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Post Tech: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Apple rejects app that measures iPhone radiation levels

Apple looks like it's at it again – exercising more editorial judgment over what applications get onto its iPhone. This time, however, the problems are not about bare breasts and violent games. The denied app, according to Israeli startup Tawkon,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 5, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Apple  
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Is your TV an energy pit? The FTC wants you to know

Is your television an electricity guzzler? The Federal Trade Commission is pondering rules that would require manufacturers to put standardized EnergyGuide labels on TV sets. The FTC said Thursday it would accept comment until May 14 on the proposal intended...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 5, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC  
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Lawmakers grow more vocal about ABC-Cablevision dispute

With a bitter dispute over fees between Walt Disney Co. and Cablevision still unresolved, federal and state lawmakers are now getting involved in an effort to keep millions of customers in the New York and New Jersey area from losing...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 5, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  FCC  
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Senate Commerce committee brings back Comcast and NBC Universal for fourth hearing

Comcast and NBC Universal will return to Capitol Hill next week to defend their proposed merger before lawmakers for the fourth time since it was announced in December. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) announced that the Senate Commerce Committee...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , Comcast  
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ABC in New York commends Barton amid growing frustration for FCC retransmission reforms

WABC-TV, the New York provider of ABC shows that could soon be pulled from Cablevision subscribers, agreed with Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) that private companies should settle their so-called retransmission negotiations without the intervention of federal regulators. The comments come...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 4, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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FTC gains full board, expected to tackle online issues

Two Democratic commissioners were confirmed Wednesday night to the Federal Trade Commission, bringing a full board to the agency as it attempts to take a higher-profile role in the digital age. The Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee, Julie Brill, who...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 4, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lawmakers weigh in on Cablevision, ABC dispute

Just days before three million Cablevision subscribers risk missing the Oscars, and ABC shows including Good Morning America and Lost, federal lawmakers are weighing in on the battle between the cable giant and the network's owner, Walt Disney Co. Sen....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC  
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Silicon Valley venture capitalists, execs come to Washington for visa reforms

Immigrants who have started businesses in the United States and created jobs should be able to stay in the country, a group of Silicon Valley executives is telling lawmakers and government leaders this week. The group, which includes venture capitalists...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 3, 2010; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Facebook is growing up, beefing up Washington staff amid more scrutiny

Update: adds disclosure of Washington Post Co. chairman's seat on Facebook's board Facebook is beefing up its staff in Washington, a move that comes amid growing scrutiny over the social networking giant’s handling of privacy online. The company this week...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 3, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FTC , Facebook  
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In Apple suit against HTC, it's iPhone vs. Nexus: Pegoraro

From Faster Forward's Rob Pegoraro this morning: More than three years ago, Apple introduced a new gadget called the iPhone. Chief executive Steve Jobs showed off its elegant "multi-touch" interface and took a moment to crow over its legally sanctioned...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 3, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple , Google , T-Mobile  
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Video: FCC chair on national broadband plan

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 3, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC broadband plan to reach all U.S. homes by 2020 without more money

The Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming national broadband plan won’t require additional funding from Congress to achieve its goal of bringing high-speed Internet access to all U.S. homes by 2020, according to sources familiar with the the agency's proposal. But if...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Google says no timetable to leave China; lawmakers tell firms to stand up to censors

Seven weeks after Google announced it would leave China if the government continued to force it to censor Web results, the company said Tuesday it hasn’t come up with a timetable to withdraw operations there. Google’s general counsel, Nicole Wong,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 2, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Google , International  
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In developing nations, women lag behind men in use of cell phones

The mobile phone has been critical to helping solve poverty and promote development around the world. But in many developing nations, this hand-held technological revolution has left behind a large segment of the population: women. That was among several findings...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International , Tech for Development  
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ABC to go dark for Cablevision NY subscribers as talks break down

About 3 million Cablevision subscribers in the New York area could miss out on this Sunday's Oscars and other ABC broadcasts because of a breakdown in negotiations over retransmission rights, according to the companies. WABC-TV, Channel 7 in New York,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 1, 2010; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Intel EVP Maloney suffers stroke, takes several months leave

Intel executive vice president Sean M. Maloney has suffered a stroke and will take a medical leave of absence lasting several months, the chipmaker said Monday. Maloney, a general manager of Intel's Architecture group, is widely viewed as a contender...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 1, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Internet authority of FCC in question; opponents of regulation speak up

As the Federal Communications Commission putters way at a full plate of issues related to broadband Internet services, the question being asked by analysts, lobbyists and public interest groups is whether the agency will make a move to more clearly...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 1, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Verizon , comcast  
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Gloves off, Microsoft pushes antitrust review of Google

Microsoft has confirmed it had a hand in helping bring about a European antitrust investigation of its Web competitor, Google. Freshly empowered by its search alliance with Yahoo, Microsoft said--in its most vocal criticism of Google yet--that the world has...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ , FTC , Google , International , Microsoft  
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Pew: Internet surpasses newspapers, radio for news

Americans are turning to the Internet for their news more than newspapers and the radio, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Internet & Life Project. They are getting their news from multiple sources such as Internet news...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Facebook , Google , Media  
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