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Post Tech: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

CES: Netflix CEO Hastings sets eyes on global expansion

LAS VEGAS -- In a short time, Netflix has shaken up the way Americans and Canadians get their favorite movies and television shows. And CEO Reed Hastings said Friday he's just getting started. The online video streaming and DVD rental...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 8, 2011; 4:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  CES, Online Video  
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UPDATE: CES: FCC Chairman vows to seek more spectrum for mobile broadband

Update 5:21 p.m. After speech LAS VEGAS --Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Friday that the agency's top priority for the year is to make more airwaves available for all those tablets, smartphones and Internet-connected appliances on display at...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 7, 2011; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  CES, FCC  
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Advocates rejoice as Obama signs Local Community Radio Act

On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act, making room on the radio spectrum for smaller, community-based radio stations.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Spectrum  
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The Circuit: Piracy plagues Mac app store, Skype buys mobile video company Qik, Apple denies CFO search

The Circuit: Piracy plagues brand new Mac app store, Skype buys mobile video company Qik, Apple denies CFO search

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple, Facebook, Online Video, Social media  
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CES Video: NAB president responds to criticism over airwaves

Gordon Smith, head of the National Association of Broadcasters, responds in a video interview to calls for broadcasters to give up airwaves leased from the government. CEA President Gary Shapiro had said in his convention opening speech that "squatters"...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 6, 2011; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  CES  
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CES: Net neutrality ahead: Hill hearings, court challenges

Expect much more debate over net neutrality this year, according to congressional staffers and executives of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Google who spoke Thursday on a policy panel at CES. Rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission last month would...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 6, 2011; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Facebook likely to go public in 2012, WSJ says

Facebook intends to cross the 500-investor mark this year, a move that will force the company to begin reporting financial information to the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Facebook, Social media  
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CES: Verizon CEO Seidenberg's keynote

We're off! Verizon Communications chief executive Ivan Seidenberg kicks off the first official day of the Consumer Electronics show with a keynote speech on the phone giant's plans for the future. Seidenberg has arrived with a flood of wireless announcements...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 6, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Verizon, cable  
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CES: Feds, lobbyists discuss policy issues at tech industry show

CES: Feds, lobbyists bring policy issues to tech industry

By Cecilia Kang  | January 6, 2011; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, CES, FCC, Google, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, Verizon  
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CES: Motorola unveils new tablet, phones

LAS VEGAS -- Motorola hit the ground running at CES, introducing a Google Android tablet, aimed directly to compete with Apple's iPad, and smart phones to run on high-speed Internet networks of the major carriers. Motorola on Wednesday introduced...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 6, 2011; 4:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  CES  
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CES: 50 Cent promotes earphones; 'Entourage,' 'Tron' stars pitch for BlackBerry

Specialty earphone maker Sleek Audio is getting its rap on, with 50 Cent scheduled to be at its booth Thursday and Friday. But if you're looking for some P.I.M.P or Candy Shop samples, you may be disappointed. Looks like he's there only for a press conference and to sign autographs.

By Cecilia Kang  | January 5, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  CES  
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AT&T's first 4G Phone?

An HTC ad in the current edition of Rolling Stone sent 4G watchers into a tizzy, boasting the company's been the first to 4G on all four major networks -- including AT&T, which hasn't yet set a date for its LTE rollout, let alone made any sort of handset announcement.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  CES  
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Nielsen: U.S. consumers crave TVs, mobile devices

Here's what you need to know about media and tech consumers ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. There are a whole lot of TVs and cell phones out there and more and more people are using those technologies to access...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 5, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  CES  
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The Circuit: New Congress means new Twitter handles, Internet news gains on TV, hackers use fake White House Christmas card

New Congress means new Twitter handles, Internet news gains on TV, and hackers use a fake White House Christmas card.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 5, 2011; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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CES: RCA unveils portable broadcast TV devices, reaching for new viewers

The television experience may be undergoing a vast transformation, and broadcasters want in on the action. As such, RCA announced at CES Tuesday that it's launching a new line of portable digital television devices that can transmit television shows...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 4, 2011; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  CES  
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CES: Netflix reaches for remote in battle for Internet TV eyeballs

On display at the Consumer Electronics Show this week will be lots of new bells and whistles for televisions that are connected to the Web. Yet in the race for Web video eyeballs, Netflix says don't underestimate the all...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 4, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  CES, Internet TV  
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Tablets, 3DTV to be featured at CES

When analysts looked at the Consumer Electronics Show line-up last year, they predicted that 2010 would be the year of the tablet and 3DTV. Looking at this year's lineup, that seems to be the case again, and a recent survey...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 4, 2011; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumers  
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Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile expected to showcase 4G at CES

As vendors set up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Los Vegas, everyone is speculating about what gadgets and services the attending companies will show. When it comes to 4G, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile all are expected to showcase products...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 4, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Comcast-NBC merger watch: no decision this week as Feds look to CES

With all five members of the Federal Communications Commission planning to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, regulators aren't expected to wrap up their evaluation of Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal this week, according to sources familiar...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 4, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Circuit: Apple valued at $300B, merger update, Chrome numbers climb

The Circuit: Apple valued at $300 billion, merger update, Chrome numbers climb

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 4, 2011; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Apple, CES, Comcast, FCC, Google, Microsoft, Online Video, Privacy, Social media  
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Post Tech heads to Vegas; tablets dominate

Note to readers: Happy New Year and thanks for reading. We're starting the year off right, heading to CES on Wednesday to report what the tech industry has in store for 2011. See you in Vegas. Here's our story in...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  CES  
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The Circuit: Goldman backs Facebook, Google to take on Apple, Apple to take on Netflix

The Circuit: Goldman backs Facebook, Google to take on Apple, Apple to take on Netflix

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 3, 2011; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple, Facebook, Online Video  
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