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Post Tech: November, 2011

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Lawmakers urge national public safety broadband network

Parties announce separate legislation after failing to agree on bipartisan solution.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spectrum

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 11/29/2011

FCC to accept withdrawal of AT&T, T-Mobile merger

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to accept the withdrawal of AT&T and T-Mobile’s merger application.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:13 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Report: AT&T in talks with Leap Wireless to save T-Mobile deal

AT&T is reportedly talking to Leap Wireless in a bid to sell some of its T-Mobile spectrum.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:26 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Facebook settles privacy complaint, agrees to ask permission for privacy changes

Facebook has settled a privacy complaint filed by the  Federal Trade Commission that the company deceived consumers by making consumer information more public, according to an announcement by the FTC.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:50 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 11/29/2011

The Circuit: Facebook IPO, app ratings, counterfeit goods

Facebook IPO, app ratings, counterfeit goods

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:27 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Wireless, tech giants to start rating apps

Wireless and high-tech giants will announce Tuesday a ratings system for mobile apps to warn families about smartphone and tablet software that contain violent and other mature content.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:01 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Judge postpones court meeting in Justice case against AT&T, T-Mobile

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 11/28/2011

AT&T CEO’s surprise call from FCC chairman

The worst call of CEO Randall Stephenson’s career

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:13 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 11/28/2011

The Circuit: AT&T/T-Mobile, gadgets as a digital pacifier, Facebook ads under scrutiny in Europe

AT&T/T-Mobile, gadgets as a digital pacifier, Facebook ads under scrutiny in Europe.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:29 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 11/28/2011

What’s next for AT&T and T-Mobile merger?

As regulatory challenges mount, analysts say no wireless mega-merger in foreseeable future.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:14 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 11/22/2011

FCC moves to hold hearing on AT&T, T-Mobile deal, creating another obstacle

The agency has begun circulating an order designating the proposed purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T for an administrative hearing — a potential obstacle.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:35 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Tech coalition backs off SOPA support

The Business Software Alliance, which includes Microsoft and Apple, says SOPA needs work.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:40 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, IP

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/22/2011

The Circuit: Supercommittee failure hurts D-Block bill, SOPA to markup, Gates testimony

Supercommittee failure hurts D-Block bill, SOPA to markup, Gates testimony in antitrust case.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, International, Facebook, Microsoft, IP, Spectrum

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 11/21/2011

SOPA goes for House debate Dec. 15

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:44 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 11/21/2011

The Circuit: Gates to testify in monopoly suit, agencies move away from RIM, blackout rule

Gates to testify in monopoly suit, agencies move away from RIM, blackout rule.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:17 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/18/2011

FCC nominees get hearing, even with LightSquared tussle

The confirmations of two nominees as new members of the agency are being caught up in a tussle between Sen. Chuck Grassley and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 11/18/2011

The Circuit: Young kids’ app use, Syria surveillance, China-U.S. investment

Young kids’ app use, Syria surveillance, China-U.S. investment

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:28 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IP, International, Commerce, Kids Online

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Lawmaker opposition to SOPA grows

While the Stop Online Piracy Act has a lot of bipartisan support, it’s also garnered quite a bit of lawmaker opposition.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:12 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IP

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 11/17/2011

The Circuit: E.U. privacy, online piracy, Facebook

E.U. privacy, online piracy, Facebook.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:27 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, cybersecurity, International, Facebook, Privacy, IP

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Q&A: EU chief privacy regulator on new Internet rules

In an interview, Viviane Reding, describes the differences between U.S., and European views on privacy

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:44 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Five things to know about SOPA

The Web is buzzing about SOPA, but what — exactly — is it?

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commerce, Google, Facebook, IP, MPAA

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Battle over Stop Online Piracy Act reaches fever pitch

Opponentsof the House bill launched an advertising blitz ahead of a morning hearing.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/16/2011

The Circuit: Web firms fight Commerce on SOPA, Pentagon talks cyber offense, Apple appoints new chairman

Web firms fight Commerce on SOPA, Pentagon talks cyber offense, Apple appoints new chairman,

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Facebook, Google join to fight Internet piracy legislation

The companies warned federal lawmakers against anti-piracy legislation they fear could place too much responsibility on firms like them.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 11/15/2011

The Circuit: Lawmakers question firms’ Syria ties, White House calls for privacy self-regulation

Lawmakers question firms’ Syria ties, White House calls for privacy self-regulation, FTC chair up for reappointment.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:28 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, Cybersecurity, FTC, Privacy, International

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Federal Trade Commission settles bogus grant complaint

It has settled a complaint with a marketing group called Grant Connect, which made claims that consumers could use the service to get free government grants.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:24 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

White House urges greater self-regulation of online privacy

A senior tech advisor for President Obama said Internet firms should come up with self-imposed privacy rules that would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

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

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 11/14/2011

The Circuit: Kindle Fire gets solid reviews, jobs and regulation, NetCoalition

Kindle Fire gets solid reviews, NetCoalition, young workers looking for tech jobs.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:24 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Privacy by default: a look at Facebook’s settings

How the social network's settings have changed over time.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Privacy, FTC

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

The Circuit: Facebook and the FTC, Senate upholds net neutrality, Twitter/WikiLeaks

Facebook and the FTC, Senate upholds net neutrality, Twitter/WikiLeaks

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:14 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Apple, IP, Twitter, Wikileaks, FCC, Net Neutrality, Facebook, FTC, FCC

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Report: Facebook, FTC close to settlement on privacy

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, privacy

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Senate votes against net neutrality killer

Lawmakers uphold Internet access rules, rejecting a move to overturn the FCC regulations.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 11/10/2011

The Circuit: Net neutrality vote, seven charged in huge ad scheme, lessons from EAS test

Net neutrality vote, seven charged in huge ad scheme, lessons from EAS test.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:31 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 11/09/2011

The Circuit: FCC plan for affordable broadband, mean teens online, net neutrality heats up again

FCC broadband initiative, mean teens online, net neutrality at issue again.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:27 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Advertisers release first self-regulation results

Six companies have voluntarily complied with ad industry standards regarding privacy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:30 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 11/08/2011

FTC settles two Internet privacy complaints

The agency announces settlements with two online services that violated consumer Internet protection rules.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:26 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/08/2011

White House vows to veto bill that overturns net neutrality rules

FCC Internet access rules face legislative challenge.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:53 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/08/2011

The Circuit: Google’s top lobbyist leaving, Facebook execs on privacy, Apple security flaw

Google’s Davidson leaving for sabbatical, Facebook execs on privacy, Apple security flaw

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LinkedIn, Apple, Security, Mobile, Facebook, Privacy, Google

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Google’s head of Washington policy, lobbying leaving

Alan Davidson announces his departure as company faces increased scrutiny.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:22 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Digital Capital Week is in full swing

Tech experts and developers are flooding into the nation’s capital for the weeklong forum.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 11/07/2011

The Circuit: Groupon IPO good for deal sites, Apple pays to keep execs, Chinese firms to censor more

Groupon performance good for daily deals, Apple pays to keep execs, Chinese firms agree to step up censorship.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:29 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, IP, Privacy, T-Mobile, AT&T, International, Apple, Groupon, SEC

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 11/04/2011

House discusses mobile telemarketing bill

The House discussed updating a bill prohibiting mobile telemarketing.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:45 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/04/2011

The Circuit: Groupon IPO; LightSquared issue tangles FCC nominations; cyber spying report

Groupon IPO; LightSquared issue tangles FCC nominations; cyberspying report points to China, Russia.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Twitter, Facebook, Cybersecurity, IP, International, FCC, Groupon

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 11/03/2011

FCC nominees get tangled in LightSquared controversy

Sen.Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says the FCC isn’t cooperating with his investigation.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:31 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Judge allows Sprint suit against AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile

Judge allows Sprint’s case against the merger of At&T and T-Modbile but dismisses some of the company’s claims.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:08 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/03/2011

The Circuit: Sprint, C Spire can continue cases; emergency alerts; ‘wardrobe malfunction’ ruling

Judge says Sprint, C Spire can move ahead with cases; emergency alerts; court rules on “wardrobe malfunction.”

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, Apple, FCC, ATT, T-Mobile

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Court rules against FCC’s fining of Janet Jackson wardrobe error

A federal appeals court ruled against the Federal Communications Commission for fining CBS for airing singer Janet Jackson’s costume malfunction.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:16 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Senate may be nearing vote on net neutrality

The Senate may be close to voting on a resolution to overturn the FCC’s open Internet rules.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:50 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FCC, Net Neutrality

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 11/02/2011

The Circuit: Julian Assange loses extradition case, FCC reform bill, parents helping to bend Facebook rules

Julian Assange loses extradition case, FCC reform bill, parents helping to bend Facebook rules

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:20 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy, Wireless, Kids Online, Privacy, FCC, Cybersecurity

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Parents help underage children lie to get on Facebook, survey finds

A survey shows that many parents know their underage kids have joined Facebook — and many have helped them lie to do it.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:47 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Commerce Department revokes $80M Internet stimulus grant

The federal government’s decision comes amid greater skepticism of stimulus projects

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

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Critics of AT&T, T-Mobile merger see hope in court blocking of tax merger

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/01/2011

The Circuit: Obama nominates Rosenworcel, Pai to FCC; AT&T promises jobs; hacking traced to China

Obama nominates Rosenworcel, Pai to FCC; AT&T promises jobs; hacking traced to China.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:43 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cybersecurity, International, AT&T, T-Mobile, FCC

Posted at 10:48 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Obama names FCC commissioners, both agency, Hill veterans

Republican and Democrat would fill agency board as it moves to redefine itself.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:48 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 10/31/2011

The Circuit: LightSquared lobbyists, cybersecurity legislation, mobile telemarketers

LightSquared lobbyists, cybersecurity legislation, mobile telemarketers

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:25 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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