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Post Tech: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Google tweaks search algorithm to favor sites with original content

Google said Friday it has tweaked the algorithm for its search engine so that Web sites with original content are prioritized above sites that copy from others. In a blog post, Google search expert Matt Cutts said the move, which...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 28, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google  
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FCC moves to dismiss Verizon, MetroPCS lawsuits on net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission asked a federal court to dismiss recent lawsuits brought by Verizon Communications and MetroPCS to overturn the agency's Internet access rules. In a press statement, a senior FCC officials said that the companies did not follow...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 28, 2011; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Verizon  
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The Circuit: Egypt cuts off Internet access, FBI searches Anonymous members, Data Privacy Day

The Circuit: Egypt cuts off Internet access, FBI searches Anonymous members, Data Privacy Day

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 28, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, Google, International, Privacy, Social media  
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White House moves to give airwaves to public safety for emergency wireless network

President Obama endorsed a plan Thursday to give public safety officials a swath of valuable airwaves so that fire crews, police and paramedics can build a wireless high-speed Internet network to communicate during times of emergency. The White House said...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 27, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  FCC  
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Netflix CEO wades into net neutrality debates

In a blog Thursday, Netflix published a ranking of how Internet service providers perform in delivering Netflix's online streaming videos. Chartered gets highest marks for delivering videos at high speeds, therefore better resolution. Clearwire is ranked last in the United States, and Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cox rank high.

By Cecilia Kang  | January 27, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Comcast, Early Termination Fees, Internet TV, Net Neutrality, Online Video  
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Five Anonymous hacker suspects arrested in Britain, police say

Police in the United Kingdom have arrested five men in connection with the Anonymous hacking group, largely credited for denial of service attacks carried out in support of WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange. London's Metropolitan Police Service issued a...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Circuit: LinkedIn IPO, Clinton asks Egypt to unblock social media, Hulu looks to the future

The Circuit: LinkedIn IPO, Clinton asks Egypt to unblock social media, Hulu looks to the future

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 27, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Facebook, International, Twitter  
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FCC grants LightSquared approval to use satellite airwaves for cell phones

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved a request by LightSquared, a satellite firm financed by hedge fund billionaire Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital, to lease airwaves for consumer wireless gadgets. The FCC's decision allows Reston-based LightSquared to proceed with its...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 26, 2011; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Facebook to offer secure connection, better authentication

Starting today, Facebook announced it will be rolling out two new security features for its users: secure browsing and social authentication.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Facebook, Social media  
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The Circuit: Egypt and Twitter; DOJ Internet tracking; Facebook faces backlash over credits

The Circuit: Egypt and Twitter; DOJ Internet tracking; Facebook faces backlash over credits

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Broadband, DOJ, Facebook, Google, International, Privacy, Social media  
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LightSquared's mobile Internet plans get FCC boost

With a wave of new smartphones and tablet computers threatening to overwhelm wireless networks, the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to take another aggressive step to ease the growing capacity crunch. On Wednesday, the agency is expected to grant a...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 26, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama puts focus on technology, promises more wireless access

President Obama said in his State of the Union speech Tuesday that technology innovation will be the nation's "Sputnik moment" and that the economy's priorities will largely rest on industries such as clean energy and high-tech. In his nationally televised...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 25, 2011; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sen. Rockefeller introduces bill on spectrum auctions, public safety network

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.V.) on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a voluntary auction of broadcast television spectrum for mobile Internet services. The "incentive auctions," supported by consumer electronics companies and the...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 25, 2011; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC, Mobile, Spectrum  
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Metro PCS follows Verizon in suing FCC to overturn net neutrality rules

Wireless service operator MetroPCS said Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. The suit was filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court that cast the FCC's regulatory...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 25, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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The Circuit: SOTU preview, Verizon earnings and outages, T-Mobile losing customers to iPhone

The Circuit: SOTU preview, Twitter to triple revenue, Consumer Watchdog asks about Google

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 25, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Apple, Clearwire, FCC, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Social media, Spectrum, Twitter  
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FCC net neutrality rules spark claims of violations

The ink is barely dry on the Federal Communications Commission's rules to protect Internet access, and claims of violations are already surfacing. For example, consumer groups say wireless provider Metro PCS is blocking services such as Skype. Level 3 and...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 25, 2011; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Google, Mozilla detail new privacy features

Google and Mozilla announced that they will have new privacy features in their browsers that allow users to exert more control over how their information is used by advertisers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FTC, Google, Privacy  
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The Circuit: Firefox and Chrome include do-not-track, Facebook fundraising and privacy, what's next for net neutrality

The Circuit: Firefox and Chrome include do-not-track, Facebook fundraising and privacy, what's next for net neutrality

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FCC, FTC, Facebook, Google, International, Net Neutrality, Privacy, Social media  
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What next for net neutrality? Lawsuits galore

Now what for net neutrality? After Verizon Communications announced last week a legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's controversial order, analysts say a lawsuit showdown is probably in the works. Verizon filed their suit in the same federal court...

By Cecilia Kang  | January 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Comcast, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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