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Supreme Court Mulls Cell Phone Searches

April 28, 2014 9:27 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American's virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday.

Dropbox Sees Backlash to Condoleeza Rice Appointment

April 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dropbox today announced a rather noteable addition to its leadership team with the appointment of former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice to its board of directors. According to a blog post on the company's website, Finally, Rice's experience in international affairs was favored for helping Dropbox expand its global footprint. 

EU Court Scraps Bulk Collection of Phone Data

April 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Tuesday scrapped key legislation allowing the indiscriminate collection of Internet and phone communication data for law-enforcement purposes. The European Court of Justice ruled that the data retention directive offers too few safeguards to protect people from authorities' snooping and...

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China Approves Microsoft's Nokia Buy with Caveat on Patent Pricing

April 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China has finally approved Microsoft's acquistion of Nokia's devices and services business. On China's Ministry of Commerce website, the Ministry said it would go along with the deal but tacked on a few conditions regarding pricing around the use of Nokia's significant patent portfolio. 

European Parliament Adopts 'Net Neutrality' Law, Ends Roaming Fees

April 4, 2014 10:01 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament voted Thursday to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks — a step cheered by consumer groups and startups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry. The bill on "net neutrality" forces Internet providers to treat all traffic the same regardless of its source.

Yahoo Adds More Security to Thwart Surveillance

April 3, 2014 11:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo announced measure Wednesday that include the completion of a system that encrypts all information being transmitted from one Yahoo data center to another. The technology is designed to make the emails and other digital information flowing through data centers indecipherable to outsiders.

CCA: FCC Wireless Chief Sees Need for Compromise on Auction Geography

March 26, 2014 12:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Roger Sherman didn’t even bring a prepared speech to CCA. Speaking at the CCA Global Expo Wednesday, the FCC’s acting wireless bureau chief instead focused on directly addressing key issues and questions from CCA CEO Steven K. Berry.

Obama to Propose Ending NSA's Phone Call Sweep

March 25, 2014 10:52 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program...

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Report: NSA Targeted Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

March 24, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported Saturday.

Turkey Blocks Twitter over Graft Recordings

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption. Turkey in the past blocked access to YouTube, but it is the first ban on Twitter...

SmartWatch, Episode 1: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. This week, we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker. 

Rubio: US Should Give Airwaves to Cell Companies

March 10, 2014 3:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Marco Rubio says the government should give cellphone companies more airwaves and allow private companies to build a nationwide pipeline for oil and natural gas. The Florida Republican on Monday also told Google's Washington offices that nixing dozens of taxes

SXSW: Assange talks NSA, Hints at More Leaks

March 10, 2014 10:59 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison — with a more lenient visitor policy. He also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks, though he gave no specifics on what these might be.

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U.S. Sues Sprint over Company's Wiretap Expenses

March 4, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed federal court in San Francisco alleges that that subsidiary of Sprint Corp. collected unallowable expenses from...

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Push Back on Proposed NSA Plan

March 4, 2014 9:09 am | by Marcy Gordon & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum.

Hasty ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Has Flaws

March 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The "Smartphone Theft Deterrent Act", a bill that would require OEMs to build 'kill switch' technology into tablets and smartphones, seems like an over-reach to me. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "help put consumers in control of their cell phone data" through a kill switch’...

Defense Department Outlines Spectrum Strategy

February 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DoD) Thursday unveiled a spectrum plan that it says will aim to seek a balance between the need for consumer spectrum and the need for spectrum upon which to run the military's various communications systems. 

Senators to Wheeler: Act Quickly on Net Neutrality Reform

February 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A group of senators have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to act quickly to fix the upheaval caused when an appeals court last month struck down long-standing net neutrality rules, as they applied to Internet Service Providers (ISP). 

Technology Firms Urge Changes to US Spying

February 12, 2014 9:16 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

Carriers Join Obama in Effort to Get Kids Online

February 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet.

Feds to Decide on Car-to-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 10:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

DOJ Signals More Reluctance to Bless Sprint, T-Mo Merger

January 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In remarks made Thursday to the New York Bar Association, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Bill Baer, said that since the blocking of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile "competition in the wireless sector has flourished and consumers have benefitted."

Government Lobbies Court to Keep Apple Monitor in Place

January 27, 2014 9:41 am | by Larry Neumesiter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government lawyers filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying Apple Inc.'s arguments are without merit as the company tries to stop the monitoring it complains is "a roving investigation." The monitor, Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich, was appointed for two years in October by a judge...

GSMA: Hike in UK License Fees Could Slow 4G Deployments

January 23, 2014 1:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The United Kingdom's already stunted 4G deployments could be hindered by an increase license fees, according to a statement released Thursday by the GSM Association (GSMA). Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer for the GSMA, said Ofcom’s proposal to more than quadruple annual licence fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum...

Government Panel Urges End to Phone Data Spying

January 23, 2014 9:21 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

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