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Post Tech: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

FCC's net neutrality, merger decisions could set the dial on future of TV

America's beloved television is getting an extreme Internet makeover, and questions over what shows viewers will get online and how much they pay for them could soon be resolved by the Federal Communications Commission. Over the next few weeks, the...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 17, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, Comcast, Consumers, DOJ, FCC, Google, Media, Mobile, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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Brightcove CEO Allaire talks net neutrality, Internet video and why Apple's the one to watch

Brightcove delivers videos over the Internet for media giants Fox Entertainment, Discovery Communications and Sony Music. The company has been watching net neutrality developments at the Federal Communications Commission, and its chief executive says it’s early to draw up...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 17, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Broadband, Comcast, FCC, Google, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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The Circuit: Google faces EU, privacy board appointments; Level 3 weighs in on merger

Google vs. the EU, Level 3 takes on the merger, Pres appoints two to privacy board and more.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 17, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust, Comcast, Consumers, FCC, FTC, Facebook, Google, International, Privacy, Social media, Twitter  
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Comcast asks for limited online video conditions to merger with NBC

A senior Comcast executive told the Federal Communication Commission Wednesday that if the agency includes online video among conditions for regulatory approval of the company’s proposed merger with NBC Universal, those provisions should be narrowly tailored. The remarks by Comcast...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comcast, DOJ, FCC, Online Video  
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Sen. Hutchison moves to block funds for FCC on net neutrality rules

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), ranking member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee filed an amendment to an appropriations bill aimed at preventing the Federal Communications Commission from adopting net neutrality regulation. Hutchison's amendment, co-signed by John Ensign (R-Nev.)...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Rep. Walden tweets in Morse code that he will chair high-tech subcommittee

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will be the next chairman of the House subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, and like many lawmakers, he broke the news on Twitter. But Walden, a former radio station owner, had his own tweeting...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lawmakers take up debate on net neutrality rules

With the Federal Communications Commission in private deliberations over net neutrality rules, the debate over the proposal has moved to Capitol Hill. Lawmakers from both parties are sending letters this week to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and the other four...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Pearlstein hits back at Google on antitrust

Google picked apart a column by The Post's Steven Pearlstein about growing antirust concerns swirling around the search giant. Post Tech wanted to hear more and asked Pearlstein to respond. Here's his take: Google has done a good job at...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Antitrust, Google  
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Obama Administration calls for 'Privacy Bill of Rights'

The Obama administration released recommendations Thursday to better protect consumer privacy on the Internet, creating baseline guidelines for how companies treat user data and emboldening federal agencies to enforce privacy protections. A consumers' "Privacy Bill of Rights" would create a...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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The Circuit: NTIA privacy report, Comcast stock, Facebook sales

News on the NTIA privacy report, Comcast stock, Facebook sale, Google Fiber and studies on internet usage and cell phone purchases.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 16, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Broadband, Comcast, FCC, FTC, Facebook, Google, Media, Social media, Twitter  
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President's advisory group finds most federal IT funds being misused

Every year, federal agencies get roughly $4 billion for research and development of information technology. The goal of that funding is to bring the best available networking and communications technology into government. But an independent study by the President’s Council...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Net neutrality expected to pass, investment analyst says

Investment analyst Rebecca Arbogast believes proposed net neutrality rules, now being considered in private deliberation by members of the Federal Communications Commission, will be approved with some tweaks.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 15, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Google responds to The Post's Pearlstein on antitrust concerns

Google responds to The Post's Pearlstein on antitrust concerns

By Cecilia Kang  | December 15, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Antitrust, Google  
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The Circuit: Tech CEOs at the White House, more Yahoo woes

Tech CEOs meet the president: CEOs from top tech companies will head to the White House Wednesday morning, including Google's Eric Schmidt, Cisco's John Chambers and John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to discuss ways to foster jobs...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 15, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  AT&T, Antitrust, Comcast, DOJ, Privacy, Social media, Yahoo  
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Venture capital investors weigh in on FCC's net-neutrality plans with differing views

Venture capital investors are closely following the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality proposal and offering differing opinions on what the rules could mean for their investments. Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures in New York thinks his portfolio companies that...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  AT&T, Comcast, FCC, Mobile, Net Neutrality, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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Google, Cisco, Kleiner, high-tech heavyweights meeting with Obama

Google's Eric Schmidt, Cisco's John Chambers and John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will be among high-tech and other corporate heavyweights meeting with President Obama Wednesday morning to discuss ways to foster jobs and economic growth. Obama's meeting...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 15, 2010; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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T-Mobile CTO Ray: If you like 4G, expect a delay on new devices

For all the excitement surrounding new mobile high-speed Internet networks, there aren't many devices to sell for that turbo-charged Web access. The way T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray describes it, the dearth of devices will continue for LTE and other 4G networks for at least a year.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 14, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, FCC, Mobile, Spectrum, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon  
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The Circuit: Yahoo layoffs, Comcast and Julian Assange

- Yahoo, Inc. will lay off between 650 and 700 people today, mostly from its US units, according to Monday night reports from All Things Digital. Early rumors speculated that the Sunnyvale, Calif. company would reduce its staff by 20...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 14, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Apple, Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Online Video, Privacy, Yahoo, comcast  
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Upton urges FCC to finish Comcast-NBC merger review

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich), the incoming chairman of the House energy and commerce committee urged the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to wrap up the agency's review of Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal and resist imposing conditions that...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 13, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Netflix, Amazon, Skype say draft FCC rules weak, unacceptable

Netflix, Skype and Amazon were among Internet giants lobbying the Federal Communications Commission in recent days, explaining how companies like them have much to lose if the agency doesn't beef up its draft of net neutrality rules.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 13, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Apple, Comcast, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Advertising trade group head Rothenberg leaves for Time

The Interactive Advertising Bureau said Monday its CEO, Randall Rothenberg, a leading opponent of Internet privacy regulations, will leave the trade group to become chief digital officer of Time Inc. A replacement hasn't been named and the trade group, whose...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 13, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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The Circuit: An introduction and this morning's tech news

Good morning! We're trying out something new at PostTech -- a morning roundup of tech news you want to know from the weekend or overnight. The morning digests will come from Hayley Tsukayama, also a new addition to PostTech....

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 13, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple, Comcast, Consumers, FCC, FTC, Facebook, Google, Kids Online, Microsoft, Mobile, Net Neutrality, Privacy, Social media, Verizon, Yahoo  
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Net neutrality lobbying to peak this week

Expect lobbying around net neutrality to reach fever pitch through Tuesday. After that, the Federal Communications Commission will go into its bunker to deliberate a draft of rules that will be voted on Dec. 21. One group, Free Press, plans...

By Cecilia Kang  | December 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  AT&T, Comcast, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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