Faster Forward: Policy and politics

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Bamboom brings local TV to the cloud, but its legal forecast may be cloudy, too

Cord cutting — firing your cable or satellite TV service and switching to such alternatives as over-the-air broadcasts and Internet viewing — has a lot of appeal but can be tricky to carry out. A

By Rob Pegoraro  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011

‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ asks an awkward question: Who made your gadgets?

Mike Daisey’s “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” raises troubling questions about the factories in which Apple’s (and other firms’) gadgets are manufactured.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Google looks to cultivate its own patent thicket

Google just looked up “How do you defend against patent lawsuits?” The Mountain View, Calif., company has won a first round of bidding on the patent portfolio of the bankrupt telecom firm Nortel Networks

By Rob Pegoraro  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 03/30/2011

FTC’s lesson for Google: defaults, design matter

The Federal Trade Commission busted Google Buzz Wednesday morning, accusing the Mountain View, Calif., firm of using “deceptive tactics” in its launch of Buzz.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  04:46 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 03/23/2011

‘Gay cure,’ DUI-checkpoint apps latest tech-policy football

One iPhone app has gotten the boot and another set looks endangered--but you can’t blame Apple for either of these moves.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  02:50 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 PM ET, 03/20/2011

AT&T wants to buy T-Mobile

The second-biggest wireless carrier would get bigger and your choice for wireless service would get smaller should AT&T carry out its plan, announced Sunday afternoon, to buy T-Mobile USA

By Rob Pegoraro  |  10:54 PM ET, 03/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Watson plays 'Jeopardy!' with members of Congress

Holt, a five-time Jeopardy winner and nuclear physicist, was the only member to beat Watson in a round of the game, earning $8,600 to Watson's $6,200. Overall, Watson pulled in $40,300 to the members' $30,000.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)