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Post Tech: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

AT&T's top lobbyists tell FCC to punish Google Voice

CORRECTION: AT&T's Cicconi met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's chief of staff, Edward Lazarus. Genachowski was not in the meeting. It's been a few weeks since Google told the Federal Communcations Commission that its voice application is still blocking calls,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hollywood tells lawmakers to back U.S. efforts in copyright trade talks

Hollywood urged key lawmakers Thursday to support trade negotiations that would set rules for policing copyright laws. The Motion Picture Association of America wrote a letter to several lawmakers including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Va.) and House...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  copyright  
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Judge gives preliminary backing to revised Google books settlement

A federal judge late Thursday granted preliminary approval to a revised settlement between Google and two authors and publishers groups over the Internet giant's effort to create a vast digital library. U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin, of the Southern...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 19, 2009; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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AP: Liberty Media's John Malone warns Comcast-NBC marriage could lead to more mega mergers

Liberty Media Chairman John Malone says Comcast's plan to buy NBC Universalcould prompt competitors to explore their own tie-ups. In an interview with the Associated Press, Malone said a combined Comcast and NBC Universal would have too much market power...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 19, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Online Video  
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Television last frontier of innovation?

In just one year, the hottest cell phones went from the flip Motorola Razor to mobile computers like the iPhone. Lightening-fast innovations are taking place throughout technology, except for one area: the television. That was a concern voiced by officials...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 19, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Online Video  
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Small cable, online video companies warn of anticompetition in Comcast, NBC merger

What worries cable and online video companies most about the expected merger between Comcast and NBC Universal? They say the combined entertainment giant would have too much control over a wide body of content. And it could make it difficult...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 19, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comcast , DOJ , Online Video , comcast  
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Reader wants to know Web sites involved in Rockefeller's marketing scam report

On Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-W.Va.) report about aggressive online marketing, reader "sbuck" reminds me to keep up my reader-friendly manners. "I know you're a tech/biz blog rather than a consumer one, but the most helpful thing you could do...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 19, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Consumers  
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TechNet Names Rey Ramsey CEO

TechNet, a bi-partisan political group of top Silicon Valley executives, named Rey Ramsey as its new chief executive. Ramsey, chief executive of nonprofit One Economy, comes to the organization as the high-tech sector show greater interest in issues in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 18, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC takes on cable, satellite on television set-top boxes

The box on top of your television may be holding back broadband. That’s according to the small army of people at the Federal Communications Commission charged with figuring out how to roll out high-speed Internet to every home, make it...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 18, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FCC broadband planners to outline hurdles to universal access

There’s not enough spectrum for mobile broadband. A federal fund for phone service needs to be repurposed to include broadband. Consumers should be told the truth about the Internet access speeds they pay for. These are the problems identified...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 17, 2009; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Rockefeller takes on aggressive online sales tactics, report finds firms misleading consumers

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said that millions of online shoppers may be unknowingly signing up for membership clubs that are bilking consumers with mystery fees that show up on their credit card bills. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 17, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Competitor raises concerns over Comcast-NBC merger

Competitors are starting to speak out against Comcast's expected bid to take over NBC Universal. Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen said last week in an earnings conference call with analysts that he is concerned about a mega merger between the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 17, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Comcast  
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Post Tech links

Post Writer Ashley Halsey's take on teens continuing to text and drive, despite education warning against the practice and more attention on the Hill. We've been following the ACTA copyright negotiations. Check out Rob Pegoraro's take over the weekend....

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 17, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Companies urge FCC to scrap broadband study that favors open access

The cable and telecom industries have called for the Federal Communications Commission to scrap a controversial Harvard University study on broadband Internet. At issue is an assertion in the report that nations that adopted open-access policies had greater success rolling...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 17, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Justice may not find new Google book deal adequate: Sources

Google has moved a step forward in its controversial digital books project with revisions made last Friday in its settlement with two authors and publishers group. A narrower agreement was drawn to mollify concerns of federal regulators. But a final...

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ , Google  
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