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Post Tech: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

For Steve Jobs, meeting with Obama comes as Apple faces increased scrutiny from Washington

It seemed only natural for President Obama to meet with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs during his Silicon Valley visit Thursday. After all, Obama has held dozens of similar meetings with corporate chieftains over the past two years and...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 22, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, FCC, FTC, Google  
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FCC tells Fox-Cablevision to prove fair, honest negotiations

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday has asked Fox and Cablevision to prove that they are playing fair in their negotiations over retransmission fees. In a letters to News Corp. deputy chairman, Chase Carey, and Cablevision CEO James Dolan, the...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 22, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Consumers, FCC  
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Apple's Steve Jobs meets with Obama to talk energy, job creation

Apple CEO Steve Jobs met with President Obama on Thursday in a rare connection for the nation's most valuable high-tech company that has been purposefully shy of Beltway culture. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the meeting took place...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Apple, FCC, Mobile  
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Networks block Web shows from Google TV

Networks ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking Google TV viewers from its Web-based shows, according to Google, in a move that raises questions about how federal regulators should oversee the nascent but fast-growing market for Internet television. "Google TV...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 22, 2010; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Consumers, FCC, Google, Media, Online Video  
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Facebook begins user ID encryptions for apps developers after privacy criticism

Facebook said Thursday that applications developers will be able to encrypt data to prevent user information from being shared. The move comes after The Wall Street Journal found some user IDs -- including names and possibly information about a user's...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 21, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
 
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Google begins fiber broadband network trials at Stanford

Google said Thursday it will bring a beta version of its much-anticipated 1 gigabit fiber broadband network to 850 faculty and staff homes at Stanford University, a step forward in its experimentation as an Internet service provider. Before you...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 21, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Google  
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Netflix moves beyond DVD, tangles with ISPs on net neutrality

Netflix, the Blockbuster-buster and mail-order DVD titan, is now calling itself a full-fledged Internet company and says it may begin to offer online-only video-streaming subscriptions this year. And with its remarks, made Wednesday as part of its third-quarter earnings...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Comcast, FCC, Google, Media, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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FCC to set stage for more broadcast airwaves for mobile devices

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he plans to encourage broadcasters to give up unused spectrum for auction to wireless carriers, an initial step toward achieving an agency goal of making networks faster for mobile phones and tablet computers.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 20, 2010; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Broadband, FCC  
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Pressure mounting for FCC to intervene in Fox-Cablevision battle, but analysts question ability

Pressure is mounting for the Federal Communications Commission to intervene in the fees dispute between Fox and Cablevision. But some analysts say there are legal doubts about the agency's ability to restore television signals for viewers caught in the battle....

By Cecilia Kang  | October 20, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  FCC  
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Silicon Valley Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina on net neutrality

For a sense of how Silicon Valley could be represented on the most contested tech policy issue in Washington, watch these two videos of the two Senate candidates laying out their views on net neutrality. Republican candidate Carly Fiorina is...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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FCC plays tweeting baseball commentator amid Cablevision's Fox blackout

The Federal Communications Commission may not be wading directly into the television contract dispute between Fox and Cablevision, but it's trying to help baseball fans by playing the role of Vin Scully of Twitterverse. In four tweets Tuesday evening,...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 19, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  FCC  
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs: See, we're better than you, Google

Audio from Apple's financial results conference call Updated at 10:36 a.m. with Google response on Twitter: Google hasn't formally responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs's slam on Android. But on Twitter Monday evening, Google's head of Android engineering, Andy...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 19, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Antitrust, Apple, Google  
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No deal on Cablevision-Fox; Sen. Kerry introduces draft bill to reform TV fees rules

Cablevision and Fox will stretch their over retransmission fees into a fifth day, with much disagreement still to resolve as Cablevision customers in New York and New Jersey continue to be blocked from Fox channels. Representatives of the two parties had a brief phone conversation Tuesday and planned to continue talks on Wednesday. But "no material progress was made, and we remain far apart," Fox said in a press release.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 19, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  FCC  
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WSJ's Facebook story draws divided responses

Facebook on Monday acknowledged that applications on its social networking site passed along information about users that violated its privacy policy. The company also tried to minimize the significance of an apparent data breach reported by The Wall Street Journal....

By Cecilia Kang  | October 18, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Fox says no deal with Cablevision; analysts look to World Series as next flashpoint

Cablevision and Fox continued to feud Monday, saying they could not find a compromise in their fees dispute that has resulted in three days of Fox channel blackouts for New York and New Jersey customers. In a statement, Fox said...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 18, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  FCC  
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An analyst's take on Fox-Cablevision dispute

Pound for pound, the battle between Cablevision and Fox appears to pit a runt against a heavy-weight fighter, analysts say. So why is Cablevision fighting so hard against News Corp. in its battle over fees paid to retransmit Fox's shows?...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 18, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
 
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Fox-Cablevision fees spat leaves NY, NJ viewers in dark through weekend

The fees dispute between Fox and Cablevision continued into Monday with New Jersey and New York customers seeing no end to their channel blackout and lawmakers calling for federal intervention. On Saturday, News Corp.’s Fox pulled its signal for Cablevision’s...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 18, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
 
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