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Post Tech: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Microsoft buster Gary Reback goes after Google on books

Gary Reback, a leading antitrust attorney from Silicon Valley who went after Microsoft in the late 1990s, has a new target in sight: Google. He’s working to prevent a deal between Google and publishers and authors over the rights to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 6, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality  
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Lawmakers move to reform USF program to include broadband

House lawmakers are moving to reform an outdated multibillion-dollar federal fund designed to bring telecommunication services across the nation by bringing it into the digital age. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) have circulated a discussion draft...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 6, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Worth reading: E.U. net neutrality, cable slams stimulus, Steve Jobs is Fortune's guy

Europeans adopt net neutrality regulations, says the New York Times. Cable's top lobbyist says broadband stimulus funds were misdirected, on Internetnews.com. Namaste, Mr. CEO, Fortune names Steve Jobs top exec of decade....

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 6, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Technology for diplomacy: A chat with State's Alec Ross

In Congo, e-mails and text messages are being used to warn women and children of attacking rebels nearby. In sub-Saharan Africa, text messages are instructing people how to take HIV medications. In Iran, an online video from President Obama to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International  
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Secret Internet copyright talks raise concerns

A secret trade negotiation going on in Seoul, South Korea this week could lead to your Internet service provider snooping in on your Web activity. That’s the fear held by some civil rights and public interest groups, which complained to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 5, 2009; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  AT&T , Consumers , Verizon  
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Sprint won't change early termination fees

In response to Verizon Wireless' unpopular announcement that it will double its cancellation fees for smart phone subscribers, Sprint Nextel took the opportunity to say it would not be following suit. Instead, Sprint subscribers with two-year contracts will still be...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 5, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Consumers , FCC , FTC , Mobile , Verizon  
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Concerns of Internet and kids, look to phone applications: group

In addition to TVs, Mp3 players and video game consoles shaping the lives of children, add the cell phone. Scores of applications for smart phones like the iPhone are being downloaded by young children. With 100,000 applications easily downloaded from...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , FTC , Kids Online , Mobile  
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Has the Web really turned us into loners? A new study questions that conventional thinking

Maybe the Internet isn’t turning us into loners after all. According to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, an increased use of the Web, mobile phones and other consumer technologies hasn’t made us more...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 5, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Consumers , Online Anthropology  
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Update: Verizon jacks up early cancellation fees on smart phones

With a whole new line of smart phones coming onto the market, Verizon Wireless says that starting November 15 it is doubling to $350 the penalty fees for subscribers who leave their contracts early. James Gerace, a spokesman for Verizon...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 4, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumers , Verizon  
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Google boosts spending on lobbying

Google spent more than $1 million on lobbying in Washington in the third quarter, according to a report by The Associated Press. That's a 50 percent increase from the July-September period last year, according to a recent disclosure statement, the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 4, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality  
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New York sues Intel over bullying, bribes

New York's attorney general filed a suit Wednesday against Intel for allegedly forcing or paying kickbacks to computer manufacturers to use their chips over those of rivals. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, and comes...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , FTC  
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The Underestimated Mignon Clyburn

Before Mignon Clyburn joined the Federal Communications Commission last July, she hadn’t spent more than two weeks in a row outside of her native South Carolina. But that didn't stop some in Washington from thinking they had her figured out....

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 4, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Broadband , Consumers , Digital Divide , Mobile , Net Neutrality  
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Mob Wars beware: Cisco's got its game on

Because teens in basements across the nation have wondered what a day in the life of a telecommunications service provider CEO would be like, Cisco has created an online game called myPlanNet to let them step in the shoes of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 3, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband  
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FCC Moves on Spectrum Draw New Attention to Washington

Few issues have technology and telecommunications companies in rapt attention and at the mercy of the federal government like spectrum policy. Those companies are watching closely as the Federal Communications Commission appears to be working to covert much-coveted radio waves...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 3, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Potential Comcast bid for NBC raises regulatory questions

Analysts are betting that a bid by Comcast to take over NBC Universal would probably be approved by regulators in Washington but with lots of conditions. A merger would also raise a host of regulatory questions as the cable giant...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 3, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Net Neutrality , Online Video  
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Google, Keep Safe Coalition Launch Tour on Capitol Hill About Child Internet Safety

Google and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a group formed by Utah's former first lady Jacalyn S. Leavitt, will host a panel tomorrow on Capitol Hill on Internet safety for children. Here's one of several videos they've put together to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 2, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Google , Kids Online  
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Biggest Net Neutrality boosters question FCC proposal

The strength or weakness of a proposed Internet rule, known as net neutrality, could rest in the interpretation of just one word: "reasonable." The way that word is defined can tilt fortunes in the Web economy and set the course...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 2, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Broadband , Net Neutrality  
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