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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. 

Report: T-Mobile Pursues $1B Breakup Fee in Sprint Deal

May 12, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As Sprint is reportedly moving ahead with its bid for T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom (DT) is reportedly requesting a more than $1 billion breakup fee should regulators block the merger. DT, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, is requesting the lucrative safety as well as seeking assurances that the T-Mobile brand and some of its management team would remain in place following the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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FTC Slaps Snapchat with 20 Years of Monitoring

May 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As part of the settlement, Snapchat must implement a privacy program that will be monitored by an outside privacy expert for the next 20 years. The arrangement is similar to privacy settlements that Google, Facebook and Myspace have agreed to in recent years.

FCC Fines Company $2.9M for Robocalls to Cell Phones

May 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Back in March, the Bureau warned Dialing Services that if the company continued to make unlawful robocalls in the future, it could be held liable for penalties up to $16,000 per call. The Commission has now found that Dialing Services apparently continued to engage in the same practice, making at least 184 additional robocalls to consumers’ mobile phones.  

FCC Commissioner Pushes for Unlicensed Spectrum in 600 MHz Band

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at a WiFiForward event, said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band while protecting incumbent services. She talked about considering an expanded duplex gap, finding new locations for unlicensed microphones and opening up more unlicensed use in Channel 37.

AT&T Balks at CCA’s Attempt to Exempt Smaller Carriers from Auction Rules

May 5, 2014 5:29 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Where their members have significant low band holdings and are subject to auction restrictions, it’s an ‘unintended consequence.’ Where AT&T or Verizon have the same amount of low band holdings and are subject to auction restrictions, it’s because our low band holdings are ‘excessive,’” AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh wrote in a blog post.

Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

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Law Firm Alleges Google Has Monopoly on Mobile Search

May 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of having monopolized mobile search. In a press release, Hagens Berman said it is claiming Google "illegally monopolized, and financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search."

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.

Wheeler Says FCC Won't Allow Internet 'Slow Lane'

May 1, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told The Cable Show on Wednesday that the so-called net neutrality rules he's proposed won't allow Internet service providers to push most users onto a "slow lane" so others who pay for priority access can have superior service.

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.

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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.

AT&T: “Our Desire to Participate in [600 MHz] Auction is Unchanged”

April 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is throwing cold water on the notion that it will skip the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions over rules favoring smaller carriers. “Our desire to participate in this auction and our hope for a successful auction is unchanged,” AT&T wrote in the filling. “We believe that all stakeholders will be able to work together to achieve a successful incentive auction for the 600 MHz band.”

FCC’s 3.5 GHz Proposal Could Result in Spectrum Auction

April 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second tier, the Commission has proposed to, on an annual basis, allow applications for available Priority Access Licenses (PAL) with the possibility of allowing licensees to aggregate PAL licenses by making available multiple consecutive years of PALs licenses available at the same time. The FCC would hold an auction to assign PALs where there are mutually exclusive applications pending.

FCC Will Propose New Pay-for-Priority Internet Rules

April 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

FCC Approves T-Mobile's 700 MHz A Block Deal with Verizon

April 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today gave its blessing to T-Mobile's acquistion of a swatch of 700 MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon. In an emailed statement, T-Mobile Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs Kathleen Ham thanked the FCC for approving the deal. 

Meredith Attwell Baker Takes Top CTIA Post

April 23, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA's President and CEO Steve Largent is handing over the reigns to former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker.  Baker, who worked at CTIA early in her carreer, will take over for Largent, who had announced his retirement back in October.

Apple Offering Free Recycling on All Used Products

April 21, 2014 4:16 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company's website that debuted Monday.

Report: Possible Sprint/T-Mobile Deal Would Spark FCC Auction Rule Redo

April 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly proposed limitations for AT&T and Verizon Wireless, who together hold the majority of available low-band spectrum licenses. But the FCC based its rules on “current market structure” and would reconsider if a Sprint-T-Mobile tie-up proceeded, according to a Reuters report.

T-Mobile Calls for More Clarity Leading Up to AWS Auction

April 18, 2014 10:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Without additional clarity about the impact of government operations in the band, wireless carriers’ bidding strategies will have to be made in a vacuum, potentially depressing auction participation and revenues,” Steve Sharkey, a senior director of government affairs at T-Mobile, said in a statement.

AT&T Warns FCC It Might Skip 600 MHz Auction Over Spectrum Rules

April 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once bidding for those markets hits a set threshold. After the threshold it hit, carriers holding at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market wouldn’t be allowed to bid. AT&T and Verizon would experience the most impact from this rule though in some markets, smaller regional carriers like U.S. Cellular would be restricted.

CTIA Partners with Big Tech on Voluntary Anti-Theft Program

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a high-profile list of carriers and device OEMs, including Apple, Asurion, AT&T, Google, Samsung, Huawei Device USA, Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. 

Thieves in Plain Sight: No One is Immune to Data Attacks

April 15, 2014 4:05 pm | by Asif Ramji, President and CEO, Paymetric, Inc. | Articles | Comments

To some executives, the idea of crime against merchants and high-volume data breaches might seem like the latest Hollywood action movie. While it is a reality for retailers because those are the companies we see on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, it seems like fiction for everyone else.

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