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Post Tech: February, 2012

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/28/2012

The Circuit: LightSquared CEO resigns, E.U. regulators urge delay in Google privacy change

French data protection agency asks for Google delay, Microsoft denies filing Google+ complaint.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 02/28/2012

EU tells Google that privacy policy could violate laws, asks for delay

European regulators said Google doesn’t clearly inform users of its intentions and didn’t properly brief European officials on the new policy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:55 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 02/27/2012

The Circuit: Mobile World Congress

The annual Mobile World Congress kicked off in Barcelona on Sunday, and device makers and carriers are at the show in full force.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:28 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/24/2012

The Circuit: EPIC suit rejected; Google answers Bono Mack (again); Facebook users and privacy

EPIC suit rejected; Google answers Bono Mack (again); Facebook users and privacy

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Google names former GOP House member Susan Molinari to head D.C. office

The former congresswoman joins the company as it faces a deluge of criticism over its business and privacy practices.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 02/23/2012

The Circuit: Privacy, privacy privacy

The Obama administration released its version of a privacy ‘bill of rights.’

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:02 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/23/2012

‘Privacy bill of rights’: Advocacy groups, industry weigh in

Many say they’re encouraged so far by the White House approach.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Apple, Google, Amazon agree to post mobile app privacy policies

The California attorney general announced the agreement with the six major providers of mobile software platforms, including Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:24 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online privacy, California, Mobile apps

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/22/2012

State attorneys general: Google privacy changes appear to harm consumers

They wrote Google’s chief executive to express “strong concerns” that the company’s new privacy policies will violate consumer privacy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 02/22/2012

The Circuit: Microsoft and Google; FCC chairman calls for cybersecurity protection; critics ask FCC to block Verizon deal

Microsoft and Google; FCC chairman calls for cybersecurity protection; critics ask FCC to block Verizon deal

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:09 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Critics tell FCC to block Verizon deal with cable firms

T-Mobile and public interest groups said the transaction would lead to less competition and higher wireless service fees.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:29 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/21/2012

The Circuit: Microsoft and Google go back-and-forth, Commerce privacy report expected, Comcast launches minority networks

Microsoft and Google go back-and-forth, Commerce privacy report expected, Comcast launches minority networks

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Pressure on Google over privacy problems mounts

A privacy group is pursuing its lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission to fine Google over a new policy alleged to violate user privacy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:23 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Time Warner, MSG network resolve retransmission dispute

The recent rise of Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin put additional pressure on the companies to come to an agreement.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Spectrum auction included in payroll bill

Tucked into an economic legislative agreement reached early Thursday was a plan to auction off $22 billion worth of spectrum held by commercial broadcasters that will go to consumer networks and public safety first responders.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Public safety network to be included in payroll deal

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has been a strong supporter for creation of the network, which would reallocate the D Block of spectrum for use by public safety officials.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:46 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/15/2012

FCC cracks down on robocall telemarketers

New rules require “robocall” services to first gain written permission from consumers before blasting them with surveys, promotions and ads over landline and cell phones.

By Cecilia Kang  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 02/15/2012

The Circuit: Lawmakers ask Apple about app privacy; Comcast; Obama heads to Hollywood

Apple asked for app privacy answers; Comcast reports earnings; Obama heads to Hollywood

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:13 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 02/15/2012

FAQ: LightSquared

What is LightSquared, and what’s all the controversy about?

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:59 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Lawmakers question Apple CEO Cook about privacy

Federal lawmakers on Wednesday asked CEO Tim Cook if the company does enough to protects user information on iPhones.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 02/14/2012

FCC to pull plug on Falcone’s LightSquared

Federal officials on Tuesday struck a major blow to satellite venture LightSquared, saying the government plans to take away its permission to operate as a mainstream high-speed wireless network.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:00 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 02/14/2012

The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:32 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 02/13/2012

The Circuit: Google-Motorola gets nod from E.U., FCC hearing, cybersecurity

Google-Motorola gets nod from E.U., FCC hearing looks at spending, Senate focuses on cybersecurity.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:09 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 02/10/2012

The Circuit: Google privacy suit, patent squabbles, E-Rate fraud

Google privacy suit, patent squabbles, E-Rate fraud.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:35 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Federal court expedites case on Google privacy policies

U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia said Thursday that it would accelerate a lawsuit that aims to punish Google for alleged privacy violations.

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Steve Jobs’s FBI file: Read the documents (#JobsFBI)

A look at the 191-page document that was part of a background check for a White House appointment.

By Sarah Halzack  |  02:33 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/09/2012

The Circuit: Steve Jobs’s FBI file, Verizon’s cable deal, Google and Motorola

Steve Jobs’s FBI file, Verizon’s cable deal, Google and Motorola.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/08/2012

FTC sued over planned Google privacy changes

The Electronic Privacy and Information Center said in its complaint that Google’s planned privacy policy changes violate a Google settlement with the FTC.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/08/2012

The Circuit: Amazon and Viacom strike a deal, cybersecurity hearing, Sprint earnings

Amazon and Viacom strike a streaming deal, cybersecurity hearing, Sprint earnings

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 02/07/2012

The Circuit: NFL and NBC apologize for Super Bowl gesture; rules for mobile background check apps

NFL and NBC apologize for Super Bowl gesture; Redbox and Verizon; FTC warns about mobile background check apps.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:38 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Verizon joins with Redbox to take on Netflix

They will jointly provide users with online streaming and video rental services starting in the second half of the year.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:34 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 02/06/2012

The Circuit: Facebook’s mobile problem, tech companies remove content in India, bit torrent site closes‘voluntarily’

Facebook’s mobile problem; tech companies remove content in India; bit torrent site closes ‘voluntarily’

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:53 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/03/2012

EU regulators ask Google to delay new privacy policy

Google says it is happy to discuss the issue with European regulators ahead of the March 1 change.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 02/03/2012

The Circuit: Google privacy; Commerce Dept. virus; data retention

Google privacy; Commerce Dept. virus; data retention

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:49 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Lawmakers’ meeting with Google over privacy spurs more questions

On the agenda for Google officials and House members Thursday: controversial changes to the firm’s privacy policy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:19 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 02/02/2012

The Circuit: Facebook’s privacy worries, Verizon antitrust, cybersercurity

Facebook’s privacy worries, Verizon antitrust, cybersercurity

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:09 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Facebook warns investors more federal probes may come

Facebook says in its filing for an initial public offering that the potential exists for additional regulatory investigations that would adversely affect its growth.

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:13 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Google swings back at Microsoft on privacy ad campaign

Google said Microsoft’s advertising campaign criticizing the search engine’s privacy policy change had errors.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:34 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Verizon’s wireless, marketing deal with cable firms to be considered at Senate hearing

A key Senate Judiciary Committee member says he plans a hearing on Verizon’s spectrum deal with cable companies that includes a controversial marketing arrangement.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:38 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 02/01/2012

The Circuit: Cybersecurity, Facebook, digital tools in schools

Cybersecurity, Facebook, digital tools in schools

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:24 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Microsoft ads to slam Google on privacy

In a national ad campaign to launch today, Microsoft says that it offers greater choice to its users and that it isn’t as interested in collecting data for behavioral advertising.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:55 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Lawmakers say questions remain about Google’s policy

Lawmakers said Tuesday that they still have questions regarding Google’s privacy policies after receiving an explanatory letter from the company.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:21 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/31/2012

FCC votes to fund broadband service for low-income homes

FCC approved the overhaul of a phone subsidy program that would dedicate federal funds to bring broadband Internet service to low-income households.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Google responds to lawmakers’ privacy concerns

Google responded to lawmaker concerns about its privacy policy

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:11 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/31/2012

The Circuit: Video Privacy Protection Act, Facebook IPO, Megaupload users get two-week extension

Video Privacy Protection Act, Facebook IPO, Megaupload users get two-week extension

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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