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Music labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings

Five music labels have filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora Music, saying the company is violating state law by refusing to pay labels and artists for its use of recordings made before 1972.

By Grant Gross | 18 April, 2014 07:53

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Capitol Records, Civil lawsuits, SiriusXM, Recording Industry Association of America, internet, ABKCO Music & Records, Warner Music Group, UMG Recordings, Pandora Music, Music and audio, legal, Sony Music Entertainment

Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:23

Tags: telephony, AARP, telecommunication, regulation, at&t, voip, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband

Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:18

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, Bob Quinn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Public Knowledge, Jonathan Banks, Larry Downes, 3g, 4g, Tom Wheeler, USTelecom, at&t, voip, Harold Feld, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Matt Wood, broadband, free press, regulation, Jodie Griffin

Apple antitrust compliance efforts slow, but picking up, monitor says

After dragging its feet for months, Apple is finally making good progress on a court-ordered antitrust compliance program related to the U.S. Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing case against the company, an external monitor said.

By Grant Gross | 16 April, 2014 01:00

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, antitrust, Internet-based applications and services, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Michael Bromwich, legal, internet, government, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Apple

Data breaches nail more US Internet users, regulation support rises

More U.S. Internet users report they have been victims of data breach, while 80 percent want additional restrictions against sharing of online data, according to two surveys released Monday.

By Grant Gross | 15 April, 2014 04:54

Tags: gfk, Mary Madden, security, internet, Identity fraud / theft, Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, privacy

NSA denies knowing about Heartbleed flaw for years

The U.S. National Security Agency, which has a cybersecurity mission in addition to surveillance, has disputed a report that it knew about the Heartbleed security vulnerability for at least two years before other researchers disclosed the flaw this month.

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 07:20

Tags: Alan Paller, SANS Institute, security, Larry Zelvin, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. National Security Agency, government

US charges nine with distributing Zeus malware

The U.S. Department of Justice has brought charges against nine alleged members of a criminal organization that distributed the Zeus Trojan used to steal millions of dollars from bank accounts nationwide.

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 01:09

Tags: David O'Neil, Yuriy Konovalenko, Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Identity fraud / theft, Alexey Dmitrievich Bron, malware, Alexey Tikonov, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov, Bank of America, security, legal, Ivan Viktorvich Klepikov, Yevhen Kulibaba, Key Bank, spyware, cybercrime, First National Bank of Omaha, U.S. Department of Justice

US agencies: Sharing cyberthreat info isn't an antitrust violation

U.S. businesses can share most cyberthreat information with competitors without facing antitrust enforcement action, two U.S. enforcement agencies said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 05:36

Tags: Information Technology Industry Council, U.S. Department of Justice, antitrust, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. White House, security, legal, Bill Baer, James Cole, government, Michael Daniel

US NTIA's plan to end ICANN contract puts Internet freedom at risk, critics say

The freedom and openness of the Internet are at stake after the U.S. government announced plans to end its contractual oversight of ICANN, some critics said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 04:56

Tags: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Larry Strickling, Paul Rosenzweig, U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, internet, government, Bob Goodlatte, Daniel Castro, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Fadi Chehadé, Zoe Lofgren, Red Branch Law and Consulting

Senators: Comcast deal could mean higher broadband prices

The proposed US$45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast would give the company huge market power to determine broadband prices and Internet content, a group of U.S. senators said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 10 April, 2014 04:32

Tags: antitrust, Working Families, telecommunication, Amy Klobachar, Consumers Union, Al Franken, Mike Lee, Apple, Google, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Cable modem, netflix, government, broadband, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Justice, free press, Networking, Daily Kos, comcast, Demand Progress, David Cohen, Orrin Hatch, Public Knowledge, Common Cause, Gene Kimmelman, Time Warner Cable

Comcast defends proposed Time Warner Cable deal

Cable giant Comcast has fired up its messaging machine to promote its proposed US$45.2 billion purchase of fellow cable television and broadband provider Time Warner Cable, arguing the deal will benefit Time Warner's broadband customers.

By Grant Gross | 09 April, 2014 05:55

Tags: business issues, U.S. Department of Justice, antitrust, telecommunication, legal, comcast, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Al Franken, David Cohen, broadband, Mergers and acquisitions, Time Warner Cable

Lawmakers push US attorney general for NSA surveillance changes

Several U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the nation's attorney general to curtail the National Security Agency's collection of overseas electronic communications, saying President Barack Obama's promise to revamp a surveillance program focused on U.S. telephone records didn't go far enough.

By Grant Gross | 09 April, 2014 04:15

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, telecommunication, Jim Sensenbrenner, U.S National Security Agency, Eric Holder, James Clapper, internet, Barack Obama, legislation, Zoe Loftgren, privacy, security, U.S. House of Representatives, Ron Wyden, government, John Conyers Jr.

Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

The former social network Jerk.com acted like its name would suggest, by allowing users to label others as jerks and then charging people for the ability to change those profiles, but not delivering on that promise, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint

By Grant Gross | 08 April, 2014 06:51

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, e-commerce, regulation, legal, Jessica Rich, internet, government

US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA surveillance case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit challenging the U.S. National Security Agency's collection of U.S. phone records filed by a conservative activist, despite a lower court's ruling that the program may be illegal.

By Grant Gross | 08 April, 2014 02:54

Tags: Roger Vinson, telecommunication, Mary Strange, Keith Alexander, Richard Leon, Eric Holder, U.S. National Security Agency, Civil lawsuits, Barack Obama, Larry Klayman, privacy, security, legal, Charles Strange, government, U.S. Supreme Court, Verizon Communications

FTC Commissioner Wright's calendar heavy on lobbyists, light on consumer groups

The official calendar for Joshua Wright, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, shows he has had many meetings with technology company lobbyists, but none with consumer advocates, even though consumer protection is a major part of the agency's mission.

By Grant Gross | 05 April, 2014 06:42

Tags: Jeramie Scott, Ericsson, App Developers Alliance, Rovio, amazon.com, Online Publishers Association, qualcomm, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Uber, Apple, Privacy Coalition, George Mason University, Network Advertising Initiative, intel, government, World Wide Web Consortium, Verizon Communications, Computer and Communications Industry Association, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, regulation, Joshua Wright, Zillow, privacy, Consumer Data Industry Association, Peter Swire, Evidon, Federalist Society, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, security, Microsoft

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