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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 05/16/2013

The Circuit: Consumer groups raise competition concerns over unlimited app streaming

Unlimited app streaming: Wireless companies are warming to the idea of letting some apps stream unlimited video with subsidies from content providers, but as The Washington Post reported, consumer groups have raised concerns that this kind of streaming model could harm competition.

“Allowing a few deep-pocketed partners to pay for preferred treatment will stifle innovation, hinder competition, raise prices over time and give mobile phone companies the power to pick and choose the content you can access,” said Matt Wood, policy director for the public interest group Free Press, in an interview with The Post.

LulzSec hackers sentenced: A British court Thursday sentenced four hackers involved in the LulzSec group to prison terms for cyber attacks aimed at companies including Sony, Electronic Arts and News International, the BBC reported.

LulzSec is associated with the loose Anonymous hacking collective.

The report said that each of the men played a own role in the attacks such as picking targets, getting software to attack company systems, publicizing the efforts and posting the information online.

Windows overtakes BlackBerry: Windows Phone 8 has taken the third-place maketshare spot from BlackBerry in the global smartphone operating system race— though the company still trails far behind Apple and Google, who together comprise 92.3 percent of the market.

According to a Thursday report from the analysis firm IDC, Windows Phone posted the largest gain of any smartphone operating system in the past year by increasing its share from 2 percent of the market to 3.2 percent. BlackBerry, Microsoft’s main rival for the number-three spot ,fell to 3.2 percent from 6.4 percent in the same period.

Immigration: The Senate Judiciary Committee opted Thursday to postpone action on proposals regarding H1B visas for high-skilled workers, The Hill reported. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked to delay the vote on the measures until next week, as he and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) try to reach an agreement on how to reform the visa program, which is aimed at highly skilled workers such as those in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Several top technology firms, such as Facebook, have been lobbying on this issue, saying that they cannot find enough qualified U.S. workers in these fields to fill the positions at their companies.

Google’s Page says legislation can’t keep up with tech: Google chief executive Larry Page not only took the stage at the company’s annual developers conference on Wednesday — just one day after he announced that he has a vocal cord condition — he also took the un­or­tho­dox step of answering open questions from the audience.

 Noting that laws have trouble catching up with technological change, Page said the technology industry can’t be governed by older laws that went into effect decades before the Internet took off.

But he also said that companies should also be “humble” when they make mistakes.

“We need to honest, and we don’t always know the impact of changes,” Page told a crowd of developers. 

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