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Post Tech: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Update: Apple CEO Jobs: We aren't perfect, other phones have problems too

Update: Following Jobs on television and live blogs Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, said Friday in a press conference that the problems of the iPhone 4 aren't unique. And he said about 0.55 percent of all iPhone 4 users have...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 16, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Apple  
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FBI urges FCC to protect its ability to wiretap

The FBI told the Federal Communications Commission that no matter how the battle for authority over Internet access ends up, the agency should not change law enforcement’s ability to wiretap. In comments due Thursday to the FCC on a proposal...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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How broadband can do away with textbooks: Post op-ed

Speed, access and price have been the issues most debated about the National Broadband Plan presented by the Federal Communications Commission. But as important is what you actually do with high-speed Internet connections. One important area is education reform and...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 16, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Corporate America tells White House it doesn't like FCC regs, but benefits from one

Corporate America's long list of "Policy Burdens Inhibiting Growth" include several regulations in place or in motion at the Federal Communications Commission. But even as they criticize certain policies, the biggest communications companies are also benefiting from at least one...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Financial overhaul bans box-office futures trade; Hollywood happy

Financial overhaul bans box-office futures trade; Hollywood happy

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 15, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FCC says CTIA has it wrong on 'bill shock' criticism

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday responded to the wireless industry's criticism of its consumer bill survey, saying the trade group misstated the facts. To rewind, CTIA's head of regulatory affairs, Chris Guttman-McCabe, wrote in a blog Wednesday that the...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 15, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC , Mobile  
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Rural wireless companies tell FCC to unlock phones

Japanese cellphone giant NTT Docomo said last week it will begin to offer unlocked phones to its customers next spring, a move that has rural U.S. wireless carriers asking the Federal Communications Commission to look to Japan and follow suit....

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 15, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC  
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FCC to propose $400 million rural health care broadband fund

The Federal Communications Commission will announce at its open meeting Thursday a plan to create a $400 million program that would bring broadband connections to rural healthcare providers. The effort, supported by money drawn from a $8 billion annual phone...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wireless industry tells the FCC its 'bill shock' survey is bunk

Wireless industry trade group CTIA on Wednesday questioned the Federal Communications Commission’s recent survey on cell phone bill shock, pointing to what it called methodological holes in the agency’s analysis. In a blog post, CTIA vice president of government regulatory...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 14, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  FCC , Mobile  
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Google fiber project gets a Web site, but no winners yet

Google took a step forward on its much-touted effort to build a 1-gigabyte-per-second fiber network, announcing Tuesday a new Web site for the project. The company said it received 1,100 applications from communities to host the experimental networks in their...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Comcast-NBC merger sheds light on future of online video

The Federal Communications Commission focused Tuesday on how Comcast’s proposed merger with NBC Universal will impact the small, new but fast-growing market for video over the Internet. If you listen to Comcast, the company said it has no incentive to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comcast  
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As regulators eye Google dominance, Yahoo and Microsoft make some gains in search

Google is still the king of search, but Yahoo and Microsoft are gaining more headway in the lucrative market. The changes are small, but they come amid increased focus by regulators on Google's dominance in the search market and whether...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Court strikes down FCC indecency rules on fleeting f-bombs

A federal appeals court on Tuesday knocked down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy, saying that the agency's guidelines for fleeting expletives and other indecencies in broadcast violate the First Amendment.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 13, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Video, Q&A with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on policy, cloud computing and leadership

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer met with The Washington Post Monday for a wide-ranging interview that touched on the software giant's cloud computing strategy, its struggles in the smartphone market and its public policy priorities. When it comes to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 13, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Microsoft , VIDEOS  
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Facebook gives one-click protection to U.K. minors

Facebook on Monday introduced a for its U.K. users, allowing them in one click to reach law enforcement responsible for protecting children from abuse.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 12, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Facebook , Kids Online  
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Microsoft's Ballmer in D.C. to sell the cloud; Post Tech over the weekend

Microsoft hosts its annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. starting Monday, which means thousands of business and government clients will be at the Verizon Center listening to the software giant's pitch to move their enterprise technology into the cloud....

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Microsoft , cloud  
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