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Post Tech: October, 2011

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/28/2011

The Circuit: FCC approves USF reform, HP keeps PC unit, Samsung overtakes Apple

FCC approves USF reform, HP keeps PC unit, Samsung overtakes Apple

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spectrum, lightsquared, facebook, cybersecurity, samsung, apple, hp, FCC, broadband

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 10/27/2011

FCC approves $4.5 billion broadband fund

The FCC approved a $4.5 billion broadband Internet fund aimed at giving money to private companies to bring access to rural households.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:23 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/27/2011

The Circuit: House copyright bill, Open Range, USF Reform

House leaders introduce copyright bill; calls for Open Range investigation

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Groupon, FCC, Broadband, Spectrum, IP

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 10/26/2011

House introduces Internet piracy bill

The legislation would expand the ability of federal law enforcement to shut down foreign Web sites and services that that use counterfeited or pirated content created by U.S. firms.

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:12 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Democrats call for investigation into bankrupt Open Range federal loans

Congress is asked to expand its investigation into federal loan programs to include a Bush-era loan to the bankrupt broadband Internet firm.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 10/26/2011

CTIA files intervention in net neutrality appeal

The wireless industry group weighs in on the FCC’s open Internet suits with consumer groups.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:29 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Verizon. Net Neutrality

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 10/26/2011

The Circuit: Hooking up rural homes, FBI seeks more personal data, Amazon profit falls

Hooking up rural homes, FBI seeks more personal data, Amazon profit falls.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:29 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nokia, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, FBI, Privacy, FCC, Broadband

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Young kids spend more time with screens than pages

A new study finds that kids under age 8 spend twice as much time with screens as they do with books.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:26 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kids Online

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/25/2011

The Circuit: Netflix; Google Buzz; Kids and media

Netflix; Google Buzz; kids and media

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cybersecurity, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, DOJ, FCC, FTC, Google, Netflix

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 10/24/2011

The Circuit: AT&T vs. Sprint, using social media to track gangs, small-business cybersecurity

AT&T vs. Sprint, using social media to track gangs, small business cybersecurity.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:21 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Cybersecurity, FCC, Commerce, Facebook, AT&T, T-Mobile

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 10/21/2011

The Circuit: John Bryson confirmed as Commerce secretary, updating ECPA, Groupon IPO

Bryson gets the nod from Senate, plans to update law on electronic privacy, Groupon scales back IPO

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:34 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Microsoft, Twitter, Google, Facebook, AT&T, MetroPCS, spectrum, T-Mobile, Groupon, SEC, Privacy, NTIA

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Facebook, Labor launch “Social Jobs Partnership”

Facebook and the Department of Labor have created a “one-stop shop” for job seekers and employers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 10/20/2011

The Circuit: U.S.-China trade, Face recognition, Pepsi’s marketing tactics

U.S.-China trade, Face recognition, Pepsi’s marketing tactics

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:56 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Rockefeller: Web facial recognition technology needs FTC scrutiny

Sen. John ‘Jay’ Rockefeller asks the FTC to review the privacy impact of plans to use facial recognition software.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:03 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 10/19/2011

C Spire lands the iPhone 4S

C Spire has been a leading voice in the fight against AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:22 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, Apple

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 10/19/2011

The Circuit: 10 Web trends, Apple misses estimates, T-Mobile

Ten Web trends, Apple misses estimates, T-Mobile

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:42 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 10/18/2011

The Circuit: ECPA reform, bill shock, Twitter valuation

ECPA reform, bill shock, Twitter valuation

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 10/17/2011

FCC holds off on ‘bill shock’ rule as industry plans alerts for reaching monthly limits

The agency’s chairman said on Monday that he will put a pending “bill shock” regulation for the wireless industry on hold.

By Cecilia Kang and Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:40 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 10/17/2011

The Circuit: FCC bill notifications, Kids apps, Hulu

FCC bill notifications, Kids apps, Hulu

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:26 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 10/14/2011

FCC, Wireless Cos. to announce self-regulatory Bill Shock program

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:32 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 10/14/2011

The Circuit: FCC wants more on merger jobs; iPhone 4S on sale; Microsoft closes Skype deal

FCC wants more on merger jobs; iPhone 4S on sale today; Microsoft closes Skype deal

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:37 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, IP, Hulu, Google, Microsoft, Skype, Apple, FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/13/2011

FCC to AT&T: Let’s talk jobs

FCC asks for information on whether AT&T/T-Mobile deal will add jobs.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:06 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Cricket’s Muve music making waves

The small wireless provider is using its music service as hook for new users.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 10/13/2011

The Circuit: Tech companies hail FTAs; RIM reports service improving; tech executives in D.C.

Tech companies hail FTAs; RIM reports service improving; tech executives in D.C.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:47 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Netflix expands D.C. office amid global expansion

The video giant said it added two people to its D.C. government lobbying and policy office as it seeks to become a global provider of online video.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 10/12/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared hearing, Americans outnumbered by gadgets; Universal Service Fund

LightSquared hearing, Americans outnumbered by gadgets; Universal Service Fund

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:21 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  HP, Sony, Cybersecurity, Broadband, LightSquared, Spectrum

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Wireless CEOs trade jabs over AT&T, T-Mobile merger

The chiefs of AT&T and Sprint Nextel took their battles to federal court Tuesday, as they also fight for and against AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang and Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:46 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 10/11/2011

The Circuit: Online privacy, news ‘neighborhooding,’ A&T/T-Mobile merger

Online privacy, news “neighborhooding,” AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:34 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Netflix, Mobile, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC, Comcast, Privacy

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Number of cellphones exceeds U.S. population: CTIA trade group

There are now more wireless devices being used in the U.S. than there are people, a new report says.

By Cecilia Kang  |  07:54 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Netflix abandons separate DVD, online plans

The video giant is reversing its unpopular decision to separate its DVD business from its online streaming business.

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

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 10/10/2011

The Circuit: WikiLeaks, Sprint and C Spire defend suits, supercommittee calls for auctions

WikiLeaks; Sprint and C Spire defend suits; supercommittee calls for auctions.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:28 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, DOJ, FCC, Spectrum, Yahoo, Apple, Cybersecurity

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Sprint defends its suit to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Sprint Nextel and C Spire asked a federal judge on Friday to hear their complaint aimed at blocking AT&T’s $39 billion merger with T-Mobile

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:41 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 10/07/2011

The Circuit: FCC challenge; building broadband in rural areas; cybersecurity; LightSquared documents; Yahoo in Japan.

FCC challenge; building broadband in rural areas; cybersecurity; LightSquared documents; Yahoo in Japan.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:29 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Yahoo, Lightsquared, cybersecurity, FCC, Net neutrality

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 10/06/2011

FCC chief announces plan to move phone subsidy funds to broadband

The chairman of the FCC on Thursday announced a proposal to reform a phone subsidy program known as the Universal Service Fund.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:42 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 10/06/2011

The Circuit: Steve Jobs dead at 56; children’s privacy; FCC talks USF

Steve Jobs dead at 56; Children’s privacy; FCC talks USF

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:25 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kids online, microsoft, yahoo, fcc, privacy, Apple

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Children’s Internet Privacy comes into Congress’ View

House lawmakers on Wednesday debated proposed updates to the Children’s Online Private Protection rules.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 10/05/2011

The Circuit: Children’s privacy; Apple iPhone 4S; HTC security flaw

Children’s privacy; Apple iPhone 4S; HTC security flaw.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:20 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, HTC, Samsung, Apple, ITC, Kids Online, Privacy

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Franken, Blumenthal bill would allow cell phone users to sue carriers

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Al Franken want to prohibit wireless contracts that strip users of the right to sue.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/04/2011

IBM’s Tim Sheehy on the next four big things in tech

IBM’s vice president of technology policy chats with the Post about four emerging fields.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/04/2011

FCC takes up USF phone line subsidies

The FCC chief on Thursday will submit a plan to shift subsidies away from phone lines to broadband Internet services.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 10/04/2011

The Circuit: iPhone event, Facebook’s Sparapani leaves, tech industry supports FTAs

iPhone event, Facebook’s Sparapani leaves, tech industry supports FTAs

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:26 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sprint, Kids Online, Privacy, Facebook, Apple

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Sprint asks FCC to quickly reject AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Sprint Nextel stepped up its fight against AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:15 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 10/03/2011

The Circuit: Yahoo, Google’s Schmidt on hearing, Verizon sues FCC

Yahoo announcement; Verizon sues FCC; tech giants want tax holiday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:38 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tech America, HTC, Security, Google, Apple, Verizon, Yahoo

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Verizon sues FCC over net neutrality rules

The company says the regulations are too stringent and go beyond the Federal Communications Commission’s authority.

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:16 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 09/30/2011

AT&T asks court to dismiss merger lawsuits by Sprint, Cellular South

AT&T says a competitor tried to pressure AT&T for business favors in exchange for supporting the merger with T-Mobile.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:49 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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