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Senators hear calls on the FCC to step back from net neutrality rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should abandon its efforts to pass net neutrality rules because new regulations would hurt investment and the deployment of broadband, a parade of Republican senators and advocates said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 18 September, 2014 04:49

Tags: Wiley Rein, telecommunication, regulation, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Brad Burnham, internet, Jeffrey Eisenach, Orrin Hatch, legislation, Internet service providers, Union Square Ventures, Robert McDowell, American Enterprise Institute, Ted Cruz, Center for Democracy and Technology, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband, Nuala O'Connor

NSA reform bill stalled with Congress headed toward fall recess

The U.S. Congress is unlikely to pass legislation to end the National Security Agency's widespread collection of U.S. telephone records before leaving Washington, D.C., on a two-month break.

By Grant Gross | 17 September, 2014 06:29

Tags: U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Eric Holder, U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Congress, James Clapper, Barack Obama, legislation, Software and Information Industry Association, privacy, Ed Black, Harley Geiger, security, David LeDuc, Center for Democracy and Technology, government, Computer and Communications Industry Association, U.S. Department of Justice

US court throws out $368.2 million patent award against Apple

A U.S. appeals court has thrown out a US$368.2 million award against Apple in a patent infringement case brought by patent-holding and software company VirnetX.

By Grant Gross | 17 September, 2014 05:17

Tags: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, security, intellectual property, Kendall Larsen, legal, patent, Sharon Prost, VirnetX, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Apple

FCC gets record number of net neutrality comments, what now?

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's deadline for the public to comment on the agency's proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, by far a record number for an FCC proceeding.

By Grant Gross | 17 September, 2014 01:50

Tags: amazon.com, telecommunication, Kim Hart, Janet Jackson, internet, Facebook, Internet service providers, Public Knowledge, Yahoo, Internet Association, Google, Tom Wheeler, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband, American Commitment, Sunlight Foundation, free press, regulation

FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers

The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but may also lead some companies to create profiles of consumers leading to discrimination, the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

By Grant Gross | 16 September, 2014 05:19

Tags: microsoft research, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, e-commerce, regulation, Julie Brill, World Privacy Forum, Edith Ramirez, internet, Nicol Turner-Lee, Consumer Data Industry Association, Pamela Dixon, analytics, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, Danah Boyd, Stuart Pratt, Latanya Sweeney, government

Senators ask Apple, Home Depot for information on breaches

A recent data breach at retailer Home Depot and a leak of celebrity nude pictures from Apple's iCloud service raise questions about the companies' data security practices, two U.S. senators said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 12 September, 2014 05:27

Tags: U.S. Senate, tim cook, regulation, Francis Blake, data breach, Home Depot, government, legislation, John "Jay" Rockefeller, Apple, Claire McCaskill, security

New survey raises questions about net neutrality regulation, advocacy group says

More than two-thirds of U.S. respondents in a new survey say that decades-old telephone regulations should not apply to the Internet, which suggests that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission should stay away from reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility, an advocacy group said.

By Grant Gross | 12 September, 2014 05:20

Tags: Mike Montgomery, regulation, CALinnovates, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Fight for the Future, internet, government, Internet service providers, SV Angel, Evan Greer, JobScout, at&t

Senators call for investigation of Home Depot breach

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should investigate security practices at Home Depot following media reports that the hardware retailer's payment systems have been breached, two U.S. senators said Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 10 September, 2014 04:25

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, regulation, data breach, Home Depot, Richard Blumenthal, Exploits / vulnerabilities, government, Ed Markey

33 equipment manufacturers oppose public-utility broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should resist calls to reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility as a way to enact strong net neutrality rules, more than 30 broadband equipment manufacturers, including Cisco Systems, IBM and Intel, have said.

By Grant Gross | 10 September, 2014 01:03

Tags: Ericsson, telecommunication, U.S. Department of Commerce, IBM, Nancy Pelosi, internet, Public Knowledge, Internet service providers, Cisco Systems, alcatel-lucent, Tom Wheeler, Penny Pritzker, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, intel, netflix, government, Telecommunications Industry Association, Panasonic of North America, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, free press, regulation

Twitter testing a 'buy button'

Twitter is testing a way for its users to purchase digital music and other products through the social networking application, with the goal of making mobile shopping easier, the company said in a blog post.

By Grant Gross | 09 September, 2014 00:11

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, Tarun Jain, twitter, social networking, internet

Net neutrality advocates plan slow-lane protest

Several high-profile websites -- including Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla and Meetup -- will display spinning-wheel icons next Wednesday in an attempt to show visitors the Internet slow lanes they say will appear if the U.S. Federal Communications Commission doesn't pass strong net neutrality regulations.

By Grant Gross | 06 September, 2014 05:34

Tags: reddit, e-commerce, Berin Szoka, BoingBoing, Demand Progress, Wordpress, Fight for the Future, internet, mozilla, Internet service providers, bittorrent, Tom Wheeler, Foursquare, Meetup, TechFreedom, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Etsy, government, Vimeo, regulation, Kickstarter

Google to pay $19 million to refund kids' in-app purchases

Google has agreed to pay at least US$19 million to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company unfairly billed Android mobile device owners for in-app purchases made by their children, the agency said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 05 September, 2014 03:36

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, amazon.com, regulation, legal, Civil lawsuits, Edith Ramirez, government, mobile, mobile applications, Apple, Google

White House names Google veteran as CTO

U.S. President Barack Obama has named long-time Google executive Megan Smith as the government's new CTO, in charge of improving technology and the use of data across agencies.

By Grant Gross | 05 September, 2014 02:43

Tags: e-government, Alexander Macgillivray, Government use of IT, U.S. White House, John Holdren, twitter, Megan Smith, Barack Obama, government, Todd Park, Google

FCC's Wheeler: US needs more high-speed broadband competition

U.S. residents lack meaningful choices for broadband providers that offer 25Mbps or faster download speeds, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will push for more competition, the agency's chairman said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 05 September, 2014 02:41

Tags: telecommunication, free press, Tom Wheeler, regulation, Time Warner Cable, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, comcast, 1776, government, Matt Wood, broadband

DOJ, intelligence official support bill ending bulk phone collection

Two top officials in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, including the director of national intelligence, have voiced support for a Senate bill that would end the U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records.

By Grant Gross | 04 September, 2014 23:48

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Nuala O'Connor, telecommunication, Eric Holder, U.S. National Security Agency, James Clapper, Barack Obama, government, legislation, privacy, Patrick Leahy, security

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