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Post Tech: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

After midterms, net neutrality take a hit

If the forecast of strong Republican gains in Congress holds true Nov. 2, the battle over net neutrality -- the most contentious tech policy issue -- isn't likely to be resolved anytime soon. Net neutrality -- the idea that all...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 28, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  FCC, FTC, Google, Microsoft, Net Neutrality, Privacy  
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Verizon Wireless pays FCC $25M for years of false data charges

Photo: Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission photo credit: UPI The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it has reached a record $25 million settlement with Verizon Wireless over the company’s false charges of "mystery" Internet fees...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 28, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  FCC, Verizon  
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Google Street View privacy flap shows growing rift between U.S., E.U.

By Cecilia Kang The federal government has ended an inquiry into a privacy breach involving Google's Street View service, satisfied with the company's pledge to stop gathering e-mail, passwords and other information from residential WiFi networks as it rolls through...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 28, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Consumer financial protection head visits Google, Silicon Valley firms

Elizabeth Warren took her coming Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection on a Silicon Valley road show this week. Meeting with Google and other high-tech firms, a treasury official said that she will give a speech Thursday at the University...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 27, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cablevision subscribers shut out for game one of World Series

Cablevision viewers won't be able to watch the first game of the World Series on Wednesday, after Fox rejected the cable service's offer for retransmission fees. The negotiation breakdown has cut off nearly 3 million viewers from Fox shows for...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 27, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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FTC drops inquiry into Google Street View flap

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday told Google that it has ended an inquiry into a privacy breach from the company's collection of e-mail, URL and passwords through its Street View mapping cars.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 27, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Google, Privacy  
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Group gives Obama administration poor grades on Internet privacy

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC (Courtesy of EPIC) The Electronic Privacy and Information Center delivered average to poor grades to the Obama administration on consumer privacy issues, saying in its annual privacy report card that the federal government...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 27, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Facebook, Google, Privacy  
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Cablevision, Fox dispute ratchets up ahead of World Series; FCC says stop the "stunts"

Cablevision and News Corp.’s spat over television fees just ratcheted up a notch with both sides continuing attacks through press releases as some New York and New Jersey viewers enter their 10th day of being blocked from Fox shows. News Corp., which owns Fox, on Tuesday sent a cease and desist letter to Cablevision after the New York Daily News reported that a representative of the cable service told a customer to get major league sports games on pirated Web sites.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 26, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  FCC  
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Video: Google CEO on Street View

Here's the CNN clip with Google CEO Eric Schmidt's comments about the search giant's Street View application. When asked by by CNN's Kathleen Parker whether a search on Google can lead someone straight to her door, Schmidt said, "We've...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 26, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Google, Privacy  
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Amazon wins suit to block N. Carolina's demands for customer information

Amazon has won its First Amendment lawsuit against North Carolina’s tax collectors, blocking the state’s demands for customer names, addresses and other personal data during an audit. In her finding released on Monday, U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District of Washington at Seattle wrote:

By Cecilia Kang  | October 26, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Update: Google CEO Schmidt says he 'misspoke' on Street View privacy concerns

Update at 11:55 a.m.: quote from Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google Google on Tuesday released a statement by CEO Eric Schmidt saying he "misspoke" during an interview last week on CNN, when he said users concerned with its Street View...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 26, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FTC, Google, Privacy  
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What's Bloomberg's beef with Comcast NBC merger? The TV Dial

Why does Bloomberg, best known for its financial terminals, care about the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal? The television dial. Specifically, Bloomberg is concerned that a merger of the cable and media giants could relegate rivals -- such...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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White House forms federal committee on Internet, privacy policy

The Obama administration has formed a subcommittee drawn from various parts of the federal government to advise the White House on regulatory and legislative issues for the Web.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 25, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  FTC, Facebook, Google, Privacy  
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Google 'mortified' that Street View cars scarfed up e-mail, passwords; privacy criticism intensifies

update at 2 p.m.: with comments by Google spokesperson disputing Consumer Watchdog statement; Rep. Ed Markey says episode "disturbing" and calls for more scrutiny It turns out Google’s Street View cars found out more about Internet users than previously...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  FTC, Google, Privacy  
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Washington Post editorial: Comcast-NBCU merger without net neutrality conditions

The Washington Post's editorial board said federal regulators reviewing Comcast's merger with NBC Universal should resist placing conditions such as "net neutrality" on the union. As part of the newsroom, Post Tech, has no view on this or any opinion...

By Cecilia Kang  | October 25, 2010; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comcast, FCC  
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