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Assange Hints at Leaving Embassy

August 18, 2014 9:14 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaving the embassy would be a big move for Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

FCC Streamlines Tower Regulations

August 8, 2014 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Commission said that the order adopted today puts the FAA in charge of overseeing rules...

WTO Accuses China of "Rare Earths' Violations

August 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China has about one-third of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90...

China Pursues Monopoly Investigation of Microsoft

July 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after...

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Obama Applauds Passage of Unlocking Bill

July 28, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a statement, Obama said the White House had laid out steps that the FCC, industry, and Congress should take to ensure copyright law does not undermine wireless competition, and worked with wireless carriers to reach a voluntary agreement that helps restore consumers' rights to unlock their phones. 

Report: China Concludes Qualcomm Is A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China is the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile phones and other wireless devices. The communist government has complained about the high cost of licenses for foreign technology. It has tried to reduce dependence on foreign know-how by investing billions of dollars to develop its own phone, encryption and other technology.

Samsung Investigates China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

China Labor Watch said children as well as minors under 18 worked at Shinyang for three to six months to meet production targets during a period of high demand. The watchdog said the child workers were paid for 10 hours a day but worked 11 hours.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Unlocking Bill

July 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and their cosponsors last year brought out the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act as a response to revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

China's Call to Reduce Subsidies Could Hurt Apple

July 9, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The official statement from the governmental Commission has not yet been released yet, but if true it could mean yet another setback for Apple in what Cupertino had originally seen as a huge opportunity. If Chinese carriers were forced to reduce subsidies, devices like the iPhone could become even less attractive to consumers there.

Verizon Received 150K Information Requests in 1H of 2014

July 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In Verizon's transparency report covering the timeframe from January 1 to June 31, Verizon said the information was only released in the event of a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury.

Privacy Board Rules NSA Methods Consitutional

July 2, 2014 9:12 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

In a report released Tuesday night, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, appointed by President Barack Obama, largely endorsed a set of NSA surveillance programs that have provoked worldwide controversy since they were disclosed last year by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden.

EC Approves Telefonica's Acquisition of E-Plus

July 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Telefonica agreed to purchase E-Plus from Dutch telecommunications company Royal KPN NV in a cash and stock deal estimated at about 8.5 billion euros ($11.6 bilion), after winning the support of KPN's biggest shareholder, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. Telefonica, a Spanish company, plans to merge E-Plus with its own German arm, O2.

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Philippines Launches Cell Phone Disaster Alerts

June 27, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Free Mobile Disaster Act, which was signed last week by President Benigno Aquino III but announced only on Friday, directs mobile phone operators to send out alerts about storms, tsunamis or other calamities whenever required by national disaster agencies.

Germany Drops Verizon Contract on Fears of NSA Snooping

June 26, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement comes after reports this week that Verizon and British company Colt provide Internet services to the German parliament and other official entities. Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Police Ready to Follow Supreme Court Rules on Cell Phone Searches

June 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Los Angeles to New York, and in San Diego, Chicago and Houston, officials met to discuss Wednesday's unanimous ruling that could make it harder for officers to quickly find incriminating evidence. The ruling prohibits law enforcement from searching an arrestee's cellphone without a warrant unless a person's safety or life may be in danger.

CTIA Asks Congress to Keep FCC Powers Limited

June 16, 2014 10:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA is asking that Congress narrow the Commission’s authority to regulate only in specific areas where competition might not necessarily produce the desired result, for instance to ensure emergency communications in underserved areas. 

EU Investigating Apple's Tax Dodge

June 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

EU antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Wednesday a preliminary probe by his office has found the arrangements are improper, though the companies as well as the countries involved — Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — must be given a chance to respond.

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Vodafone Report Sparks Global Surveillance Debate

June 9, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Telecommunications company Vodafone's report on government surveillance of its customers in 29 countries reveals more than first meets the eye — and is raising questions from Dublin to Delhi about how much spying on email and telephone chats happens in secret.

Vodafone Reveals Extent of Government Cellphone Snooping

June 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report itself reflects the concern now being raised regarding privacy rights around the world. Though Vodafone is a global company, it consists of separate subsidiaries, all of which are subject to domestic laws of the countries in which it operates.

A Note on WEA: When Technology Works

June 3, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

WEA is one of those rare instances where a number of players - regulators, government, first responders, carriers - got a lot of moving parts to fit together and the results are truly impressive, to the extent that they could actually save lives. 

China Cracks Down on OTT Messaging Apps

May 28, 2014 9:53 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Such services incorporate social media functions that allow users to post photos and updates to their friends, or follow the feeds of companies, social groups or celebrities, and — more worryingly for the government — intellectuals, journalists and activists who comment on politics, law and society. They also post news reports shunned by mainstream media.

China, U.S. Spying Row Continues

May 27, 2014 11:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China called for a halt Tuesday to what it called unscrupulous U.S. cyberspying, saying that a monthslong investigation into reports on the "ugly face" of U.S. espionage has concluded that China is a major target of those efforts. The report by China's Internet Media Research Center...

Court Sides with U.S. in Cell-Tracking Records Case

May 12, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

Report: After Backlash, FCC Drafting New Open Internet Rules

May 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the commission will reportedly release a new draft of its rules early this week. The revised document will include new language that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites but would still allow them to strike deals where content companies could pay for faster delivery of video and other content. 

Police Employ New Mobile Tool to Catch Riot Instigators

May 2, 2014 10:04 am | by Tami Adbollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers.

Justices Wary of Unlimited Cellphone Searches

April 30, 2014 9:01 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology. The justices appeared ready to reject the Obama administration's argument that police should be able to make such searches without first getting warrants.

Europe Warns Google, Samsung on Phone Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

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. 

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