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Post Tech: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

A short breather

I'll be covering iPad mania on Saturday, so I'm taking advantage of the spectacular Washington weather to take the day off and enjoy the cherry blossoms with my little ones. See ya Saturday!...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Qorvis' Corbett to FCC: where's the competition?

Maura Corbett, a partner at the PR firm Qorvis, poses a question to the Federal Communications Commission. Corbett heads the No Choke Points coalition of groups seeking reforms over the prices the phone giants charge for high-capacity, special access...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 1, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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Foreign journalists in China seek answer from Yahoo on email breach

Yahoo won’t directly address what happened to the e-mail accounts of foreign journalists in China and Taiwan that were reportedly breached in recent weeks. And while most of the accounts have been restored, Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist and board...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google , International , Yahoo  
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Don't Google it, Topeka it!

In a nod to a headline-grabbing stunt by Topeka, Kan., to rename itself temporarily to "Google," the tables were turned on the city this April Fools' Day. Instead of the usual multi-colored "Google" logo, search users were greeted by...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 1, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Internet disruptions raise tensions for Google in China

In the paper today: By Cecilia Kang Several Internet disruptions in Asia this week portend what could be a long standoff between China and foreign search giants. On Tuesday, Internet hackers hit Vietnamese-speaking computer users in an attempt to squelch...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC begins rollout of national broadband policies

Roll up your sleeves. Now the hard work begins. The Federal Communications Commission will begin the long process of creating regulations out of its national broadband plan, starting with a half-dozen policy inquiries and proposed rules to be announced at...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 31, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Google says Vietnamese speakers also being censored through cyber attack

Google on Tuesday identified another cyber attack aimed at squelching political dissent – this time aimed at Vietnamese-speaking Internet users. The announcement comes on the heels of its claims yesterday that the Chinese government temporarily blocked its search engine for...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 31, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Report: Yahoo e-mail accounts hacked in China

On the heels of China's alleged blocking of Google's search engine Tuesday, New York Times Beijing correspondent Andrew Jacobs reported that his Yahoo e-mail account was disrupted, along with nearly a dozen other foreign journalists in China. Jacobs wrote that...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Google says site was blocked in China

Google said Tuesday that its search engine was blocked in China for a portion of the day, the first time the site was entirely inaccessible since the Internet giant announced that it would stop censoring results. The company had said...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 30, 2010; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Potential Verizon-Apple ties highlight device as killer app

Update: with comment by AT&T on its network investments Excitement over a potential deal by Verizon to carry Apple’s iPhone, highlights a trend in the mobile phone industry that the device – and not necessarily the network – is what...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 30, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , FCC , Mobile , Sprint Nextel , T-Mobile , Verizon  
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Conyers, lawmakers promise hearings on privacy law this spring

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and other lawmakers said Tuesday they will hold hearings this spring on potential reforms to the Electronic Communications Act. The announcement comes after a coalition of high-tech giants and privacy advocates called on...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 30, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google, AT&T, Microsoft, public interest groups call on Congress to update privacy laws of cloud, mobile computing

Clarification: Sprint Nextel didn't give information on 8 million subscribers, it was pinged 8 million times by law enforcement for location-based information on some subscribers. Google, Microsoft and AT&T joined public interest groups in a call for Congress to update...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 30, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T , FTC , Google , Microsoft , Privacy  
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Report of Apple-Verizon deal boosts shares, highlights regulatory debate

Shares of Apple and Verizon jumped at the open of trading Tuesday, on a report by the Wall Street Journal that the companies are planning to pair up on the iPhone later this year. The move would end the monopoly...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 30, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Google, Verizon tell FCC to ease off on broadband regulation

Google and Verizon Communications came out yet again as bosom buddies, this time in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal calling for "minimal regulation" by the Federal Communications Commission. In a jointly penned op-ed Tuesday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: FCC, Google, Verizon, broadband plan  
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AT&T, Verizon balk at FCC's merger conditions for SkyTerra

Update: With comments by the FCC As part of its approval of SkyTerra Communications’ merger with private equity firm Harbinger, the Federal Communications Commission tucked in a condition on spectrum leasing that has angered the top two mobile service operators....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 29, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google's China move followed by ... hardly anyone else

Google’s announcement last week that it was shutting down its China Web search site has been largely followed by silence from the U.S. high-tech industry. Two domain name registrars – companies that host Web sites in China – announced similar...

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Google , International  
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Google fiber winners to be announced by end of year; 1,100 apply

Map: source, Google The large red dots show concentrations of more than 1,000 individual responses. The smaller dots represent government responses. From Maui to Maine, 1,100 municipalities across the nation applied to be part of Google’s broadband fiber experiment....

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Broadband , Google  
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