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Post Tech: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Cord-cutting continues: Cable loses subscribers again in 3rd quarter

For the second quarter in a row, more consumers canceled their cable and satellite television subscriptions, according to analysts.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 5, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Comcast, FCC, Google, Media, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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FTC names Princeton computer security expert as first chief technologist

The Federal Trade Commission appointed Princeton University professor Edward Felton as its first chief technologist, as high-technology plays a greater role in business and lives of consumers.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 4, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FTC  
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Twitter hires ex-Senate aide Sharp to its first D.C. post

Twitter has announced its first Washington-based hire: Adam Sharp, a former Senate staffer. The move comes as Internet social networks are facing increasing focus by federal regulators and becoming essential tools for politicians.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 4, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Facebook, Media, Social media, Twitter  
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E.U. pushes for stronger Internet privacy laws

The European Union Thursday announced recommendations to update privacy laws that could make it easier for consumers to delete information about them on the Internet and beef up enforcement for Web sites that violate laws. In its paper, the E.U.'s...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 4, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International  
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Internet privacy in next Congress

By Cecilia Kang A key Republican lawmaker indicated Wednesday that Internet privacy could be a legislative priority in the next Congress, as a growing number of data breaches draw increased attention from federal regulators. Rep. Joe L. Barton (Tex.), ranking...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 4, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report finds light use of location-based services

Just 4 percent of U.S. Internet users partake in location-based services such as Foursquare and Godwalla, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Center’s Internet & American Life Project. But use of location-based services is expected to grow,...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 4, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Rep. Barton pledges push for Internet privacy oversight

Fresh off the election results, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said privacy would be a priority for the next Congress. Barton, the potential new chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce committee, said recent data breaches show the need for...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 3, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Privacy  
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U.K. finds Google broke privacy laws through Street View cars

British regulators said Wednesday that Google broke its data protection laws when the search giant's cars that swept through that country's neighborhoods scarfed up Internet data from residential Wi-Fi networks. In a release, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office said Google...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 3, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  FTC, Google, Privacy  
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Tivo bets against cable cutting, expects Internet and cable to join

Will television viewers choose to stick with their cable and satellite services or cut the cord as more content is available on the Web? Tivo thinks most viewers won’t make the choice but will increasingly use both. In an...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Comcast, FCC, Online Video  
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Rep. Boucher loses, opens uncertainty for tech, telecom legislation

For the tech and telecom industries, the loss of Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) to Republican Morgan Griffith in midterm elections Tuesday creates legislative uncertainty. With nearly three decades in office, Boucher has become a veteran voice on policy issues as chairman of the House Communications, Technology and Internet subcommittee. In the past year, he introduced Internet privacy legislation that balances business interests in data collection with requirements that companies get voluntary approval from users before collecting the most sensitive information.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 2, 2010; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Net Neutrality  
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Google settles Buzz privacy suit, tells users by e-mail

Google on Tuesday said it reached a settlement in a class-action suit filed against the search giant over privacy breaches related to its Buzz social networking program. In the settlement, Google agreed to pay $8.5 million into a fund...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 2, 2010; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Google, Privacy  
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White House Internet privacy committee puts out charter

Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, left, and Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra. Credit: www.executivebiz.com The White House’s inter-agency committee on Internet privacy will come up with a white paper and policy and legislative guidelines in its two-year term, according...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 2, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Privacy  
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Supreme Court questions ban on sale of violent video games

By Robert Barnes Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 1:25 PM Several Supreme Court justices strongly questioned during an animated argument Tuesday whether California's attempt to bar the sale of violent video games to minors could possibly meet constitutional muster. But others...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 2, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Kids Online  
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Breaking down the battle over Internet television

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. There is a fierce battle brewing over the future of television and Marvin Ammori, a law professor at the University of Nebraska explains in this video how several recent events highlight the race by companies...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 2, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Consumers, FCC, Net Neutrality, VIDEOS  
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Google claims in lawsuit that Interior contract's terms favored Microsoft

Google has filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department claiming that the agency favored competitor Microsoft when considering bids for a new Web-based e-mail system. In an action filed with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Friday, Google asked...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 1, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Antitrust, Google  
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Experts expect tech policy gridlock in contest for control of key House chair

Video: Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) says he's confident he'll take over Energy and Commerce committee. One day before Election Day, and with the House expected to turn over to Republicans, at least three lawmakers are jockeying to take over...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 1, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Android surpasses iPhone, BlackBerry in 3Q U.S. sales

Steve Jobs's criticism aside, Google’s Android operating system continued to be the most popular smart phone platform in the third quarter, according to a report by NPD Group. The research consulting firm said Android captured 44 percent of all...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 1, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Mobile  
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Fox wins on fees dispute, but Cablevision succeeds in one goal: getting lawmakers to notice

Cablevision and Fox air their battle in advertisements such as the one above By most measures, Fox won its bitter battle with Cablevision on the fees it charges to retransmit programs. But even though Cablevision isn’t happy with the...

By Cecilia Kang  | November 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  FCC  
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