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Post Tech: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Google: for three years we may have collected personal data from Street View cars

Google said it may have collected personal information from its Street View mapping cars.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 11, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Google, Privacy  
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Union Square Ventures wants broadband reclassification

Brad Burnham, founding partner of Union Square Ventures and an investor in some cutting-edge tech firms, thinks that the Federal Communications Commission should reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. In this video interview with Post Tech, Burnham -- whose venture...

By Mike Shepard  | June 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Broadband, Comcast, FCC, Media, Net Neutrality, VIDEOS  
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FBI investigating iPad security breach

The FBI said on Thursday that it is investigating a security breach of AT&T’s wireless network that exposed the e-mail addresses and network identification numbers of iPad users. Many high-level government officials, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 10, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Despondent words from alleged leaker to Wikileaks.org

Despondent words from alleged Army leaker to Wikileaks.org.

By Ellen Nakashima  | June 10, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media  
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AT&T : security gap exposed Apple iPad e-mail addresses, IDs

A&T said late Wednesday that a security breach had exposed the e-mail addresses of Apple iPad users. The nation’s second-largest wireless service provider said that the problem had been fixed and that it would inform customers of the breach. Gawker said the hacker group that breached AT&T's network obtained the e-mail addresses of top level politicians, television reporters and business executives, including White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 9, 2010; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Broadband, FCC, FTC, Mobile, Privacy  
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Lawmakers seek to turn down the dial on loud television commercials

The decades-long quest to lower the volume of television commercials may finally be nearing fruition. Complaints about loud advertisements have been raised by television viewers since the 1960s. The absence of a federal law or rule that would prevent advertisers...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 9, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Untethered 2010 explores media opportunities on the tablet

We've got the iPad, Kindle, and the Nook. What do all these more powerful computing devices mean for the media and publishing world? Next Thursday, June 17, The Big Money, will explore these issues at its Untethered 2010 conference in...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 9, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Pearlstein on the economics of flat rates vs. tiered broadband pricing

Pearlstein on the economics of flat rates vs. tiered broadband pricing.

By Steven Pearlstein  | June 9, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Comcast, Consumers  
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Telecom, tech giants seek voluntary net neutrality commitments

Update: with quote from the Open Internet Coalition The nation’s biggest broadband service providers and high-tech firms on Wednesday said they are working together to come up with voluntary guidelines for managing network data traffic, a move aimed to appease...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, Comcast, Consumers, FCC, FTC, Google, Microsoft, Net Neutrality  
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Public safety groups and their corporate backers oppose FCC network plans

In paper Wednesday: By Cecilia Kang You'd think police and firefighters would be the first to back a federal plan to give them a nationwide wireless communications network. But a dozen public safety groups have banded together against just such...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 9, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Gates Foundation, USAID create $10 million fund for mobile money services in Haiti

The devastating earthquake in Haiti drew an unprecedented surge of donations via text messages from outside the island nation. But on the ground, where many buildings lie in ruins and food is still in short supply, locals face a...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 9, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International  
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Mobile Internet exploding, online ads about to take off, says analyst Mary Meeker

Internet research analyst Mary Meeker delivered a full plate of mobile and online advertising optimism Monday in the form of her 48-page Internet Trends slide presentation. In the Morgan Stanley analyst’s presentation at the Conversational Marketing Summit in New York,...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FCC, FTC, Media  
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New iPhone 4 geared for hungry Internet users as flat rate plan ends

Netflix said at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference that it will debut a free iPhone application this summer. Online game FarmVille will also hit the iPhone at the end of June.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 7, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Clearwire, Consumers, Media, Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Verizon  
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Update: FCC Chair won't testify at Comcast-NBC merger hearing

Kevin Martin, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, won’t testify Monday at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal afterall. In an e-mail exchange, the Patton Boggs partner said the committee invited him through his...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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