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Analysis: Lobbyists with government backgrounds hired to help net neutrality

Turns out there are proportionally as many pro-net neutrality lobbyists being hired from government as those on the other sides, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation. In a blog post today, Sunlight said Google and Microsoft, proponents of...

By Cecilia Kang  | July 2, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Government creates more smartphone apps

Obama to the people: There's an app for that. Please check out my colleague Ed O'Keefe's story. By Ed O'Keefe Smartphone addicts, rejoice: Are you counting calories? Concerned about unsafe toys? Worried about tan lines or airport security lines? There's...

By Cecilia Kang  | July 2, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama to announce $795M in broadband grants

Updated: With quote from Obama and background on national efforts to expand broadband connections. Also added: A proposed appropriations cut of $602 million in Recovery Act broadband awards. President Obama on Friday announced 66 new broadband grants and loans totaling...

By Cecilia Kang  | July 2, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Broadband, FCC  
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Lawmakers probe interoperability, price of public safety devices

Key House lawmakers sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday asking about devices that are being used by public safety officials and why it has been so hard for police, fire and other public safety...

By Cecilia Kang  | July 1, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, FCC, Mobile, Spectrum  
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Update: Lobbying document shows pitch for clients to fight against distracted driving

Updated: with statement from Department of Transportation Lobbyists in Washington see an opportunity in the national distracted driving debate and have prepared a pitch to cell phone companies, car manufacturers, insurance and public safety groups to fight against what they...

By Cecilia Kang  | July 1, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mobile  
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Update: Spokeo's consumer profiling prompts complaint to FTC

Forget Googling yourself. Try to Spokeo yourself, and you may be as stunned as I was with what I found.

By Cecilia Kang  | July 1, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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Kucinich to introduce bill for cell phone radiation research, warning label

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) said Wednesday that he will introduce a bill for a federal research program on the affects of cellphone radiation on users. The bill will also call for a warning label for mobile phones, as...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 30, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Immigration patrol steps up fight against online movie piracy

Getting a free and illegal peek at “Toy Story” or “Prince of Persia” on the Internet just got harder, as the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement authorities steps up its patrol of Web sites that stream copyright-protected content without permission.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 30, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media, Online Video, copyright  
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Q&A with cancer expert on cell phone radiation story

The cell phone radiation story got quite a response. Please also check out the accompanying question and answer session with a cancer expert on the topic: "Lacking conclusive evidence one way or the other, studies relating to cellphone safety are...

By Cecilia Kang  | June 30, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Post Tech, unplugged

I'm sick today and won't be blogging.

By Washington Post editor  | June 29, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: White House backs federal plan for more airwaves for smartphones, wireless broadband

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will double the amount of airwaves available for mobile broadband.

By Cecilia Kang  | June 28, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC  
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