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Post Tech: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Fox to restore Internet videos to Cablevision customers

Fox plans to restore video delivery to Cablevision Internet subscribers after blocking that content earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with negotiations. On Saturday afternoon, Cablevision Internet subscribers were blocked from viewing Fox content online, a move...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 16, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Fox, Cablevision meet to discuss fees as blackout looms

update at 6:40 p.m.: A source familiar with talks said the Federal Communications Commission has urged the parties to extend their talks into early next week if they are unable to come an agreement by thier midnight deadline to avoid...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 15, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Comcast-NBCU merger review expected to go into 2011: analyst

The federal reviews of Comcast’s proposed merger with NBC Universal will likely extend into early 2011, according to Stifel Nicholaus analyst Rebecca Arbogast. One increasingly thorny part of the merger is Comcast's tangle of relationships with broadcasters and competitors. Those...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 15, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Comcast  
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Teens text every 10 minutes, Nielsen says

It turns out that teens are texting pretty much all the time. Precisely, they are on average sending and receiving text messages every 10 minutes of every waking hour of every day of the year, according to a new...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 14, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Consumers, Kids Online, Mobile  
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FCC bill shock proposal exposes carriers to greater legal woes, analyst says

The biggest risk facing wireless carriers on the Federal Communications Commission's bill shock proposal is not so much the proposal itself but that it could open the companies up to consumer lawsuits, according to investment analyst Jeffrey Silva of Medley...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 14, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Consumers, FCC, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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FCC votes to explore cellphone bill-shock proposal

The Federal Communications Commission moved forward on a proposal that could help consumers avoid surprising charges on their cellphone bills, with the five-member commission agreeing unanimously to explore the regulatory proposal. The decision was the first step in a months-long...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 14, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FCC  
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Verizon to sell Apple iPad, but iPhone still in question

Verizon Wireless announced Thursday that it will begin selling Apple's iPad at its retail stores beginning Oct. 28, in a move sure to stoke speculation that the new partnership could pave the way for an iPhone for eager Verizon customers.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 14, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, FCC, Verizon  
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FCC's consumer protection measures short on details, public interest groups say

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday promised to tackle some of consumers' biggest frustrations with their communications services -- cell phone bill surprises and early termination fees. But just how far FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will go...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Consumers, Early Termination Fees, FCC  
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FCC chair takes on cell phone 'bill shock' and early termination fees

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday pledged his agency would work to prevent cell phone "bill shock" and try to make practices such as early cancellation penalties more transparent and easy to understand. In a speech at...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 13, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Early Termination Fees  
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Video calls gaining traction, Pew survey shows

bout one in five U.S. adults have participated in a video call over the Web on their desktops or on their cell phones, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 13, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, Google, Media, VIDEOS  
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Q&A on corporate cellphone billing problems

Cellphone billing problems can frustrate households and hurt the family pocketbook. For companies, errors and hidden charges can amount to big-dollar losses. One out of four employee cellphone bills has errors, according to cellphone bill auditing service Tangoe. The biggest...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 13, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FCC investigates wireless industry for billing practices, announces proposal to prevent shocking bills

The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday it is conducting an industry-wide investigation into cell phone billing practices amid complaints by customers of Verizon Wireless and other carriers of unwanted data charges. The agency’s 10-month-long investigation, which it previously said...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 13, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  AT&T, FCC, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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Ars Technica says Iran blocked it after malware report

Ars Technica said it is being banned in Iran after publishing reports about the Stuxnet malware that allegedly targeted an Iranian power plant. The popular tech and reviews site said Monday that after its Sept. 27 report on the malware,...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 12, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Cars and Wind: What's next for Google as it pushes beyond the Web?

Google, a vanguard of the Internet, has placed its bets on the high-tech transformation of non-tech industries -- cars and wind energy. Why the jump into areas o far beyond its core cash-cow business of searching the Web? To ensure its place in future waves of technology growth, the company says.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 12, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Google, Mobile, Tech for Development  
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Gates Foundation launches $20M fund for tech ventures to improve education

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Monday a $20 million project to fund Internet and other high-tech ventures aimed at boosting the nation's troubling college graduation rates. Through the use of the Web, social networks, games and gadgets the foundation said technology provides new opportunities to keep students engaged in their studies and provide more flexilbity to attend classes online.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 11, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Kids Online, Microsoft  
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