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Post Tech: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Facebook Zuckerberg lets it all hang out with goats and teddy bears

After Facebook’s controversial changes to its privacy policies, founder Mark Zuckerberg today tried to allay concerns by putting his own page out there. And what does the world now know about Zuckerberg, the young Harvard grad and Internet phenom? He...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 11, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC chairman's dinner RT LOL!

@FCC_Genachowski LOL Speech Last Night That’s Post Tech’s take on Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski, who employed some Web 2.0 skills at a telecom bar association dinner last night to bring humor to the barrage of issues facing the agency....

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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FCC's Copps, worried about consolidation, to weigh Comcast-NBC Universal merger

Michael Copps, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, made comments in a speech to the Practicing Law Institute today that gives a glimpse into this thinking about the planned merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. Copps, the most...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 10, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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Federal report shows cellphone users are happy but don't like cancellation fees

The federal government’s investigative arm has issued a report on wireless phone services that shows users are generally happy with their cellphone service. But about 15 percent aren’t happy with contract obligations and the penalties charged by their carriers when...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 10, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Early Termination Fees , FCC  
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Mixed reactions, confusion on new Facebook privacy program

Facebook users quickly responded to the site's new privacy features with mixed but strong opinions. Thousands of members went to the Facebook profile page and, using the site's virtual thumbs-up, or "like," function, registered their response to yesterday's announcement about...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 10, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Update: questions about Facebook default for new privacy rules

Facebook today said it will roll out new tools that allow its 350 million users to customize who gets to see, or not see, each bit of information they put out on the social networking site. But one default setting...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 9, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Facebook shuts Beacon advertising program that shares info on online shopping

Facebook said yesterday it’s ending its controversial advertising program called Beacon in which the social media company shared online purchases with user’s network of friends. The announcement was part of a proposed settlement to a class action suit filed in...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Up next in News Corp. paid-news strategy: e-Reader, Fox

Rupert Murdoch, the media titan in charge of News Corp., was clear last week about his view on the future of media: It won’t be free. He said a news business model that relies on advertising and classified alone is...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 9, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media  
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Comcast's Roberts begins merger talking tour with The Post, regulators

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBC Universal executives swung through Washington on Tuesday, pitching their $30 billion merger to The Washington Post and the federal regulators who will ultimately decide its fate. They stopped by The Post to talk to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What the FCC chair is reading: Understanding electricity to inform Web policy

The tech boom that swept across the nation brought on an eruption of innovation, a virtual applications boom that created jobs and propelled the United States into a world leader on the bleeding edge. That tech wave was more than...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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White House new media staffer Stanton brings Web skills to State Department

Katie Stanton, who works on new media at the White House, is bringing her Web skills to the State Department. And how did the former Google manager announce the move? Why, over Twitter, of course. @KatiejStanton Exciting news: I am...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International , Tech for Development  
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Post Tech link: A look at digital divide in back yard of nation's capital

Just outside the nation's capital, in one of the wealthiest suburban counties in the nation, Post writer Annie Gowen looks at digital divide in Fairfax. An interesting take as the federal government takes on the goal of making broadband affordable...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 7, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Broadband , Digital Divide  
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Cable industry urges FCC to include teleco, satellite in set top box review

As the Federal Communications Commission probes a lack of innovation and competition in the television set top box market, the cable industry is urging the agency to also look at how telecom and satellite service providers are part of the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 7, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Online Video  
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