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Survey: Many Americans Say 'Big Brother' Is Here

June 13, 2013 9:29 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's little wonder why George Orwell's novel "1984" is seeing a resurgence in sales. More than half of Americans polled in a survey released Thursday said they agreed with the statement "We are really in the era of Big Brother." The survey from the University of Southern California was conducted last year...

Is Big Data Turning Government into 'Big Brother'?

June 10, 2013 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency...

SF, NY Officials to Meet over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...


Schumer Urges Look at Security in Sprint Deal

May 28, 2013 9:29 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer urged regulators to "use extreme caution" when reviewing the proposed acquisition of No. 3 cell carrier Sprint Nextel by Japan's Softbank, saying the Japanese company's use of Chinese networking equipment could open up U.S. networks to snooping and hacking...

Report: Obama to Appoint Tom Wheeler as Next FCC Chairman

May 1, 2013 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama is likely to appoint wireless industry veteran and lobbyist Tom Wheeler to succeed Julius Genachowski as chairman of the FCC. According to numerous reports from multiple outlets, Wheeler, who has already served as an informal advisor to Obama on telecom matters, is the top pick...

Facebook: Audit Finds Privacy Practices Sufficient

April 25, 2013 9:31 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook says that an independent audit found its privacy practices sufficient during a six-month assessment period that followed a settlement with federal regulators. Facebook Inc. said it submitted the findings to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday evening...

Carriers Deny Cell Shutdown Following Boston Bombings

April 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless operators say they did not shut down cell service following the deadly bombings at the finsh line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Amid the chaos and confusion immediately following the explosions, the Associated Press issued a report citing an unnamed source who claimed cell service had been terminated in the Boston...

Commissioner McDowell Announces Resignation

March 20, 2013 2:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Rob McDowell announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his post. In a statement, McDowell said that after 7 years of serving with the FCC, he will be turning more his energies to his family. McDowell said he will step down in a "few weeks."


Report: Mobile Adoption by Public Sector Could Be Worth $50B Annually

February 19, 2013 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Continuing adoption of mobile technologies by government agencies could result in $50 billion in added value annually, according to new research from Deloitte.  The report found that the public sector lags in its ability to use new technologies to their fullest...

FTC Issues Mobile Privacy Guidelines

February 4, 2013 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FTC has issued a set of guidelines for mobile application developers. While not legally binding, the new rules were released on the same days as regulators announced a settlement with social network provider Path...

North Korea Loosens Restrictions on Foreign Cellphones

January 21, 2013 9:24 am | by Jean H. Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals. For years, North Korea required...

South Korea Says Samsung Chip Plant Caused Cancer

December 14, 2012 9:22 am | by Youkyng Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean government agency said Friday that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and Samsung's chip plants...

French Mobile Operators Hit with Antitrust Fines

December 13, 2012 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France's competition watchdog has slapped €183 million ($239 million) in fines on the country's two top mobile operators for anti-competitive pricing policies between 2005 and 2008. The Autorite de Concurrence said Thursday that Orange and SFR had abused their dominant...


Clashes over Internet Rules To Mark Dubai Meeting

December 3, 2012 10:40 am | by Brian Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N.'s top telecommunications overseer sought Monday to quell worries about greater Internet controls emerging from global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for major Web regulations will likely face stiff opposition from groups led by a high-powered U.S. delegation.

BlackBerry 10 Lands Security Certification

November 8, 2012 6:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While still months from launch, Research In Motion’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system has met key government security standards.

US Report Highlights Unease About Chinese Firms

October 10, 2012 5:59 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Eager to expand in the United States, China's biggest technology companies face an America anxious about threats to jobs and national security.

Huawei, ZTE Deny Spying Before Congress

September 14, 2012 5:35 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies on Thursday denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying, but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

Huawei Calls for Cybersecurity Cooperation

September 5, 2012 7:09 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Ltd. has issued a report on cybersecurity that includes a pledge never to cooperate with spying in a fresh effort to allay concerns in the United States and elsewhere that threaten to hamper its expansion.

AT & T: FaceTime Policy Within FCC Net Neutrality Rules

August 22, 2012 7:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T says its policy to reserve FaceTime use over a cellular connection for those customers who move to its new Mobile Share plans does not violate the FCC's net neutrality rules

GAO Report Recommends FCC Review of SAR Limits

August 8, 2012 7:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday released a study recommending that the FCC review limits placed on specific absorption rate (SAR), the amount of radio frequency absorbed by the body when using a cell phone.

Tech Requirements Set for First Responders Network

June 22, 2012 7:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today approved the minimum technical requirements for its interoperable first responders network, which operates in the D-Block of the 700 MHz band of spectrum.

Military Outlines New Mobile Strategy

June 18, 2012 7:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DOD) has unveiled its mobile device and wireless strategies going forward.

Last Lawsuit Dropped Against FCC White Space Order

June 5, 2012 7:20 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The last remaining court challenge to the FCC's white space order was withdrawn Monday when the wireless microphone industry formally dismissed its petition for review of the regulations.

CTIA Backs CISPA Amid Privacy Concerns

April 23, 2012 7:07 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

CTIA is throwing its support behind a controversial cybersecurity bill set for a House vote this week.

AT & T Tells FCC 'I Told You So' on T-Mo Layoffs

March 23, 2012 12:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

AT&T is linking the layoffs of 1,900 T-Mobile USA call center workers to the FCC's decision to block the two companies' merger.

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