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Post Tech: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Reputation Defender: Online personal data coming from many sources

Michael Fertik, chief executive of Reputation Defender, says we aren't concerned enough about privacy online. And, he added, the focus of regulators and lawmakers about tools online to deal with the collection of personal data (buttons for opting in or...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Apple says it will allow Internet voice services on iPhone, iPad

Apple said it will allow Internet voice, or VoIP, service providers to run on the iPhone and iPad, after concerns by federal regulators that blocking those services could violate open-Internet access rules. The company's decision came with the launch of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: Comcast-NBC applies for federal review, questions about Internet remain

Update: with response from public interest group and rewording on online video market comments from Comcast Comcast and NBC Universal told the Federal Communications Commission today that their merger doesn’t present anticompetitive concerns but offered no new commitments to the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 28, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comcast , Media  
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70 percent of hiring managers say they reject job applicants because of info they find online

If there was ever a doubt that those party pictures on Facebook can come back to haunt you, take a look at this statistic: 70 percent of hiring managers say they’ve decided not to hire an applicant because of information...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Critics tell judge to reject Google books settlement

Critics of Google's settlement with book authors and publishers over digital book rights say a revised deal by the parties falls short. Late Wednesday, groups including the Internet Archives filed comments to a New York federal court. Some say the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google , copyright  
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Apple's iPad sparks flood of jokes, questions over gender sensitivity

The junior high boys' locker room seems to have taken over the Twitterverse. Jokes this afternoon of Apple's perhaps unfortunate naming of its tablet, iPad, flooded the microblogging site, the blogosphere and Facebook. "iTampon," a spoof of iPad was the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Apple's iPad wireless service to be unlocked, partnered with AT&T

From Washington, the most interesting part of Apple's iPad tablet announcement was that the company was again partnering with AT&T to carry wireless Internet service for the device. And analysts are touting the partnership as a big win for AT&T,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Mobile  
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Comcast's Roberts touts NBCU merger, ahead of a whole lot of interest by Washington

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was in Washington this morning, touting his deal with NBC Universal at the State of the Net conference. The Philly-based company filed its antitrust papers with Justice Department on Monday. Those papers aren’t public. Comcast will...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comcast  
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Google Voice finds back door into iPhone

Google Voice found a way into the iPhone. Still not accepted by Apple's closely held applications store, Google made a Web-based version of its call forwarding and phone number aggregation service that allows iPhone and Palm Pre users to access...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , FCC , Google  
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Public interest group urges FCC to reclassify broadband

Update: on Commissioner Copps Quote A public interest group told the Federal Communications Commission it should reclassify broadband Internet services to erase any uncertainty over the agency’s authority to oversee Internet service providers. Public Knowledge said in public comments filed...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 27, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Broadband , Comcast , FCC  
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FCC probes wireless carriers, Google on early cancellation fees

Updated The Federal Communications Commission stepped up its probe of wireless early termination fees, sending letters to all national service providers and Google, with pointed questions about the controversial penalties. Early termination fees, or ETFs, have been a great source...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 26, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Early Termination Fees , FCC  
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Thoughts on how Apple tablet could rub against regulatory concerns

Here are a couple regulatory thoughts on Apple's expected tablet announcement Wednesday: -Exclusive Carrier Parntership: Post Tech's Spidey senses are buzzing after Verizon Wireless News tweeted Monday that a big announcement was coming this week. What could be bigger than...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 26, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Verizon Wireless plan sticks some with unwanted Internet fees

Lori Yonan wasn’t looking for anything fancy in a new cell phone. The decade-long customer of Verizon Wireless wanted to start texting with her children and got an LG enV phone that has a full keyboard to make it easier...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 26, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Technologists agree with Clinton, say Internet freedom wins in long run

Here’s what technologists say about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech on Internet freedom: she’s right. Not only because they agree that cyber hackers should be punished and that censorship is bad. Clinton is correct, they say, that censorship...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  International  
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Sony Electronics' Glasgow to FCC: net neutrality is good for Sony products

Stan Glasgow, the head of Sony Electronics, says the company has hundreds of gadgets, computers, televisions and game consoles at stake in the net neutrality debate. During a visit with the editorial board and reporters at The Washington Post last...

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Net Neutrality  
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