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

Federal judge denies bid of three linked to Wikileaks to keep Twitter information secret

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan issued a 20-page opinion Friday in Alexandria that denied the request of three people who are linked to WikiLeaks to keep the U.S. government from looking at some of their Twitter information.

By Dana Hedgpeth  | March 11, 2011; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Privacy, Social media, Twitter, cyber security, cyber security, internet  
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Apple’s security changes to in-app purchases praised by lawmakers

Apple’s move to tighten security for in-app purchases on the iPhone and iPad drew intitial praise from lawmakers who had previously expressed concerns that consumers, particularly children, were being harmed with accidental charges. But lamakers said tech and wireless firms need to do more to ensure consumers are protected from vague and confusing billing.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 11, 2011; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple, Kids Online, Mobile  
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The Circuit: Wireless tax bill, Amazon cuts ties over state taxes, Hulu shrinking its board

Measures to keep states and local governments from adding taxes to wireless bills were introduced in the House and Senate yesterday.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 11, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Senate antitrust subcommittee chair to focus on Google

Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), chairman of the anitrust subcommittee, said he will put special focus on Google in the current session, examining its bid to expand through acquisitions and search industry practices.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 10, 2011; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Antitrust, Google, internet  
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Google enables site blocking

In a blog post Thursday, Google announced that it will enable Web-site blocking on its search engine.It works like this. Say you do a Google search for something, click on the top result and then find that it’s not a...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 10, 2011; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Google  
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Apple changes purchases policy to protect kids on iPad, iPhone games

Apple said Thursday that it changed its policy for how purchases can be made within applications on the iPhone and iPad, an attempt to protect users, particularly children, from accidentally racking up iTunes charges.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 10, 2011; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Apple, Consumers, FTC, Gaming, Kids Online  
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The Circuit: AOL layoffs, iPad 2 will keep Apple on top, net neutrality rule invalidated

AOL layoffs, iPad 2 will keep Apple on top, net neutrality rule invalidated.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 10, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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House panel votes to invalidate net neutrality rules

A House panel on Wednesday voted to invalidate created by the Federal Communications Commission. But they will remain in place unless Congress and the president take further action.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 9, 2011; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Net Neutrality  
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Cable’s top lobbyist, McSlarrow, to lead Comcast Washington office

Kyle McSlarrow, the cable industry’s top lobbyist in Washington D.C., will join Comcast as president of the firm’s Washington policy and government affairs.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 9, 2011; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Comcast, Net Neutrality, cable, comcast, internet  
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Analysts weigh in on Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Rumors are flying about a possible merger between Sprint and T-Mobile after a report from Bloomberg that the third- and fourth- largest carriers in the nation had talked about an acquisition deal.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 9, 2011; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, telecom  
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The Circuit: Senate passes patent reform, hearing on net neutrality, Europe grapples with cookie law

LEADING THE DAY: The Senate passed a comprehensive patent reform bill in a 95-5 vote on Tuesday. The America Invents Act, among other changes, reworks the U.S. patent system to operate on a first to file system rather than the current first to invent system.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 9, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Republicans pan FCC reasons for net neutrality rules

A day before House lawmakers put controversial net neutrality rules under scrutiny, leading Republican lawmakers said the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission hasn’t convinced them that the reasons behind the rules were good enough.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 8, 2011; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  FCC, Internet TV, Net Neutrality, internet, telecom  
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Report: Sprint in talks to buy T-Mobile

A report from Bloomberg indicates that Sprint is in talks with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 8, 2011; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T, Mobile, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon, telecom  
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FTC: Identity theft, Internet auctions, services among top 10 complaints

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that the top complaint it received from consumers last year was over identity theft. Also high on the list were complaints about Internet and telecommunications services and Internet auctions.

By Cecilia Kang  | March 8, 2011; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumers, FTC, Mobile, credit cards, internet  
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The Circuit: Google buys video, shopping sites; Senate votes for cloture on patent reform; Warner, Facebook start movie rentals

Google buys Next New Networks, BeatThatQuote: On a spending spree, Google has made two high-profile acquisitions, one for its YouTube division and one to add to its roster of shopping applications. YouTube acquired Next New Networks, a service designed to...

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 8, 2011; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Apple in-app purchases get the NMA animated treatment

Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese media company known for its wacky animated renditions of the day’s news, has worked its magic on The Washington Post’s story about in-app payments on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 7, 2011; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apple  
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The Circuit: Net neutrality; Facebook and Skype in rumored talks; Google deals with malware apps

Net neutrality talk is back on the Hill this week as the communications subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to hold hearings on net neutrality and the economy.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 7, 2011; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Facebook, Net Neutrality  
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