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Post Tech: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Thanks for reading, happy new year!

UPDATED at 10:03 a.m. Dec. 28 with link. It's been a thrilling few months since Post Tech's launch. Thanks to my many readers for making net neutrality, spectrum policy, online video competition, and exclusive handset deals so fun to cover....

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 24, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC's Clyburn criticizes Verizon Wireless' justification for doubling fees

Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn said Wednesday that Verizon Wireless’ justifications for raising the fines it charges for canceled contracts are “unsatisfying and, in some cases, troubling.” Clyburn, a Democratic commissioner, criticized the company's response to an inquiry by...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 23, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FTC prolongs review of Google-AdMob merger, asks for more details

The Federal Trade Commission has asked for more information from Google about its acquisition of mobile phone advertising platform AdMob, according to Google. The FTC is looking into potential antitrust violations as part of a regulatory review of the merger....

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 23, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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BlackBerry says new software caused Tuesday outage

BlackBerry users in North America went hours without the ability to tap away at e-mails Tuesday, after a flaw in recently released versions of the device’s Messenger software somehow disrupted service. BlackBerry phones have faced recent competition by competitors such...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 23, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Kohl, Hatch call on FCC to give spectrum to new wireless carriers

Key Senate lawmakers overseeing competition and antitrust called on the Federal Communications Commission to put spectrum already in the agency’s inventory into the hands of new wireless carriers to promote competition among broadband Internet providers. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), chairman...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 23, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Act Two for FCC's Meredith Attwell Baker

Meredith Attwell Baker may be a junior member of the Federal Communications Commission, but she's no stranger to technology policy debates. As the Bush administration’s point person on telecommunications policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, she headed a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 23, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC  
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Obama picks Bush adviser as cybersecurity czar

Post colleagues Ellen Nakashima and Debbi Wilgoren write about the White House's pick for new cybersecurity czar. Read the whole story here. Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 22, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google posts manifesto on open Internet

Google has come to symbolize a crusade by some in the high-tech sector for open Internet policies. But even within the Silicon Valley search giant, the concept of open Internet practices isn’t always clear. Yesterday, Google’s senior vice president for...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google , Net Neutrality  
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Apple to pair with CBS, Walt Disney to take on cable, satellite: WSJ

Apple, the company that has dominated digital music distribution, may be taking on television, according to The Wall Street Journal. Such a move could transform the cable and satellite television landscape as more users turn to watching their favorite shows...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple , Comcast , Online Video  
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The different faces of the FCC ... on an M&M near you

Are you angry as heck at the prospect of losing spectrum? Or so mad about net neutrality that you want to bite the head off of a member of the Federal Communications Commission? Or maybe you've always wanted a candy...

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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