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Post Tech: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Sen. Kohl Probes NBC Universal on Olympics Web restrictions

Update: with comment from NBC Universal A key lawmaker raised concerns with NBC Universal about its apparent restriction of Olympics coverage online to only those viewers who subscribe to cable, satellite or other paid television services partnering with the network...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 26, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Group to rate apps for online safety

In an article published earlier this week, I wrote about how a lack of clear regulatory control has left the rapidly growing field of Web applications looking more the Wild West. Now, Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that focuses on...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple , Kids Online  
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Lawmakers Question Comcast, NBC on Jobs, Online Video Competition

Executives for Comcast and NBC Universal returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to defend their proposed $30 billion merger, with lawmakers expressing concerns that the deal would lead to job losses and less diversity in media. Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 25, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FCC to recommend Congress fund public safety network

The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it will recommend that Congress devote up to $16 billion to build and operate a national wireless network to be used by police, firefighters and other emergency responders. That money would be used over...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 25, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lawmaker, Internet freedom advocates warn Italian court set dangerous precedent on Google

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) called an Italian court’s conviction of three Google employees unjust and said the ruling “creates a dangerous precedent that people who work at Internet companies are responsible for the actions of others.” The Google employees were...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google , International  
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Update: Kevin Martin, former FCC Chair, to fight against Comcast-NBCU

Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will be helping to fight against Comcast's proposed $30 billion merger with NBC Universal. According to the Communications Workers of America, Martin will work for the labor union as a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 24, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FCC chairman to call for sale of broadcaster spectrum to aid mobile users

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Tuesday morning that the agency will recommend to Congress that 500 megahertz of spectrum be freed up to meet the needs of mobile broadband users in the future. Much of that could come from broadcasters...

By Multiplatform Editor  |  February 24, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Mobile  
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Italian conviction of Google execs highlights Internet freedom debate

The Italian court conviction of Google executives for allegedly failing to act quickly enough to take down an offensive online video comes after a pledge by the United States to fight for Internet freedoms around the globe. Google in a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 24, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google , International , Online Video , Privacy  
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Update: Europe launches antitrust inquiry into Google

Update: With comments from European Commission Europe's competition authorities said they have launched an informal antitrust inquiry into Google after receiving complaints from three companies about the online giant's seach and advertising practices. "The Commission has not opened a formal...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 23, 2010; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , Google , Microsoft  
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Apple's purge of sexy apps comes amid confusion over Internet regulation

Apple's decision this week to purge its iTunes store of sexually suggestive applications comes amid growing concern in Washington over which agency regulates the Internet and could have nudged the company to act sooner. Apple said that despite the parental...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 23, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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FCC survey: people are passing on broadband because they consider it to be too expensive

Even though most American homes have access to high-speed Internet, 35 percent of adults surveyed say they don’t get it. And the main reason is that it’s too expensive. The findings were part of a survey to be released by...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 23, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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AT&T, Verizon, Cable Industry warn FCC against reclassification

The nation’s largest Internet service providers on Monday warned the Federal Communications Commission against any possible move that would put them more clearly under the agency’s jurisdiction, saying that doing so could deter their investments in broadband networks. The comments...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 22, 2010; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FTC finds widespread data breaches through P2P applications

The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it has uncovered widespread data breaches by companies, schools and local governments whose employees are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing. The consumer protection agency said it sent nearly 100 letters to organizations that have...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 22, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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German official: Google Buzz "massive intrusion of privacy"

Germany’s Consumer Protection Minister called Google Buzz a “massive intrusion of privacy.” According to Germany's state broadcast network, Deutsche Welle, Ilse Aigner said recently that the social networking tool made too much personal data publically available without properly disclosing that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google , Privacy  
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Washington, D.C.'s CTO works on sales pitch to Google

Bryan Sivak, Washington D.C.’s chief technology officer, has an added responsibility these days: pitching for the city. He's tasked with convincing Google to bring an ultrafast experimental broadband network to the District and is pitching many reasons why residents of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , Google  
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