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Post Tech: September, 2011

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Spotify releases ‘private listening’ feature

In response to users’ criticism, the music streaming service is making it easier for customers to enjoy their favorite music in secret again.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:38 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared, Facebook privacy, Twitter maps the world’s moods

LightSquared, Facebook privacy, Twitter maps the world's moods.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, LightSquared, FCC, FTC, Privacy, Twitter, Amazon

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Privacy advocates ask FTC to investigate Facebook

Privacy advocates have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s business practices

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Privacy

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 09/29/2011

The Circuit: DOJ wants more on Google-Motorola, Amazon’s $199 tablet, suit over open Internet rules

DOJ asks for more on Google-Motorola, Amazon’s $199 tablet, Media groups sue over open Internet rules.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:45 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Nokia, Microsoft, Kids Online, Nokia, DOJ, FCC

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/28/2011

The Circuit: Amazon tablet, competition in a streaming world, privacy

Amazon tablet, competition in a streaming world, privacy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:00 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Lawmakers call for probe into supercookies

Reps. Joe Barton and Ed Markey are calling for an FTC probe into supercookies.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 09/27/2011

The Circuit: Facebook’s PAC, AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Spotify and Facebook

Facebook’s PAC, AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Spotify and Facebook

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:31 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FTC, Amazon, Facebook, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, DOJ, Google, Microsoft

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Facebook forms PAC for political donations

Facebook is forming a political action committee, strengthening ties of the social networking giant with Washington politicians as the company also faces growing questions about how it handles users’ privacy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:21 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Want Spotify? Get Facebook

The company said that many of its users have already connected their accounts to Facebook, making it easy to integrate the logins.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:40 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Privacy advocates oppose Facebook changes

Users say the changes are confusing

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, privacy

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 09/26/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared promises jobs, increased access; Facebook privacy; Netflix, DreamWorks sign a deal

Facebook privacy; Obama, House leaders in Silicon Valley; Netflix, DreamWorks sign a deal

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:41 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Groupon, Google, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Facebook, Online privacy, LightSquared, spectrum, FCC, Verizon

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/23/2011

The Circuit: Call for LightSquared investigation; Meg Whitman in as HP CEO; online video competition heats up

Call for LightSquared investigation; Meg Whitman in as HP CEO; Blockbuster streaming video

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  facebook, cybersecurity, streaming video, ebay, hp, fcc, lightsquared, spectrum

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Netflix pairs with Facebook, except in U.S.

A 1988 video rental privacy law is keeping Netflix’s U.S. users from sharing what they’re watching on Facebook.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:58 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 09/22/2011

FCC net neutrality official Nov. 20; lawsuits expected to follow

Telecom giants will mount legal challenges to overturn the rules.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:13 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/22/2011

FCC adviser Daniel Ornstein leaving the agency

Ornstein was the first person FCC Chairman Genachowski recruited to the agency

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 09/22/2011

The Circuit: AT&T makes small gains in hearing; Google's Schmidt defends practices; Facebook preps for announcements

AT&T makes small gains in hearing; Google's Schmidt defends practices; Facebook preps for announcements

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:10 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IP, HP, FTC, FCC, DOJ, Facebook, Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Trial date set for Justice Department lawsuit to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

A federal judge has set a mid-February trial date for the Justice Department’s suit to block the $39 billion merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:50 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Google’s Eric Schmidt defends the company’s search practices

The search engine’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, says its practices are legal.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:44 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Antitrust

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/21/2011

AT&T, T-Mobile vs. DOJ: Top 5 things to watch

AT&T, T-Mobile and the Justice Department will appear for the first time in front of a federal judge on Wednesday.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 09/21/2011

The Circuit: AT&T’s next round, Google’s Schmidt to the Hill, Facebook redesign

AT&T’s next round, Google’s Schmidt to the Hill, Facebook redesign

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:26 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Kids Online, Facebook, Google, DOJ, FTC, International, AT&T, T-Mobile

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Oversight Committee reviewing information on LightSquared

A House committee confirmed it is looking into information related to the satellite-based mobile broadband network.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:50 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LightSquared, Spectrum

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 09/20/2011

The Circuit: Cellular South sues to block merger, Falcone defends LightSquared, FCC and Comcast kick off low-cost Internet plans

Cellular South sues to block merger, Falcone defends LightSquared, FCC and Comcast kick off low-cost Internet plans

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:37 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, FCC, Comcast, LightSquared, Spectrum, GPS, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Harbinger’s Falcone defends LightSquared, D.C. connections

LightSquared investor Philip Falcone denied allegations that the troubled company sought regulatory favors from the Obama administration as it also contributed to Democrats.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:57 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 09/19/2011

The Circuit: Netflix to split; Sprint files to join DOJ suit; AT&T said to be trying to sell spectrum, assets

Netflix to split; Sprint files to join DOJ suit; AT&T said to be trying to sell spectrum, assets

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:09 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Mobile, AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Leap, Sprint, DOJ, Netflix

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Google’s Schmidt to appear alone at antitrust hearing; move sparks criticism

The chairman of Google will appear alone before a Senate Judiciary committee, sparking criticism.

By Cecilia Kang and Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:18 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 09/16/2011

AT&T, T-Mobile merger faces new obstacle as seven states join DOJ lawsuit

Seven states joined the Justice Department in a federal lawsuit to stop AT&T’s proposed $39 billion bid for T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:44 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 09/16/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared, data privacy, House Dems say settle AT&T-DOJ suit

LightSquared, data privacy, House Dems say settle AT&T-DOJ suit

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:19 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  yahoo, netflix, ip, at&t, doj, t-mobile, privacy, lightsquared, spectrum, fcc

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 09/15/2011

FTC proposes new children’s online privacy rule

The new rule would extend the definition of personal information to include geolocation data

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:40 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FTC, Kids Online

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 09/15/2011

FCC chair won’t appear at LightSquared hearing

Lawmakers have questioned the fast-tracking of the FCC’s initial approval of LightSquared to operate as a wireless venture, despite complaints of GPS interference.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:37 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 09/15/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared campaign contributions, Kids’ privacy, EU officials meet with advertisers

Kids’ privacy, EU officials meet with advertisers

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:48 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Facebook, International, Privacy, IP, Spectrum

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 09/14/2011

FCC announces public testing of TV white spaces

The Federal Communications Commission is starting a test database for ‘Super WiFi’ waves.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:21 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Spectrum

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Wireless stays, cable TV goes as poverty problem weighs on household budgets: analysts

Analysts say wireless phones have now become indispensable household items.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:09 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Google to offer opt-out for WiFi tracking for wireless in E.U.

Google will offer anyone who owns a WiFi access point to opt-out of being used to determine mobile users’ locations.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  google, international

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Wireless data plans put spotlight on FCC billing protection

Expect pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to better protect consumers from false and misleading billing practices.

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:12 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 09/14/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared and GPS, impact of EU privacy laws

LightSquared and GPS, impact of EU privacy laws

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:35 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Microsoft, eBay, Craigslist, IP, Privacy, Bill

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 09/13/2011

FCC calls for more LightSquared testing as complaints continue about GPS interference

The FCC has told the company to launch further tests as federal agencies complain of dangerous GPS interference

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:22 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Facebook makes more changes to improve privacy

With the addition of a new privacy expert in its D.C. office and two recent waves of changes to user controls for sharing, the network appears to be looking closely at privacy issues.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:39 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/13/2011

FCC’s net neutrality rules to trigger legal, Hill challenge

Rules move closer to being official, companies expected to fight back.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:32 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Android steals #2 platform spot from iOS in Europe

Research firm comScore reported Tuesday that Google’s Android has passed Apple’s iOS in market share in Europe’s five leading markets

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International, Google, Apple

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Facebook continues D.C. hiring spree with White House, privacy expert hires

The hirings have created a politically connected team in Washington.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:45 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 09/13/2011

The Circuit: Facebook beefs up D.C. office, CTIA supports jobs bill, net neutrality clears hurdle

Facebook beefs up D.C. office, CTIA supports jobs bill, net neutrality clears hurdle

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:36 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Boomers rapid users of social media via smartphones: Nielsen

Internet users 55 years and older fastest-growing group of mobile social networking: Nielsen

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:25 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Comcast names VP for public policy, adds to growing high-profile D.C. roster

Company hires investment analyst as VP of global public policy, continues high-profile tech policy hires

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:52 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/12/2011

IDC: Mobile Internet users to outnumber wireline users by 2015

Research from analysis firm IDC indicates mobile Internet users will outnumber wireline users by 2015.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 09/12/2011

The Circuit: Amazon to launch Netflix for books?; AT&T’s DOJ defense; Bartz resigns from Yahoo’s board of directors

Amazon to launch Netflix for books?; AT&T’s DOJ defense; Bartz resigns from Yahoo’s board of directors

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:27 AM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 09/09/2011

AT&T hits back at DOJ’s move to block T-Mobile merger

AT&T on Friday launched a defense against the Justice Department’s suit to block its merger with T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:52 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 09/09/2011

The Circuit: Spectrum initiative in Obama jobs plan, LightSquared, America Invents Act

Obama jobs plan includes spectrum measures, LightSquared faces questions from GOP, Senate passes America Invents Act

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:44 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FTC, Cybersecurity, IP, Spectrum, broadband, FCC

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 09/08/2011

The Circuit: Google steps into Apple patent spat, America Invents Act, Erskine Bowles to Facebook board

Google steps into Apple patent spat, America Invents Act, Erskine Bowles to Facebook board

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:59 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spectrum, IP, International, Yahoo

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Facebook names political veteran Erskine Bowles to board

The company has named Erskine Bowles, former Clinton chief of staff, to its board of directors, as it faces increasing political and policy battles.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:05 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 09/07/2011

The Circuit: Yahoo CEO Bartz out, AT&T hearing date set, Sprint files its own merger suit

Yahoo CEO Bartz out, AT&T hearing date set, Sprint files its own merger suit.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:36 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Hulu, Antitrust, Groupon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Yahoo

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Sprint files suit to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

The action follows a Justice Department lawsuit to prevent a deal that the federal agency calls bad for consumers

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:03 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 09/06/2011

House committee to examine LightSquared impact on science

The House Science, Space and Technology committee will examine LightSquared’s impact on federal science research.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:50 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LightSquared, Spectrum

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 09/06/2011

The Circuit: Patent reform, Netflix, Samsung and Apple

Patent reform vote scheduled for Tuesday, Netflix expands its D.C. office, Samsung and Apple at odds over tablets

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:31 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cybersecurity, Google, International, IP, Netflix, Patent reform

Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Netflix global expansion includes bigger D.C. lobby office

As it sets its sights on expanding across the globe with plans for Asia and Europe, the Silicon Valley streaming giant is trying to beef up its lobbying and policy staff in Washington to work out an onslaught of international and U.S. issues that threaten its business.

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:06 PM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/02/2011

AT&T prepares settlement, court fight in bid for T-Mobile

AT&T plans to present a settlement proposal with the Justice Department soon on its proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 09/02/2011

The Circuit: AT&T case judge a ‘judicial machine,’ patent reform, Netflix and Starz talks break down

AT&T case judge a “judicial machine,” patent reform, Netflix and Starz talks break down.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IP, Netflix, AT&T, T-Mobile, DOJ, Google

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 09/01/2011

AT&T will likely fight DOJ to the end, analysts say

AT&T will put up a tough fight in court, analysts say.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:03 AM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, DOJ, FCC

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 09/01/2011

The Circuit: AT&T, T-Mobile and the DOJ; lawsuit alleges Microsoft tracking; Apple responds to pollution criticism

AT&T, T-Mobile and the DOJ; lawsuit alleges Microsoft tracking; Apple responds to pollution criticism.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:51 AM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, DOJ

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 08/31/2011

AT&T says it will fight DOJ lawsuit to block T-Mobile merger

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the $39 billion deal.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:52 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 08/31/2011

DOJ releases statement on suit to block merger

The Justice Department said ‘consumers will suffer’ if merger goes through

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:27 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile

 

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