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FCC Levies More Fines Against Lifeline Violators

December 11, 2013 2:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Wednesday proposed nearly $44 million in fines against three companies that it says violated commission rules protecting the Lifeline program against waste, fraud and abuse. The Lifeline progam provides cell phones and service to low-income consumers. 

Tech Firms Vie to Protect Personal Data, Profits

December 10, 2013 9:30 am | by Marcy Gordon and Michael LIedtke, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits. The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

ACLU: Law Enforcement Getting Unfettered Access to Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As major tech companies petition the White House for data collection reform, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday released a press release that highlights the rising number of law enforcements requests for cell phone subscriber data in 2012. 

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Woman Fights Ticket for Driving with Google Glass

December 4, 2013 9:52 am | by Justin Pricthard, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290 Million

November 22, 2013 9:10 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million.

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Check out 25-21!

November 21, 2013 3:14 pm | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!  

Jury Ends Day 2 of Samsung-Apple Deliberations

November 21, 2013 9:12 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Silicon Valley jurors failed to reach a decision Wednesday and will return for a third day of deliberations to determine how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. A previous jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several Apple patents in making and marketing 26 devices...

Jury Set to Decide how Much Samsung Owes Apple

November 19, 2013 7:34 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding $380 million. Samsung counters that it only owes $52 million for using features such as "pinch-to-zoom" in 13 older-generation products.

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Many Millions at Stake at Second Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:08 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around world...

LA Students Get iPads, Crack Firewall, Play Games

October 7, 2013 9:56 am | by John Rogers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

FCC Proposes $14.4M in Forfeitures for Lifeline Violations

October 1, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

After a lengthy review of the FCC's Lifeline program, which offers mobile phones to low-income consumers, the FCC late yesterday proposed more than $14.4 million in forfeitures against five wireless Lifeline service providers who apparently violated the commission’s Lifeline rules.

NTIA Petitions FCC to Allow Device Unlocking

September 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In the ongoing battle over the regulation of cellphone unlocking, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) yesterday petitioned the FCC to require wireless carriers to unlock mobile phones, tablets and other device for use with other carriers upon request. 

Facebook, Yahoo Want to Disclose FISA Orders Data

September 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook and Yahoo asked a secret court Monday to allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The two tech companies filed separate, similar motions Monday with the secret court that oversees that law.

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NY Judge Orders Apple To Modify eBook Contracts

September 9, 2013 10:55 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking to force Apple to obey antitrust laws, a judge on Friday ordered the technology giant to modify contracts with publishers to prevent electronic book price fixing and said she will appoint an external compliance monitor to review the company's antitrust policies and training...

Silicon Valley Patent Office Shelved

September 3, 2013 10:49 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Silicon Valley's high-tech firms are fighting what they consider a deeply personal federal cut this summer that shelves a planned patent office in this innovation-fueled region. While most of the country is feeling some pinch from the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration...

Brave New World: OTTs Address Security, Privacy Concerns

July 9, 2013 4:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Participants in the current debate over the NSA's surveillance programs seek a balance between security and privacy. While some argue that the government has overstepped its bounds, others say that the monitoring of communications is an essential tool for keeping the country’s citizens safe...

Microsoft Wants to Disclose Data on FISA Orders

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has asked a court to let it disclose data on national security orders the company has received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Microsoft made the request in a motion filed June 19 with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and unsealed this week...

Wireless Industry Finds Consensus on Regulatory Fees

June 20, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The wireless industry has found consensus that wireless and wireline should be kept separate as the FCC considers how it will assess and collect regulatory fees in 2013. In a filing that addresses the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) and the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

Obama Relying on Untested Oversight Board on NSA

June 19, 2013 9:26 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency's secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully during its eight years of low-profile existence...

Court Hears Terse Testimony in e-Book Trial

June 12, 2013 8:43 am | by Hillel Italie, AP National Writer | News | Comments

  Macmillan CEO John Sargent, who testified this week at a trial over alleged price-fixing of e-books, was no one's idea of a friendly witness. Of the five publishers the U.S. Justice Department sued last year, Macmillan was the last to settle and the most defiant. The government alleged that Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group (USA)...

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...

Motorola Mobility Says It Has Settled with TiVo

June 7, 2013 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility said Thursday that it has reached a settlement with digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. ahead of a patent trial that was to start in a Texas court next week. "We're pleased that all parties involved have reached an agreement to resolve pending litigation...

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...

ITC Rules for Samsung, Bans iPhone 4 Imports

June 5, 2013 9:25 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China...

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...

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