI opens phone hack investigation.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:51 AM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Security, FBI, International, Privacy, Kids Online, Groupon, Online shopping, Google

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Lawmakers push for children’s online privacy law

Even though most lawmakers agree that young Internet users should have clear protections of their privacy, experts say current proposals will be difficult to turn into laws.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:35 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 07/14/2011

Verizon, Phonebooks.com agree to delist cellphone numbers

Verizon announced that Phonebooks.com will no longer list cellphone numbers online

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:35 AM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Verizon, Privacy

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 07/14/2011

The Circuit: Lawmakers criticize Murdoch, Netflix expected backlash, privacy hearing

Lawmakers criticize Murdoch, Netflix expected backlash, privacy hearing.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:35 AM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Microsoft, Security, Privacy, FCC, Net neutrality, Netflix, FBI, DOJ, SEC

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Rep. Bono Mack asks Apple, Google and others for phone hacking info

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) has talked to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Apple, Google and other companies for more information on how they safeguard their customers against phone hacking.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:45 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 07/13/2011

Investors like Netflix prices changes, stock rises

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:16 AM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 07/13/2011

The Circuit: Senate hearing on cramming, merger puts White House in tough spot; changes for Netflix

Senate hearing on cramming, merger puts Obama administration in a tough spot; Netflix changes its plans.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:54 AM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kids Online, International, Netflix, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, FTC, DOJ, Bill shock

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 07/13/2011

AT&T, T-Mobile and Obama

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:48 AM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Netflix increases prices for streaming, DVD packages

Netflix will charge separately for streaming and DVD, adding about $6 to monthly bills

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:57 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 07/12/2011

FCC, FTC, NTIA officials to testify at House privacy hearing

Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee will ask federal officials for an overview of privacy and data security legislation in the U.S., in the first of a series of hearings.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:47 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, security

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 07/12/2011

The Circuit: States look into AT&T/T-Mobile merger, smartphone use, Amazon challenging Calif. law

States look into AT&T/T-Mobile merger, smartphone use, Amazon challenging Calif. law

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:33 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IP, Security, Kids Online, FTC, Google, Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Amazon, FTC, Broadband, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, FCC

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 07/12/2011

Smartphones proliferate, and for many mobile is only way onto Internet

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:28 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/11/2011

More than a third of American adults have a smartphone

A Pew Center’s Internet and American Life Project study found about 1/3 of adults have smartphones

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, RIM, Windows, Google

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 07/11/2011

The Circuit: Google’s antitrust probes, Groupon changes privacy policy, privacy on the Hill

Google’s antitrust probes, Groupon changes privacy policy, privacy on the Hill.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:27 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Privacy, Security, Groupon, Online shopping, Antitrust, FTC, IP

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Groupon changes privacy policy to collect, share more information

Social deals site tells users it is collecting more information about them and sharing with partners ahead of IPO.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:03 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 07/08/2011

Google’s Schmidt to testify before Senate on antitrust

Schmidt will be in the hot seat during his testimony before a Senate committee as Google defends the business practices that have made it the most powerful Internet search engine.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:28 PM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 07/08/2011

Netflix criticizes new Internet billing by bits

Netflix said Friday that moves by Internet service providers to charge users by the amount of data they use could end up costing consumers more.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:35 PM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 07/08/2011

The Circuit: ISPs fight piracy, FCC ownership rule rejected, Google + not yet for businesses

ISPs fight piracy, FCC ownership rule rejected, Google + not yet for businesses

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:26 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, FCC, Net neutrality, IP

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 07/07/2011

LightSquared hires former lawmakers to get satellite plan off ground

LightSquared said Thursday its brought on two former federal lawmakers as advisers as the satellite broadband start-up tries to overcome obstacles to its network plans.

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:03 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 07/07/2011

Verizon releases data management tools

Verizon announced that users will receive text messages alerting data usage.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:52 AM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Verizon

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/07/2011

The Circuit: DOJ’s Christine Varney to step down; Obama’s Twitter town hall; Washington Post Jobs site hacked

Justice’s top antitrust cop, Christine Varney, to step down; Twitter town hall; Washington Post Jobs site hacked.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Apple, Amazon, IP, Hulu, Security, Twitter, Antitrust, DOJ

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 07/06/2011

A different kind of townhall

President Obama’s Twitter townhall has been hailed as a way for the president to reach new voters ahead of the 2012 election.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:11 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 07/06/2011

On location at President Obama’s Twitter town hall (user poll)

Post Tech | The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang and Mark Luckie are on location at the president’s Twitter town hall.

By Emi Kolawole  |  09:45 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 07/06/2011

The Circuit: Twitter ‘town hall’, Morgan Stanley, Verizon ending unlimited plans

Twitter ”town hall,” Morgan Stanley loses data, Verizon ending unlimited plans

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:25 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, Verizon, Security, Twitter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Verizon Wireless ends unlimited data starting Thursday

Verizon Wireless said that starting Thursday it will end its unlimited data plans, responding to a deluge of smartphones and tablets sucking up bandwidth on its networks.

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 07/05/2011

On location at President Obama’s Twitter town hall

Post Tech | The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang and Mark Luckie are on location at the Twitter town hall.

By Emi Kolawole  |  05:42 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 07/05/2011

LightSquared raises $265 million

LightSquared, the Reston, Va.- based company, announced it has raised more than $2.3 billion in the past year

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:44 AM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 07/05/2011

The Circuit: Fox News and Apple hacked; Biden joins Twitter; Microsoft and Baidu sign deal

Fox News, Apple hacked; VP joins Twitter; Microsoft, Baidu.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:14 AM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, International, Microsoft, Twitter, Security, Apple

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Obama to hold first-ever Twitter town hall

President Obama will be answering questions about the economy and jobs on Wednesday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Twitter

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 07/01/2011

The Circuit: AT&T amps up lobbying effort; LightSquared, GPS interference; FTC,Twitter

AT&T amps up lobbying effort, LightSquared and GPS industry find interference, FTC asks questions about Twitter.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Spectrum, Mobile, Privacy, Comcast, Google, FTC, Twitter, LightSquared, AT&T, T-Mobile, NTIA

Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Comcast exec David Cohen raises at least $1.2 million for Obama

The longtime Democratic operative hosts the final fundraiser for Obama in the first full quarter of the president’s reelection campaign.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:14 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/30/2011

LightSquared interferes with GPS: Report

LightSquared’s wireless network interferes with global positioning systems, according to tests submitted to federal regulators by the company and the GPS industry Thursday.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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