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Post Tech: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

The Circuit: Privacy bills, broadband stimulus hearings, U.S. likely to halt Huawei deal

LEADING THE DAY: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced his Best Practices Act for online privacy Thursday afternoon. The bill, similar to the one Rush introduced last session, does not have a do-not-track provision. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) will hold an...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 11, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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President Obama pitches $18 billion wireless broadband plan

President Obama on Thursday unveiled an ambitious blueprint to use $18 billion in federal funds to get 98 percent of the nation connected to the Internet on smartphones and tablet computers in five years.

By Cecilia Kang  | February 10, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Walden sets House Commerce committee tech priorities on net neutrality, spectrum, broadband

In a breakfast speech on Wednesday at the Ripon Society, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, outlined his top priorities for this session.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 10, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadband, FCC, Spectrum  
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The Circuit: Obama to announce wireless plan, Twitter talking to Facebook and Google, Nokia and Microsoft might partner up

President Obama is set to announce his plan to bring wireless Internet to all parts of the country in a speech at Northern Michigan University.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 10, 2011; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mobile, Social media, Twitter, cyber security  
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The Circuit: Twitter and WikiLeaks, Firefox Do Not Track, Google and Facebook users have privacy concerns

The Circuit: Twitter and Wikileaks, Firefox Do Not Track, Google and Facebook users have privacy concerns

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 9, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apple, DOJ, FTC, Facebook, Google, International, Privacy, Social media, Twitter  
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FTC names net neutrality expert Tim Wu senior adviser

Tim Wu, a law professor and author best known for coining the term "net neutrality," will join the Federal Trade Commission as a senior adviser. Wu, a professor at Columbia University's law school will take a leave of absence to...

By Cecilia Kang  | February 8, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FTC  
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Google exec's release energizes Egypt movement

Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, February 8, 2011; 3:13 PM CAIRO - Protesters thronged Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday in one of Egypt's largest anti-government demonstrations to date as their movement was energized by a television interview given by a...

By By Craig Whitlock and Leila Fadel  | February 8, 2011; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rep. Markey urges FTC to probe Apple's in-app purchases

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) on Tuesday urged the Federal Trade Commission to review the marketing practices of applications for Apple devices, saying a news report has raised concerns that some programs geared for children may not adequately inform users...

By Cecilia Kang  | February 8, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple, FTC  
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Do you have a kid apps story?

In today's Post, Cecilia wrote about a Rockville, Md. second grader who amassed a $1,400 bill from Apple using a kid-oriented iPhone game called Smurf Village. (Cecilia blogged on the same topic last week). Do you have a "kid apps"...

By Sarah Halzack  | February 8, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Apple  
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Internet privacy talk to hit the Hill

A slew of online privacy bills are expected to hit the Hill in the coming weeks, with a handful of senators and representatives ready to introduce legislation on how best to protect consumer information on the Internet.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 8, 2011; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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The Circuit: WikiLeaks and Anonymous, Google executive released, Intel resumes shipping chips

The Circuit: WikiLeaks and Anonymous, Google executive released, Intel resumes shipping Sandy Bridge

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 8, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumers, Google, International, Kids Online, cyber security  
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Oregon considers cellphone radiation label

Oregon state Sen. Chip Shields on Monday introduced a bill that would require retailers to put warning labels on cellphones and packaging of wireless devices, advising consumers of possible risks associated with radio frequency exposure. Shields, a Democrat who represents...

By Cecilia Kang  | February 8, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FCC, Verizon  
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FCC to move toward overhaul of $8 billion phone fund for Internet

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to move forward Tuesday on a long-fought plan to convert federal phone subsidies in rural areas into funding for high-speed Internet connections.

By Cecilia Kang  | February 7, 2011; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  FCC  
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Google Egypt exec released, tweets his opposition of ruling party

Google confirmed through a tweet on Monday that Egypt-based employee Wael Ghonim has been released by government authorities, after his disappearance on Jan. 27 as protests consumed the nation. The company had refrained from comment about the disappearance of its...

By Cecilia Kang  | February 7, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  internet  
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The Circuit: AOL acquires The Huffington Post, USF reform, Egypt to release Google exec.,

The Circuit: AOL acquires the Huffington Post, USF reform, Egypt to release Google executive

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 7, 2011; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Canada rethinks metered Internet, as U.S. pushes ahead

As U.S. Internet service providers move to metered plans with the blessing of federal regulators, the Canadian government is reconsidering its own controversial rules that allow for usage based billing instead of flat fees. Canada's decision could determine the success...

By Cecilia Kang  | February 7, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  AT&T, Broadband, Comcast, FCC, Google, Internet TV, Net Neutrality, Online Video, Verizon  
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