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FBI Is Hoping To Wiretap Internet Services – Should It Be Allowed? FBI Is Hoping To Wiretap Internet Services – Should It Be Allowed?
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As technologies have advanced, they have dramatically changed the way that we live and interact. We, as consumers, have become accustomed to the convenience, capabilities, and even the entertainment that they provide. But, should these same advantages be applied to …

LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy

LightSquared, a wireless venture started by Philip Falcone, has filed for bankruptcy today. The would-be wireless company ran into difficulties with regulators concerning plans for a wireless network that had the potential to interfere with the existing Global Positioning System. …

FCC Blocks Liberty Media From Sirius XM Control FCC Blocks Liberty Media From Sirius XM Control

On saturday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) blocked 40% Sirius XM shareholder, Liberty Media from taking control of the company’s operating licenses. Liberty took control of the shares in 2009 after investing over $500 million to help the company avoid …

NAB Backs Off on TV Broadband Objections NAB Backs Off on TV Broadband Objections
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Back in 2010, it was reported that the FCC and Google had been working with moving forward with white spaces, which are unused television bands that can be used for ultra-fast wifi connections. The National Association of Broadcasters had objected …

Advocates to FCC: Forbid Cell Phone Jamming Advocates to FCC: Forbid Cell Phone Jamming

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the Center for Democracy and Technology have implored the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit federal, state, and local governments from resorting to cell phone shutdowns. The request stems an FCC inquiry from 2011 …

Privacy Advocate Wants Hearing on Google’s Wi-Fi Spying Privacy Advocate Wants Hearing on Google’s Wi-Fi Spying

Now that the non-redacted version of the Federal Communication Commission’s report on Google’s unsettling habit of eavesdropping on unsecured wi-fi network via the Street Car has been made available, the same privacy advocate that chastised the FCC for letting Google …

Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software After All Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software After All
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Nearly two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report about Google’s sponging up of emails, passwords, and other personal data via unsecured wi-fi networks, the company has released a full version of the report that reveals …

FCC Vote Requires TV to Reveal Political Ad Funding FCC Vote Requires TV to Reveal Political Ad Funding

Though broadcast station owners have been lobbying heavily against the change, the FCC voted yesterday to make political advertisement funding sources available online. This mandatory new guideline supersedes the previous mandate to make them available at the station. This meant …

Google To FCC: We Didn’t Delay Street View Investigations Google To FCC: We Didn’t Delay Street View Investigations

Earlier this month, the FCC decided to issue a $25,000 fine to Google for so-called “delays” in their investigation into Google’s street view-data collecting privacy flareup. Google says they’re going to pay the fine, but they’re not quite sure that …

Chrome OS Will Get Google Drive Integration Chrome OS Will Get Google Drive Integration

Yesterday Google launched its new Google Docs replacement/Dropbox competitor Google Drive. The new service retains all the functionality of Google Docs, while also allowing users to store files of any kind. They even promise that eventually users will be able …

FCC Fights to Make Sense of Mobile Bills FCC Fights to Make Sense of Mobile Bills

If you’ve ever gone over on your mobile phone minutes or exceeded the number of text messages you can make you’ll love this next story. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) actual cares that surprise charges on your mobile bill are …

Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine
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Do you remember earlier this week when the Federal Communications Commission issued a $25,000 fine to Google? You know, because of the unauthorized collection of personal information Google obtained from unsecured wi-fi networks while the Google Street View car was …

FCC Wants Supreme Court To Hear Super Bowl Nip Slip Case

We were all there. That moment in the 2004 Super Bowl when Janet Jackson gave live television a look at what many a man dreams about at night. It was a national scandal. How dare they allow such a thing …

Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything? Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything?

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report that detailed the consequences of Google’s lack of transparency and cooperation with an investigation revolving around the non-consensual collection of information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. It …

FCC Demands $819,000 From T-Mobile [UPDATED] FCC Demands $819,000 From T-Mobile [UPDATED]

UPDATE: T-Mobile has responded to the FCC’s notice. Here’s what they had to say: T-Mobile USA is committed to providing high-quality products and services to all of its customers, including a broad selection of handsets that are hearing aid compatible. …

Consumer Watchdog Demands Uncensored FCC Report on Google Wi-Fi Spying Consumer Watchdog Demands Uncensored FCC Report on Google Wi-Fi Spying

In light of the Federal Communications Commission dropping its investigation of Google’s Street View’s eavesdropping practices that were uncovered in 2010 and releasing a very redacted version of the interim report that was released on Friday, Consumer Watchdog has issued …

AT&T Aids and Abets Thieves, According to Suit AT&T Aids and Abets Thieves, According to Suit

While it was recently reported that AT&T and other providers are building a database to help track and de-activate stolen cellphones, a group has still brought a class-action lawsuit against the company for helping thieves re-activate stolen devices, mainly the …

Is Net Neutrality Being Misrepresented? Is Net Neutrality Being Misrepresented?
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Net neutrality is in the spotlight once again after Comcast’s recent announcement about its Xfinity video streaming service. The cable giant said that it would not count the television programming users access through Microsoft’s Xbox against their 250-gigabyte monthly data …

Verizon Sued For False Internet Speed Claims Verizon Sued For False Internet Speed Claims

Have you ever been disappointed in a piece of technology or service after being convinced by a company salesperson that it is the way to go? I think most of us have. Typically we can return the item or cancel …

FCC Pushes for Web Disclosure of Political Ads

Local television stations make big bank during election seasons running political ads. Used to be, you could count on ads from the opponents themselves. Nowadays, in a world where money equals protected free speech, many other concerns have an axe …

Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More? Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More?

With political ads in full swing during this election year, a debate is heating up in Washington over a proposal from the FCC that would impose regulation on TV stations. The Commission wants TV stations to put the “public inspection files,” which include the names, costs, and running dates of every political ad in recent years on a website that it would oversee.