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Post Tech: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

AT&T channels -- the devil? -- in explaining why net neutrality debate is over the top

AT&T thinks supporters of net neutrality are crying wolf -- or Satanic light bulbs. Okay, bear with me, I'll explain. It's pointing to extreme "what ifs" that could occur if the Federal Communications Commission doesn't create rules that would require...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 30, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Free Press adviser challenges claim that FCC reclassification would be overturned

Would a reclassification of broadband to Title II be overturned by courts? A former Supreme Court litigator hired by U.S. Telecom to give his opinion says so, but some disagree. Proponents of the Federal Communications Commission putting broadband under a...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 30, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Chat with NBC's Rick Cotton on fighting online piracy

Rick Cotton is corporate America’s lead crusader in stomping out digital piracy. For too long, he says, the Internet has been an unruly playground for cyber pirates illegally buying and copying music, movies, software and other intellectual property without...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Media , Net Neutrality , VIDEOS , copyright  
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Rep. Markey calls for FTC to investigate copy machines' retention of user data

The copy machine has a better memory than most may think. And that's got Rep. Edward J. Markey concerned. the Democratic congressman from Massachusetts asked the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate the retention of documents on hard drives...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 29, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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State Dept. screens video views on democracy

The State Department on Thursday evening will screen the semifinalists of its Democracy Video Challenge, where contestants around the world explain in a three-minutes-or-less clip their definition of democracy. Check out a sample above. It's the second year State...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 29, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Microsoft warns against net neutrality going too far

I dug a bit more today and found some interesting nuggets in Microsoft’s comments about the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed net neutrality rules. The software giant, long a proponent of open Internet policies, isn’t as keen on some portions of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Microsoft , Net Neutrality  
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Facebook careful about privacy guidelines at FTC

Facebook officials said Wednesday that they would support Internet privacy guidelines created by the Federal Trade Commission that companies would participate in voluntarily, so as not to impede technological advancements on the Web. In a news conference by phone, Facebook...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 28, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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US Telecom: FCC reclassification would be overturned

A potential move by the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband Internet services as a Title II phone service wouldn’t hold up in court, an attorney hired by trade group US Telecom wrote in a letter to the agency. That...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 28, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband  | Tags: Broadband Internet access  
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Google filing urges FCC to consider reclassification

Today, I began looking into the thousands of pages of comments on net neutrality filed to the FCC. And in its filing, Google provides more clarity into its thinking on the FCC's authority to regulate broadband providers. To the general...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 28, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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FTC says it is creating Internet privacy framework amid growing concerns

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it plans to create guidelines on Internet privacy, amid a growing cry by privacy advocates and lawmakers to protect consumers from abuse of their personal data by social networks, search engines and location...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 27, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Q&A: Microsoft's chief strategist on China, cyber attacks, immigration

Image via CrunchBase Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, thinks there needs to be ways to identify Web users to help deter cyber attacks. He also thinks it's not as difficult to conduct business in China, where censoring...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 27, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband , FCC , Google , International , Microsoft  
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Sens. press Facebook on giving data to advertisers

Four Democratic senators sent Facebook a letter Tuesday urging the social networking giant to change the way it gives user data to third-party advertisers.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 27, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Consumers , FTC , Facebook , Privacy  | Tags: Al Franken, Bob Bennett, Charles Schumer, Facebook, Microsoft, Pandora Radio, Privacy, Social network service, World Wide Web, Yelp  
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Federal oversight of Internet, broadband providers in flux

From the paper Tuesday morning: By Cecilia Kang The Federal Trade Commission could become a more powerful watchdog for Internet users under a little-known provision in financial overhaul legislation that would expand the agency's ability to create rules. An emboldened...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 27, 2010; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Google on FCC broadband authority: We're staying out of it

Google will stay on the sidelines as others debate how the Federal Communications Commission should ensure its ability to regulate broadband services, the company said in a blog post Monday night.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 26, 2010; 10:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC , Google  
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NAB hires Ornelas as strategy officer as spectrum debate continues

Christopher Ornelas has joined the National Association of Broadcasters as its chief strategy officer, reporting to NAB president and former Senate boss Gordon Smith. Ornelas, who begins May 10, comes from the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 26, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FTC poised to gain stronger hand in making rules with financial reform bill

The Federal Trade Commission could become more powerful with a provision tucked in the financial reform bill that would expand its rule-making abilities. That has the support of consumer protection groups but has also sent the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 26, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC  
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Tech policy influence wielded on Twitter, Facebook in new and blurred arena

From the paper on Saturday: By Cecilia Kang Why pay for a golf trip, dinner or full-page ad when you can tweet for free? The influence peddlers of K Street have discovered the power of social networking on such...

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , Comcast , FCC , FTC , Facebook , Google , Net Neutrality , Sprint Nextel , Verizon  
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