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Scratch Wireless Unveils Free 'Wi-Fi First' Mobile Service

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When you buy a Scratch smartphone, you'll never have to pay a penny for service. No contracts. No ads. No catch. Just free service, according to the new wireless company.

Phone Users Have 'Duty' Not to Text Drivers

Location:
NJ, United States
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The New Jersey Superior Court found that a girl is not responsible for an accident that occurred after she texted a friend who was driving, but concluded that residents do have a "duty" not to text someone they know is behind the wheel.

German Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Ban Expanded to Entire EU

Location:
Dusseldorf, Germany
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A German ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was expanded today to include the entire European Union. Samsung, however, can continue to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet in the region.

Fastest Mobile Networks 2012

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USA, United States
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PCMag hit the road to test 3G and 4G networks in 30 US cities. Researchers tested the five largest U.S. carriers: AT&T, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

Obama's 'US-Ignite' Broadband Plan Ignites Nothing

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
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Internet access in the U.S. is lousy. So the Obama Administration announced "US Ignite," which is supposedly a strategy to make the Internet "100 times faster" by developing a one-gigabit network backbone between cities and universities. That's nice, but the government is frosting a plate without a cake on it.

Irish Regulators Order Facebook to Boost Privacy Protections

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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In response to an audit by Irish data protection officials, Facebook has agreed to be more transparent about its facial-recognition feature and how its European users' data is used, the social network announced.

Zuckerberg: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Collect Data 'Behind Your Back'

Location:
Facebook, 1601 S California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, United States
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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the Charlie Rose show with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and the duo touched on everything from privacy and the future of sharing to Steve Jobs and hitting one billion users.

Eric Schmidt: Google Does Not Dominate Search, Mobile

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
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After hearing testimony from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in September, several senators had additional questions for the company. The Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee released Schmidt's responses to those queries. Here’s some highlights...

Verizon API To Give Apps 'Turbo' Bandwidth Boost

Location:
Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
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Verizon will publish an application programming interface (API) that could allow consumers to "turbocharge" the network bandwidth their smartphone apps use for a small fee.

AT&T vs. Verizon: LTE, Head-to-Head

Location:
Houston, TX, United States
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In head-to-head tests in Houston (TX), AT&T's new LTE network is faster than Verizon's.

Verizon Wireless Kicks Off 'Network Optimization' for Heavy Data Users

Location:
Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
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Verizon Wireless has officially kicked off its data throttling. Verizon claims that its "network optimization" plan isn't "throttling" as it's commonly known. Here's why: If you're a heavy user of the company's 3G mobile network, that's perfectly fine. As long as your use isn't inhibiting other customers' use of the network, Verizon isn't going to slow down your mobile connection.

10 Years After 9/11, Where Is Our Public Safety Network?

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
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In the 10 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there have been countless advances in technology, but the one thing we haven't yet mastered is a standardized, interoperable public safety network that would let our first responders communicate with one another.

AT&T Unlikely to Avoid Multi-Billion Dollar T-Mobile 'Break Up' Fee

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
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AT&T could still be forced to pay Deutsche Telekom a termination fee of at least $3 billion, even if U.S. regulators ultimately block AT&T's $39 billion takeover of Deutsche-owned T-Mobile.

FCC's New Net Neutrality Plan: Has Anything Changed?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski unveiled an updated network neutrality plan, but how is this different from the proposal the commission introduced in October 2009?