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  • Critics oppose Republican spectrum plan

    A Republican proposal to auction more wireless spectrum to mobile carriers would leave U.S. police and fire departments "worse off" than they are today, instead of creating the new nationwide public safety mobile-broadband network anticipated for a decade, one police chief said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross16 July 11 05:11
  • Study: Ad networks not honoring do-not-track promises

    Some online advertising networks continue to track Web users after tracking opt-out requests, even though the networks have promised to honor those questions, according to a new study from Stanford University's Center for Internet Society.

    Written by Grant Gross15 July 11 06:12
  • Engineers: PROTECT IP Act would break DNS

    Provisions in U.S. legislation designed to protect copyright online could break the Internet's Domain Name System by driving users to untrusted DNS services outside the U.S., a group of Internet engineers said Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross15 July 11 04:29
  • Republican spectrum plan would kill net neutrality

    A proposal by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans to free up spectrum for mobile broadband use would remove net neutrality rules on new spectrum auctions and would make it difficult for innovators to use unlicensed spectrum going forward, a digital rights group said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross14 July 11 06:16
  • Senate report: Phone bill cramming costs billions

    Third-party charges on U.S. consumer and business telephone bills, most of them unauthorized by the customer, amount to US $2 billion a year, according to a new report from a U.S. Senate committee.

    Written by Grant Gross14 July 11 02:27
  • Study: Fair use drives large part of US economy

    Industries that rely on fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright law have weathered the recent slow economy better than other businesses, according to a new study released by a tech trade group.

    Written by Grant Gross12 July 11 05:57
  • EU upset by Microsoft warning about US access to EU cloud

    Members of the European Parliament have demanded to know what lawmakers intend to do about the conflict between the European Union's Data Protection Directive and the U.S. Patriot Act.

    Written by Jennifer Baker06 July 11 02:28
  • Swiss party makes dislike of PowerPoint a political issue

    Many people dislike PowerPoint, Microsoft's ubiquitous application for creating business presentations, but few would take a political stand over it. However, that's exactly what Switzerland's Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP) seeks to do -- along with making a bit of money.

    Written by Peter Sayer05 July 11 04:57
  • Senators push for privacy, data security legislation

    Democratic members of a Senate committee promised Wednesday to push hard for new online privacy protections and for legislation that would require companies to put security monitoring tools on their networks.

    Written by Grant Gross30 June 11 04:41
  • US House approves patent reform bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill that would overhaul the U.S. patent system and allow for a new review of patents after they are approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Written by Grant Gross24 June 11 08:57
  • New bill would ban some US e-waste exports

    New legislation in the U.S. Congress would prohibit U.S. companies from exporting hazardous electronic waste to developing nations where some computers, monitors and electronic devices are recycled in primitive conditions.

    Written by Grant Gross24 June 11 05:43
  • Senators propose mobile location privacy law

    Following a recent uproar over the ways in which Apple and Google collect location information from mobile users, two U.S. senators have proposed a law that would require companies to get permission from mobile users before sharing that information with third parties.

    Written by Nancy Gohring16 June 11 09:07
  • EU ministers seek to ban creation of 'hacking tools'

    Justice Ministers across Europe want to make the creation of "hacking tools" a criminal offense, but critics have hit back at the plans, saying that they are unworkable.

    Written by Jennifer Baker15 June 11 21:27
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