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Post Tech: August, 2012

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 08/30/2012

FTC nearing end of Google antitrust probe, report says #thecircuit

The FTC’s antitrust probe of Google could be concluded in “weeks,” a report said.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:15 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 08/29/2012

GOP adopts Internet freedom plank #thecircuit

The Republican party adopts Internet freedom, blasts FCC in platform.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:51 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Time Warner invests in 1Gbps network #thecircuit

Time Warner is building super-fast Internet in New York City.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Pity Google? Patent case loss to Apple could spell relief in antitrust probe, analyst says

The FTC may rethink its position on Google’s dominance in mobile search, now that Apple has won its patent case against Google partner Samsung.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:42 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Apple v. Samsung: One patent puts industry in a pinch

How one patent victory could affect the ubiquitous function of pinching and zooming images on mobile devices

By Cecilia Kang  |  06:45 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Apple seeks injunction on eight devices #thecircuit

Apple filed Monday to ban sales of eight Samsung smartphones.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:50 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Apple’s patent victory spells changes in smartphones for consumers

Apple’s court win against Samsung is expected to affect the creation of future mobile technology and potentially raising prices for devices.

By Cecilia Kang  |  07:02 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Apple, Samsung infringed on each others’ patents, South Korean court rules #thecircuit

Apple and Samsung were found guilty of infringing each other’s patents in South Korea.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:07 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 08/23/2012

FCC votes to suspend special access trigger #thecircuit

The FCC said it will suspend is rules on special access — rules that control what businesses have to pay for access to the Internet backbone

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:50 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Consumer group asks FCC to require more 4G disclosure

Consumer watchdog petitions FCC to require more 4G disclosure.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 08/22/2012

AT&T speaks out on Facetime, net neutrality #thecircuit

AT&T answered accusations that its policy on Facetime with violate FCC rules

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:45 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald’s, General Mills over kids’ privacy law

Privacy advocates say kids’ marketing techniques circumvent privacy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:36 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/21/2012

FCC broadband report finds many gaps #thecircuit

FCC report finds 19 million have no access to wired broadband.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Commerce names board for first-responder network #thecircuit

The Commerce Department has named 12 members to its FirstNet board.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:16 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Monitoring of federal workers’ computers spooks privacy advocates #thecircuit

Nonintelligence agencies spent $5.6 billion in fiscal 2011 to safeguard their classified information by monitoring work computers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:49 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Justice allows Verizon deals with cable companies, with conditions

Among the conditions for approval, Verizon and four other cable companies must narrow the scope and length of marketing deals.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  10:37 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/15/2012

German officials reopen Facebook inquiry #thecircuit

German officials are taking a second look at Facebook’s facial recognition technology out of privacy concerns.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Verizon admits mistakes in handling 911 outages #thecircuit

Verizon says it devoted “insufficient” resources to the outage.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:20 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Smartphone campaigning has its pitfalls, privacy group says

The Electronic Privacy Information Group released a report saying smartphone owners must consider campaign pitfalls.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:52 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Cybersecurity: Lawmakers urge Obama to act #thecircuit

Following a Republican block, calls are growing for executive action on cybersecurity.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:10 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Pentagon proposes stronger role for cyber-specialists #thecircuit

A Pentagon proposal asks that cyber-specialists be allowed to take action to defend critical U.S. systems.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:45 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Google , FTC settle for $22.5 million #thecircuit

Google and the FTC have settled for $22.5 million, following the company’s Safari cookie incident.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:09 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Google settles FTC privacy case for $22.5 million, agency’s largest penalty

The FTC had charged that Google had placed tracking cookies on users’ computers, in some cases working around the privacy settings of Apple’s browser.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:56 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Social networks for kids face unique challenges #thecircuit

Networks aimed at kids tout themselves as safe environments for children, although they acknowledge that there may be no fool-proof way to block predators.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:04 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 08/07/2012

GAO to FCC: Reassess cellphone standards #thecircuit

Mobile phone exposure limits and testing requirements should be reassessed, GAO study says.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:04 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Cellphone exposure limits should be reassessed, GAO recommends

The recommendation comes at a time of heightened concern about the possible impact of mobile phone radiation on human health.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Obama campaign app maps Democrats near you

A new app from the Obama campaign maps nearby Democrats, repurposing public data.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:20 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Cellphone safety bill introduced #thecircuit

Discussion on the Hill has turned to how cellphones affect health.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:27 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 08/01/2012

FTC proposes tougher kids privacy rules

The online privacy rules would make it harder for advertisers and social networks to collect information about children without parental permission.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:58 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 07/31/2012

FCC fines Verizon $1.25M for blocking tethering apps

Verizon, Google filter apps that let users tether phones for free.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:04 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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