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Post Tech: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

The Circuit: Apple considering unlimited music downloads, S. Korean government sites attacked, Android leads with new smartphone users

LEADING THE DAY: Apple is reportedly in talks with major record companies to negotiate unlimited music downloads of purchased music. The move would enable customers to listen to purchased music across multiple devices. Citing anonymous sources “with knowledge of the...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 4, 2011; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple  
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Justice probes Internet video company competing with Google-backed technology: WSJ

In another sign of intense competition to be the dominant platform for online video, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Justice Department has launched an investigation into an Apple-backed company that may be unfairly preventing the growth of...

By Cecilia Kang  | March 3, 2011; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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China plans to track cellphone users, sparking human rights concerns

China said it may begin tracking cellphone users in Beijing through location technology it hopes will help city authorities better manage traffic. But the announcement also sparked fresh concerns that the government may be using mobile technology to surveil its...

By Cecilia Kang  | March 3, 2011; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Feinstein patent reform amendment fails

The Senate voted Thursday to table an amendment proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D - Calif.) to retain the current U.S. “first to invent” system of awarding patents. The patent reform act, called the America Invents Act, calls for a change to the current patent system, making it a “first to file” system — similar to what much of the world uses.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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House lawmakers face uphill battle in overturning FCC net neutrality rules

House lawmakers will examine the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules again next week, as Republican leaders seek to overturn the rules or pull funding from the agency. But what are the chances of Congress wiping out the Internet access...

By Cecilia Kang  | March 3, 2011; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Free messaging apps threaten wireless carriers' cash cow

Here's the dirty secret about text messages. It costs a wireless carrier close to nothing to send and receive them -- even though they charge about $10 a month for 500 to 1,000 texts. Now, a new crop of...

By Cecilia Kang  | March 3, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Apple, FTC, Facebook, Mobile  
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The Circuit: Twitter denies J.P. Morgan reports; Kerry, Snowe introduce spectrum bill; Microsoft mad at Facebook

The Circuit: Twitter denies JPMorgan reports; Kerry, Snowe introduce spectrum bill; Microsoft mad at Facebook

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 3, 2011; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Spectrum, Twitter  
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Kerry, Snowe introduce spectrum inventory bill

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Olympia Snow (R-Maine) said Wednesday that they are introducing legislation that allows federal agencies to survey how the government is using spectrum that could otherwise be used for commercial wireless. The bill is being reintroduced...

By Cecilia Kang  | March 2, 2011; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FCC, Mobile  
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The Circuit: Net neutrality vote delayed, Supreme Court rules in FOIA case, Apple to launch iPad 2

The Circuit: Net neutrality vote delayed, Supreme Court rules in FOIA case, Apple to launch iPad 2

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Antitrust, Apple, FCC, International, Microsoft, Tablets, Yahoo  
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Senate debates patent reform as more voices weigh in

The Senate continued debate Tuesday on The America Invents Act, a patent reform act introduced by Judiciary chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The bill, which proposes an overhaul to the way the patent system works, would change to a first...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Apple, Google, Intel, Mobile  
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Christopher Dodd to lead the Motion Picture Association of America

Former senator Christopher Dodd has been named the head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Google Street View Trikes add more pictures

Google is putting its controversial Street View application into greater focus with the addition of photos of places around the world taken from its fleet of global tricycles. The search giant wrote about the new Trike pictures on its...

By Cecilia Kang  | March 1, 2011; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Google  
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Q&A: LightSquared CEO: Breaking open wireless

Chief executive Sanjiv Ahuja, based at LightSquared's Reston headquarters, talked the company's vision, opposition from global positioning companies and getting the money to make it all work.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 1, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Broadband, Consumers, Mobile  
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Google has pre-beta in-app payment program

Google is working on a new in-app payment program, now in pre-beta testing for developers. According to TechCrunch, the service will launch in May.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FTC, Google  
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The Circuit: Patent reform, voting to disapprove net neutrality, Google explains e-mail scare

LEADING THE DAY: The Senate began discussing patent reform Monday afternoon, Hillicon Valley says the measure is likely to pass, though it faces opposition from groups such as the Computer and Communications Industry Association. CCIA President & CEO Ed Black...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Facebook debating contact information request for minors

Facebook has told lawmakers it is debating whether to allow third-party applications to request contact information about minors. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) asked the social network company to explain how third-party applications -- such as...

By Cecilia Kang  | February 28, 2011; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Boehner decries net neutrality, debt auctions in speech to broadcasters

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched on several tech points in his speech to the National Association of Religious Broadcasters and spoke out against the idea of auctioning the national debt. “For a small business, for entrepreneurs like...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Circuit: Gmail accounts wiped, Verizon denies low iPhone sales, Congress reworks patent law

LEADING THE DAY: About 150,000 users of Google's email system, Gmail, logged in over the weekend to find that their information had been erased. According to Engadget, some users found that their accounts had been effectively reset, receiving welcome messages....

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google, Social media, Verizon  
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