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Post Tech: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Google Buzz gets bit, changes privacy tools

Note to Google on its Buzz privacy fallout: Users get really peeved when they feel compromised. Just ask Facebook, which faced a torrent of complaints from users and consumer groups when they changed their privacy policy last December. The move...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 12, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook , Google , Privacy  
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Google broadband plan draws interest, Monday morning quarterbacking

Few companies draw the attention and instant analysis that Google does. Soon after the search giant announced on Wednesday its plans for trials of ultra-fast broadband service, cities including Seattle said they would apply. Rochester, New York said it wants...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Net Neutrality  
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Google pushes Web's speed limits

Google staked a claim on another corner of the technology universe Wednesday, saying it now wants to turbocharge your Internet connection. The company said it will begin in certain test markets to offer broadband service capable of delivering bits and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Google , Verizon  
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Google says email traffic down in Iran

Google said it has seen a sharp drop in traffic among Iranian users of Gmail, and confirmed that users there say theyb are having trouble accessing their e-mail accounts. The company's statement comes after a report by The Wall Street...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Text may be king, but wireless carriers are pushing Internet fees

For all the bells and whistles on cell phones these days, text messaging is the most popular feature for users. And while many are upgrading to phones that have full keyboards and wider screens to text more easily, they aren’t...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  AT&T , Antitrust , Comcast , Consumers , FCC , Verizon  
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YouTube launches filter for online safety

As a parent, YouTube has been a blessing and curse. Loved the free and instantly available Dora the Explorer clip for my toddler son the other day. Less smitten when I clicked on another suggested clip: Dora on Crack....

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Google , Kids Online  
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Bill would bring Internet, e-books to low-income students

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill today to expand a federal Internet program to bring e-book readers and residential broadband services to students. Markey was the author of the original e-rate program, a $2.25 billion annual fund used...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 9, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Open Government Dashboard to track agency transparency

The White House launched today what it calls its Open Government Dashboard to keep track of how federal agencies are progressing in their mandates to make information better accessible to the public. Part progress report, part information guide, the online...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 9, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Did Verizon overreact by blocking 4Chan? Depends on whom you ask

Did Verizon Wireless overreact in blocking 4Chan.org? Depends on whom you ask. Verizon says it didn't block the popular online bulletin board, but "eliminated connectivity" to portions of 4Chan that appeared to be flooding the network with traffic from a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 9, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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Google drops Nexus One early cancellation penalty to $150 after federal review

Google said Monday it is lowering a fee it charges Nexus One customers who cancel service for their phones early following a review by the Federal Communications Commission into the charge. The company said it has reduced its "equipment recovery...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 8, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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U.S. gives $21 m. in broadband grants to connect schools in southern Virginia

The Obama administration announced $21 million in stimulus grants to bring hundreds of miles of fiber-optic Internet lines to rural southern Virginia. The area is the latest to receive stimulus grants aimed at wiring the nation for high-speed Internet access....

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 8, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: Verizon Wireless says 4Chan source of malicous network attacks

Update: Verizon Wireless spokesman, Jeffrey Nelson, said two of 4Chan's related sites (not its main one) were sources of malicious attacks, which threatened the wireless network. He said the company didn't block the site but was addressing the security concerns....

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 8, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Supercomm trade show canceled

Supercomm 2010, the communications trade show for broadband service providers and their partners, has been canceled. The event had been planned for Oct. 26-28 in Chicago. Trade groups USTelecom and the Telecommunications Industry Association said event coordinator Expo Comm didn't...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 8, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband  
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Netflix warns loophole, Comcast-NBC merger could hurt open Internet

Netflix’s main business -- DVDs delivered by mail -- couldn’t be more 1990s. But increasingly, the company’s streaming online video service has emerged as a threat to cable and satellite television providers. The company is now warning the Federal Communications...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Net Neutrality  
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