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Post Tech: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

MPAA Glickman to resign, go to Refugees International

Hollywood's top lobbyist, Dan Glickman, announced he will be leaving the Motion Picture Association of America to become president of Refugees International. Glickman, who has led the MPAA for the last six years, will leave the trade group on April...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 22, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC to examine future of media

The Federal Communications Commission said yesterday it would examine the future of the media -- a beast of an issue that is vexing everyone from local broadcasters to national newspapers to bloggers. The agency sent out a public notice calling...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 22, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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China attacks Clinton's Internet speech, calls 'harmful' to relations

From my colleague Steve Mufson this morning: BEIJING -- China's Foreign Ministry sharply criticized Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's Thursday call for broad Internet freedom, saying that the United States should "cease using so-called Internet freedom to make groundless...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 22, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google's Schmidt: We want to stay in China

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said yesterday that the U.S. search giant hopes to maintain business in China. The remarks, made during an earnings conference call to analysts, came nine days after the company threatened to leave China over claims...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Clinton speech on Internet freedom won't focus on Google and China

Anyone expecting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to focus on the feud between U.S. Internet giant Google and China in an anticipated Internet speech this morning will likely be disappointed. "We are not the foreign policy arm of Google,"...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google , International  
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Comcast-NBC Universal merger is focus of Senate hearing Feb. 4

The Senate Antitrust subcommittee plans to hold a hearing Feb. 4 on Comcast and NBC Universal's proposed $30 billion merger, exploring how the union might affect both consumers and competition in the broadcast, cable and Internet video markets. Comcast CEO...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 20, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bill Gates jumps back into limelight with Web Site and social media

The world's most notorious techie is back. Bill Gates has blanketed social media over the past two days, launching (or in some cases re-launching) feeds on Twitter and a Facebook page. He's also launched a Web site, www.gatesnotes.com, where he...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 20, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC votes to stop cable operators from withholding sports programs with competitors

Update: Quotes from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Cablevision statement The Federal Communications Commission voted today to prevent cable operators from withholding sports programming from competing paid television providers such as DirecTV and AT&T. Analysts said the move, ahead of the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 20, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FCC  
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White House launches iPhone app

Want to watch President Obama's State of the Union address on the go? The White House has launched a new iPhone and iPod Touch application that will, among other things, make that possible for some cell phone users. In a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 20, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Microsoft calls for regulations over cloud computing

Microsoft plans to call Wednesday for greater government involvement in the largely unregulated and fast-growing cloud computing industry. The move, expected to come in a Washington speech by a top company executive, seeks to establish the software giant as a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 20, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Microsoft , cloud  
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Update: More screen time for youth than adults on the job

Youth are spending more time with every form of media than ever, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. They spend more hours on the computer, in front of television, playing video games, texting and listening to music than an adult spends full-time at work. The only form of media young people aren’t soaking up, the study says, are newspapers, magazines and other print publications.

By by Cecilia Kang  |  January 20, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Tags: behavior, cell phones, electronic media, grades, screen time, youth  
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Cellular South to quit CTIA, citing favoritism for bigger companies

Cellular South, a small wireless service provider in the South, has left CTIA, the wireless industry's main trade group, after years of what the company describes as favoritism toward its biggest and highest-paying members. That favortism has turned up on...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 19, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  AT&T , Early Termination Fees , FCC , Mobile , Sprint Nextel , T-Mobile , Verizon  
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Haiti relief via text message, ushering mobile donations

A record $22 million has been raised via text messages by the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti, a groundbreaking statistic that could propel an important new avenue for philanthropy going forward. The outpouring of text donations also...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Verizon Doubles ETFs for FiOs customers of new bundles

From the paper Saturday: Verizon Communications said it will double the cancellation fees its charges customers of its FiOS Internet and television service, a move that critics say unfairly heaps hundreds of dollars of dubious penalties on subscribers even when...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 19, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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