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Post Tech: October, 2012

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 10/30/2012

California attorney general warns app makers over user privacy

Attorney general has warned up 100 app makers that they must comply with state privacy law.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  04:39 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/30/2012

FCC activates disaster reporting system for Hurricane Sandy #thecircuit

The Federal Communications Commission activated its disaster information reporting system.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Carriers brace for Hurricane Sandy #thecircuit

Wireless carriers and broadband firms take action to keep service running during the storm.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Pandora takes a serious hit after Apple music rumors #thecircuit

Pandora stock is still trading down on rumors of an Apple music service.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Group formed to lobby for standardized royalty rates for online music #thecircuit

The Internet Radio Fairness Coalition is pulling for a bill to standardize royalty fees for radio companies.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Samsung infringed four Apple patents, ITC rules

If the ruling is upheld, the U.S. may ban those products from import.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:46 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/24/2012

E.U. hits Microsoft with browser complaint #thecircuit

The European Union officially filed its complaint over Microsoft’s actions on browser choice.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012

McDonald’s removes networking features in some online games

Move comes after a privacy advocacy group complains to federal regulators that the restaurant chain was violating child online privacy laws.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/22/2012

FTC releases best practices on facial recognition technology #thecircuit

The FTC recommends a privacy-first approach with clear security, retention policies.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Google, Microsoft earnings illustrate mobile struggle #thecircuit

The move to mobile is tripping up even the biggest titans of tech.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:34 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Apple, Samsung continue worldwide court battle

There have been a couple of new developments in the worldwide battle between Apple and Samsung, in the United States and in Britain.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:38 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Google earnings go up early, stock plummets #thecircuit

Google’s publisher accidentally sent earnings to SEC early; shares fall on a big miss.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Sprint moves to buy additional stake in Clearwire, gaining majority

The wireless firm has agreed to buy more shares from the broadband carrier’s owner, Eagle River Holdings.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:27 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 10/17/2012

AT&T gets FCC approval on wireless spectrum

FCC lets telecom firm move forward on plan to build out mobile network.

By Cecilia Kang  |  03:38 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/17/2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce comments on robocall summit #thecircuit

U.S. Chamber of Commerce asks FTC to tread carefully on robocall rules.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/16/2012

E.U. privacy regulators say Google’s policy isn’t up to standards #thecircuit

Privacy regulators say Google needs to provide users with more clarity and control.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Google criticized by EU over privacy policy

Regulators call for more clarity, user control

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 10/15/2012

Sprint, SoftBank announce a deal #thecircuit

Japanese firm SoftBank will buy about a 70 percent stake in Sprint.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:32 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Defense Secretary Panetta speaks on cyberwarfare #thecircuit

Leon Panetta says recent attacks in Middle East are worrisome.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 10/11/2012

GAO report: Wireless consumers don’t know how location data are shared

It says wireless companies are not fully explaining how they use location data from mobile phones.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  05:02 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Sprint, Softbank in confirmed talks #thecircuit

Sprint confirmed talks with Softbank have potential to shift control.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Sprint confirms discussions with Softbank

Sprint has confirmed it’s in discussions with Softbank on a possible transaction.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:38 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Huawei maintains wary U.S. partners

U.S. partners are downplaying their relationships with the firm; but so far, no one has cancelled or altered contracts.

By Cecilia Kang  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Japanese firm Softbank courting Sprint, report says

Japanese wireless company said to be negotiating purchase of 3rd-largest U.S. mobile carrier.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/10/2012

China responds to Huawei, ZTE accusations #thecircuit

Chinese authorities called the charges “groundless.”

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Facebook proposes new settlement over ads #thecircuit

Facebook has proposed a new deal with those suing over “Sponsored Stories”

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Huawei, ZTE criticized in report #thecircuit

House panel says Huawei, ZTE are not fully cooperating in probe.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 10/05/2012

FCC frees up cable operators from program access rules

Agency lifts 20-year-old rules on cable program access.

By Cecilia Kang  |  04:31 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Sprint rumored to mull MetroPCS bid #thecircuit

Sprint may complicate plans for the T-Mobile- MetroPCS merger.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:27 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Google, publishers settle book suit #thecircuit

Google and the American Association of Publishers settle long-running lawsuit.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/04/2012

Google settles with publishers

Publishers will choose whether to make content available to Google, ending the long-running lawsuit.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/03/2012

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger, Justin Bieber and Rihanna fan sites and more #thecircuit

Also in the round-up: Justin Bieber and Rihanna fan sites, Web scams and child privacy protection.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Dish Network: FCC too slow on wireless approval

Chairman frustrated regulators are sitting on company’s application to launch a wireless network.

By Cecilia Kang  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/03/2012

FTC: ‘Massive’ tech support scams may have duped customers out of millions

FTC, other governments take action against six firms alleged to have sold fake virus removal services.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/03/2012

T-Mobile, Metro PCS announce merger

T-Mobile and MetroPCS to merge under T-Mobile name.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Bieber, Rihanna fan sites agree to $1 million FTC settlement for collecting information about children

The Federal Trade Commission says that the sites’ operator Artist Arena has agreed to the settlement.

By Cecilia Kang  |  09:30 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple protest child privacy proposal

The Federal Trade Commission gets an earful on its child privacy proposal, advocates disagree

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:26 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 10/02/2012

T-Mobile, Metro PCS talk merger, leave questions for Sprint

If merger goes through, Sprint will be facing a more challenging industry structure, an analyst says.

By Cecilia Kang  |  11:20 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Deutsche Telekom in talks to buy MetroPCS

T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom is in talks with MetroPCS

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Judge overturns ban on Samsung tablet #thecircuit

Samsung will be able to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. again

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Iran lifts Gmail ban #thecircuit

Iranian authorities have restored access to Gmail.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:38 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Ad-supported Internet makes big contribution to U.S. economy, IAB report says

Interactive Advertising Bureau releases report on ad-supported revenue, jobs.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  09:07 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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