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Post Tech: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Car meets the Web at CES, raising concerns about distracted driving

Walk into some of the exhibits at the Consumer Electronics Show and it feels like you might be at the Detroit Auto Show instead. For example, Ford has a lineup of cars decked out with the company’s new Internet dashboards...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 9, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FCC Chairman questions Verizon on early cancellation fees

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Friday that Verizon Wireless's recent response to the FCC's query into contract cancellation fees "raised more questions than answered them." Verizon said last month that it decided to increase its early termination...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  January 8, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Early Termination Fees , Verizon  
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Touring CES with Aneesh Chopra

National Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra discusses some of the exciting new innovations at CES that allow the public to interact with the government as he walks the convention center floor Thursday in Las Vegas. -- Cecilia Kang...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  January 8, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chat with Verizon Wireless CTO Lynch on end of all-you-can-eat pricing

Verizon Wireless imagines that its coming LTE mobile broadband network will run all kinds of devices such as tablet computers, home appliances, automobiles, smart phones and televisions that you may not necessarily get from a Verizon store. And because so...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Federal CTO Chopra, CEA's Shapiro hash out government role in tech

Aneesh Chopra, President Obama’s chief technology officer, and Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Electronics Association, agree that there are things the government should do to spur the digital economy. But they don't see eye to eye on many issues...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 7, 2010; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Lots of iPhone/AT&T woes at CES

UPDATED with AT&T comment: At the world's largest high-tech show and tell, many are complaining about their iPhone service. Throughout the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there were many faces and expressions of frustration. Kelly Vaughn, who works for...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 7, 2010; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Skype brings calls, video to living room couch

So my husband does this goofy thing nearly every Saturday, when he watches the games of his favorite Turkish soccer team, Besiktas, from our living room couch in Bethesda, MD. Then he flips open his laptop and runs a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 7, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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Obama Girl spotted at CES party

Obama girl made an appearance last night at a party by Boxee, an Internet television provider. This is just one example of evidence of the growing ties between the tech world and Washington. Want more about the Washington, technology...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  January 7, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cocktail conversation on CES party circuit: Washington, tech policy

In a penthouse suite at the Planet Hollywood hotel in Las Vegas, a designer denim- and black t-shirt-clad crowd of online entertainment and video executives and developers shook hands and exchanged cards and Twitter handles. They also talked about how...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC asks Congress to extend deadline for broadband plan by one month

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it won't meet the deadline set by Congress to create a plan to bring affordable high-speed Internet access to all U.S. homes. Instead, it has asked Congress to extend the deadline by one month....

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 6, 2010; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Justice Dept. to take up antitrust review of Comcast-NBC deal

Comcast's proposed $30 billion merger with NBC Universal will be reviewed by the Justice Department for potential antitrust violations, according to sources. The merger will also be reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission for the transfer for broadcast licenses and...

By Washington Post editor  |  January 6, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Antitrust , Comcast , FCC  
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Vegas, Baby

Post Tech will be temporarily quiet and en route to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Won't be there in time for the Wednesday keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. As a tribute, here is one of our all-time...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More hearings in works for Comcast-NBC Universal merger

On top of a planned hearing by a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, other House and Senate panels are gearing up for their own reviews of Comcast's $30 billion merger with NBC Universal, according to sources. The sources said the House communications,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , Comcast , FCC , FTC , Online Video  
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Google on Apple's purchase of Quattro: look, competition

Google's release of its smart phone, Nexus One, today shows how everyone in the tech industry is getting into the wireless space. And make no mistake, much of the race is for future advertising dollars on mobile devices. In a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , FTC , Google  
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Google Nexus One phone sold directly, partly unlocked on carrier networks

Google unveiled Tuesday afternoon its Nexus One smartphone, a wireless device meant to compete with Apple's iPhone that will initially be partnered with T-Mobile's wireless data network. In the spring of this year, it will be also available on Verizon...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC's McDowell on broadband plan, white spaces, Google as administrator

Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell said during an interview taped today for C-Span’s "The Communicators" that it is unclear whether the national broadband plan being prepared by the agency will be voted on by commissioners. And he said that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality  
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At CES, tech geeks will meet the feds

Tech geeks, meet the feds. That will be a notable theme emerging from the Consumer Electronics Show that begins Thursday in Las Vegas. The Obama administration’s top technology officials, regulators and lawmakers will attend the high-tech industry’s biggest trade show...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Update: Sen. Kohl to hold antitrust hearing on Comcast-NBC Universal merger

Senate lawmakers will hold a hearing late this month or early February to review how Comcast’s $30 billion merger with NBC Universal could affect consumers and competition in the media and communications industries. The Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media , Online Video  
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Broadcasters to unveil mobile TV plans at CES in battle over spectrum

Television broadcasters have said they need to keep over-the-air television spectrum for future plans to bring digital television to mobile devices. It's a strategy that the much-beleaguered industry believes will create new revenue streams along with greater entertainment and news...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Spectrum  
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Google asks to build, oversee FCC's white spaces database

Google proposed to the Federal Communications Commission Monday that it build and oversee a white spaces database for mobile broadband services. The Internet search giant, along with Microsoft and Dell, have backed the use of white spaces -- unlicensed spectrum...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DOJ calls for FCC to release spectrum, focus on wireless broadband

The Department of Justice said wireless broadband services may be an attractive option for users without high-speed Internet access and could provide more competition to cable, fiber and DSL services. But such options can’t be possible unless federal regulators release...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 4, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Antitrust , Broadband , DOJ , FCC  
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Bono calls on ISPs to protect movie, television industries online

Amid a cacophony of arguments for and against online pay models for television shows and movies, a familiar crooner is weighing in on the debate. U2 frontman, Bono, wrote in a New York Times guest op-ed, that someone needs to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 4, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Online Video  
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Update: FTC to Facebook: We aren't movie business, we don't greenlight privacy policies

Update: Facebook issues response, clarifying that it didn't seek approval from FTC for new privacy policy. Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, wants to clear the air about Facebook's new privacy policy and the company's recent suggestion that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook , Privacy  
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Welcome to 2010: what's up this week

Update:With link to Ammori's paper on TV Everywhere Happy 2010s (that's twenty-tens, thank you), and the new decade begins with a ton of tech policy news this week. ANTITRUST and ONLINE VIDEO-- Public interest groups, led by Free Press, are...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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