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Data roaming rules: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Thursday to uphold the Federal Communications Commissions rules on data roaming in the face of a challenge from Verizon.

The rules, adopted last year, require larger phone companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, to make roaming agreements with smaller carriers at “commercially reasonable” rates.

Facebook privacy vote: The latest Facebook privacy policy changes are up for a vote Tuesday, including whether to continue to allow Facebook users to vote on new proposals.

The social network announced proposed changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its data use policy late last month. Facebook explained that it would like to change how it shares anonymous user information with its affiliates.

Thirty percent of Facebook’s 1 billion users have to weigh in on the vote to make any suggestion on the policies binding. In the past, the company said, Facebook voter turnout hasn’t been anywhere near those levels. If fewer than 30 percent of users weigh in, Facebook will take the comments as an advisory suggestion.

(The Washington Post Co.’s chairman and chief executive Don Graham is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.)

Group raises Facebook concerns with Irish agency: A student-led group in Europe said it is preparing to sue Ireland’s data protection agency over its audit of Facebook’s policies.

Europe v. Facebook said Tuesday that it has completed its response to the Irish Data Protection Commission and is preparing a lawsuit to appeal the agency’s decision about the social network’s practices.

The group’s leader, Max Schrems, believes Facebook collects too much information on its users, The Washington Post reported. Last year, he asked the company for his data and received a 1,222-page report about his profile. He encouraged thousands of other users to do the same.

When asked about the suit, Facebook said in a statement that its practices have been closely scrutinized by the Irish agency. “The two detailed reports produced by the DPC [data protection agency] demonstrate that Facebook Ireland complies with European data protection principles and Irish law,” the company said. “Nonetheless  we have some vocal critics who will never be happy whatever we do and whatever the DPC concludes.”

Motorola denied injunction: Motorola was denied an injunction against Microsoft and its Xbox game console Monday. The court ruled that Motorola could not stop device sales in the United States or Germany as the two companies battle in court over video patents.

Motorola, which owns the patents, says Microsoft has been using the technology illegally, while Microsoft says the Google-owned company has not licensed its technology at fair rates.

Mary Meeker: Citing the rise of services such as Spotify, ZipCar and Netflix, venture capitalist Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is calling attention to what she says is a trend being embraced by the “asset-light” generation.

Using these kinds of services frees up time and physical space in users’ lives, Meeker said in her annual Internet Trends report, which she presented at Stanford University on Monday evening. Stepping into the shoes of a 25-year-old, Meeker sketched out the life of a consumer who is more focused on services than goods.

In an asset-light lifestyle, she said in her report, “it’s easier for people to get what they want when they want it by buying access to a vast range of goods and services — such as all the movies on Netflix — rather buying a particular object or title.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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