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Post Tech: June, 2012

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Supreme Court won’t hear FCC appeal #thecircuit

The Supreme Court said Friday that it will not hear the FCC’s appeal to reinstate a fine against CBS for the “wardrobe malfunction” during 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:48 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Kerry: Self-regulation alone won’t protect online privacy #thecircuit

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Thursday that industry self-regulation is not adequate to protect consumers online, and renewed his call for a baseline online privacy law.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:14 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 06/27/2012

FCC: Comcast to pay $800,000 for violating NBCU Venture conditions

The company agreed to the settlement for allegedly breaking promises that it would market affordable standalone broadband Internet services.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:41 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet #thecircuit

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:13 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Congress inspects data caps, online video rules

Lawmakers disagreed over the role of Congress in the fast-moving online video industry.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:28 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Dish Network: We skip ads to protect kids from junk food, alcohol

Company chairman will defend commercial-skipping technology in congressional hearing.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:51 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Teens and cellphone use #thecircuit

A survey reveals that many teens are addicted to social media and texting.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:48 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Many teens tell survey they’re addicted to social media, texting

Nine out of 10 teens text and use social media sites — a good chunk of them daily — but they still prefer communicating face to face, according to a survey.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:01 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 06/25/2012

FCC favorably views Verizon, T-Mobile deal

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:59 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 06/25/2012

T-Mobile, Verizon announce spectrum deal #thecircuit

T-Mobile announced Monday that it is submitting an application to the Federal Communications Commission to purchase spectrum from Verizon in 218 markets, including Washington, D.C.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:53 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Verizon spectrum deal wins over critics, T-Mobile

Verizon Wireless said Monday that it will swap spectrum with T-Mobile, a move analysts say will help the wireless giant gain approval for a separate spectrum deal with cable firms.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:27 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 06/25/2012

DOJ vs. Apple, e-book publishers: Dispute heats up

The Justice Department’s price-fixing lawsuit against e-book publishers and Apple will go to trial in June 2013, setting up a long legal struggle sure to reverberate across the nascent digital publishing market.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:25 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Facebook signs on to California privacy agreement #thecircuit

The social media company pledged to give users clear information about how an app will utilize their personal data.

By Sarah Halzack  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Supreme Court overturns indecency fines #thecircuit

The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned fines levied against Fox and ABC by the FCC for broadcasting indecent content, saying the agency didn't give proper notice of its policy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:36 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Universal Music-EMI merger hearing Thursday #thecircuit

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Universal-EMI merger Thursday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:13 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Google ‘surprised’ that British investigators have reopened probe

British regulators are reexamining Google’s Street View collection of payload data

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 06/19/2012

U.S., Israel, developed Flame #thecircuit

The U.S. and Israel jointly developer the Flame computer virus

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:38 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 06/18/2012

U.S. leads Google censorship requests #thecircuit

Google censorship requests; Facebook to pay $10m to settle sponsored stories suit; Microsoft tablet; E-book pricing; #circuit.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:13 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 06/18/2012

FCC takes up phone safety ahead of GAO report

The Government Accountability Office will release a report July 24 on its review of the federal government’s safety standards for cell phones.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:38 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Consumer groups urge Facebook to ban ads to kids

Consumer and child safety advocates on Monday pressed Facebook to beef up safety and privacy efforts if it goes forward with plans to allow children under 13.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Facebook CTO Bret Taylor leaving company #thecircuit

Facebook’s chief technology officer is leaving for a new start-up

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/15/2012

FCC asks about cell phone safety

For the first time in 15 years, the Federal Communications Commission on Friday took steps to reexamine safety standards for cell phones.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 06/14/2012

House to look at future of video, FCC oversight #thecircuit

Also: Rockefeller aims at cramming; Nokia layoffs

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:00 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 06/14/2012

DOJ video probe highlights more telecom, cable deals ahead

Cable and telecom firms are expected to roll out a dizzying array of managed services for consumers that do not count against data caps.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:20 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

ICANN, LightSquared and broadband deployment #thecircuit

ICANN, LightSquared and broadband deployment

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:02 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/13/2012

DOJ probes cable companies for allegations of quashing Netflix, Hulu

Justice has been investigating cable firms’ limits for streaming Internet video for months.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:09 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Verizon data plans expected to be followed by AT&T, others

Verizon recently announced a new payment structure that offers free texts and calls but boosts billing for data plans.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:16 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 06/12/2012

The Circuit: Verizon plans, broadband, ICANN

Verizon plans, broadband, ICANN

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:47 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 06/11/2012

The Circuit: Flame, online television ratings, EU privacy

Flame, online television ratings, EU privacy

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:39 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 06/11/2012

TV networks to place content ratings on shows viewed online

Families will soon see content ratings for shows that stream online.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:16 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/08/2012

The Circuit: DOJ’s e-books case, Patents, Apple prepaid

DOJ’s e-books case, Patents, Apple prepaid

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/07/2012

The Circuit: Do not track, eHarmony hit by breach, big data

IE 10 default DNT feature, eHarmony hit by breach, playing with big data

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:32 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Cable, Telecoms see data caps as future success

That business model poses a problem for a company like Netflix, which has a competing video product to cable television.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 06/06/2012

FCC’s Clyburn nominated for second term

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Mignon Clyburn as a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission.

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:45 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 06/06/2012

The Circuit: Pandora talks radio royalties, LinkedIn hit with security breach, Nasdaq plans to compensate firms over Facebook

LinkedIn hit with security breach, Nasdaq plans to compensate firms over Facebook

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:51 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 06/05/2012

The Circuit: Cybersecurity, Facebook and kids, special access

Cybersecurity, Facebook and kids, special access

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:12 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Facebook and kids: a business bet

If parents let their children who are under age 13 join Facebook, the numbers offer financial promise for the social networking giant. But critics fear for kids’ privacy.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 06/04/2012

The Circuit: Facebook and younger users, ‘Zero Day’ series, Google acquires Meebo

Facebook and younger users, ‘Zero Day’ series, Google acquires Meebo

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:59 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Report: Facebook planning to build access for users younger than 13

Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed officials, says Facebook wants to find ways to allow preteen users.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:43 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/01/2012

The Circuit: Stuxnet; Google-Oracle; ANA criticizes Windows 8

Stuxnet; Google-Oracle; ANA criticizes Windows 8.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 06/01/2012

The Circuit: Stuxnet; Google-Oracle; ANA criticizes Windows 8

The Circuit: Stuxnet; Google-Oracle; ANA criticizes Windows 8.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:38 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 06/01/2012

AT&T chief Randall Stephenson predicts more mergers, changes in consumer smartphone plans

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson says the wireless industry is likely to experience more consolidation, with firms buying up each other’s spectrum assets.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:31 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AT&T, Randall Stephenson

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 05/31/2012

The Circuit: Internet governance, Google’s domain names, pre-paid iPhone

Internet governance, Google’s domain names, pre-paid iPhone

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:15 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Microsoft Windows 8 includes default Do Not Track privacy feature

Microsoft announced another test version of its Windows 8 operating system with an Internet browser that has “do not track” technology as the default.

By Cecilia Kang  |  05:07 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Google applies for .google, .youtube, and .lol domain names

Google said it has applied for the Internet identifiers “.google,” “.docs” and “.youtube,” with the planned expansion of the Web’s domain name system.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:02 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 05/31/2012

U.S. lawmakers push to prevent global Internet regulation

U.S. lawmakers introduce a resolution to fight against any international efforts to put regulations on the Internet.

By Cecilia Kang  |  10:42 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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