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Post Tech: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Facebook may delay IPO until 2012, report says

Facebook, with half a billion users, is apparently going to hold off on an initial public offering next year, according to Bloomberg. Here's a part of the Bloomberg story, quoting three anonymous sources: Facebook would benefit from another year of...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 30, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Facebook , Privacy  
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Microsoft plans to protest Yahoo Japan-Google partnership

Microsoft said it plans protest a search and advertising partnership struck by Yahoo Japan and Google by telling regulators in Japan that the deal is anticompetitive and would lock up the market on search and online advertising. In the deal,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 30, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ , Google , Microsoft , Yahoo  
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Video Q&A with Google on privacy, Do Not Track Registry

Alma Whitten, Google's lead engineer for security and privacy, talked about a Do Not Track Registry being considered at the Federal Trade Commission. While a fan of the Do Not Call List to prevent unwanted marketing calls, Whitten said...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 30, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google , Privacy , VIDEOS  
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Justice sues Oracle, alleging it defrauded federal government

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Silicon Valley database software giant Oracle, alleging that the company defrauded the federal government on a contract involving hundreds of millions of dollars. In a news release Thursday, Justice said Oracle misrepresented...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 29, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DOJ  
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Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington; Facebook faces more privacy concerns

photo credit: London Evening Standard Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made his first trip to the Hill on Tuesday, meeting with Republican members of the Senate's high-tech task force and others to talk about Internet privacy and other tech...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 29, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FCC , FTC , Facebook , Privacy  
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AT&T takes your questions on broadband Internet policy

Hank Hultquist, AT&T's federal regulatory vice president, will take your questions on broadband and the Universal Service Fund. Ma Bell, the company that brought you the phone, dial-up Internet, wireless services and broadband Internet, wants changes to the $8 billion...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband  
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Rep. Dingell tells FCC to drop move for broadband regulations

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), former head of the Commerce & Energy Committee, said Wednesday that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission should drop his push to re-regulate broadband lines. Dingell wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 28, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Online privacy and building reputations: Q&A with Professor Turow of UPenn

Joseph Turow, a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks Internet users are woefully unaware of what information is being collected about them and how marketers are using that data. Worse, Turow told Senate lawmakers in a hearing last Tuesday, those advertisers and Web sites may be wrong with their assumptions about users. The consequences go beyond poorly placed, he said. Our reputations are at stake and users don't have enough say to control how we're being viewed online, he said.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 28, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Consumers , FCC , FTC , Facebook , Google , Privacy  
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Jail-breaking law change will have limited impact: analysts, companies

The impact of the Copyright Office's cell phone jail-breaking decision probably won't have a big practical effect, analysts say. For one: breaking open locked devices to download unauthorized applications takes some technical savvy. A separate copyright law prevents a cottage...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 27, 2010; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Early Termination Fees , FCC , FTC , Mobile , T-Mobile , Verizon  
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Sen. Kerry to introduce Internet privacy bill, momentum for federal rules builds

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that he will introduce an online privacy bill that will create standards for how consumer data is collected and used for marketing. It will also give users more control over how their Internet activity and profiles are accessed by advertisers and Web sites.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 27, 2010; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FTC: 200 million sign up for Do Not Call Registry

Consumers have sent a clear signal that they don't want those pesky dinner-time calls from marketers. Some 200 million phone numbers have been added to the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry (www.donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222) since the blocking service...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 27, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Senate preps online privacy legislation as advertisers promise self regulation

A Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on online privacy Tuesday will focus on technologies used to collect and use consumer information and could help lay the groundwork for legislation governing those practices. The hearing, set for 2:30 p.m.,...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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On landmark law's 20th anniversary, House passes bill to make Internet more accessible for disabled

The House late Monday passed a bill that aimed at making the Internet and mobile phones more accessible to the disabled through video captions for the hearing impaired and better descriptions of smartphone screens for the blind. The 21st Century...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 26, 2010; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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'Jailbreaking' the iPhone

Changes in federal copyright laws will allow users of Apple’s iPhone and other smart phones to lawfully download applications that aren’t approved by the phone maker or carrier, according to the Library of Congress. The practice, known as “jailbreaking” has...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 26, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , Broadband , Consumers , Mobile , Net Neutrality , Sprint Nextel , T-Mobile , Verizon  
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E.U. launches antitrust investigations into IBM

The European Union’s antitrust regulators said Monday they have launched two formal investigations into IBM for alleged antitrust abuses in the mainframe computer market. In a news release, the European Commission said it is investigating allegations by software competitors T3...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 26, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Antitrust , DOJ  
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Facebook's quest to grow revenues apace with membership

How will Facebook continue to grow revenue going forward? Gartner analyst Andrew Walls said advertising may be eclipsed by applications that run on the social networking platform. Down the road, Farmville and other applications will flourish, he said, and Facebook...

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Facebook , Privacy  
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