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Time for TV in the Supreme Court

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
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2

Televise the Supreme Court’s proceedings.

Why tech firms are set to face complex ethical issues

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
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1

The idea of access is something we think a lot about at Twitter and have since the company began. The founders thought about access in terms of a group of friends being able ...

How to bend social media to your will

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
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1

George Takei put a lot of thought into the question of how to attract Twitter followers, and perhaps his answers will be of use to readers trying to bend social media to their will.

Chairman Wheeler Appoints New Director Of Legislative Affairs

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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1

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Mike Dabbs as Director of the FCC Office of Legislative Affairs.

Is the White House Skirting Government-wide Cybersecurity Rules?

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
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1

The White House’s Executive Office of the President hasn’t submitted reports detailing compliance with federal cybersecurity rules for the past three years, according to a letter to President Barack Obama written by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI).

Phoning home? Ily reimagines the landline as smarter and easier to use

Location:
Insensi, 115 West 30th Street, New York, NY, 10001, United States
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1

Ilan Abehassera had a communication problem. As a father of three young children who traveled a lot, it was hard for him to stay in touch with his family. So he came up with Ily, a new phone his New York City company Insensi designed and recently made available for preorder for $199.

FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines

Location:
Sacramento, CA, United States
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2

The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back to 2014, including one early on June 30.

Smartphone 'kill switch' law takes effect in California

Location:
California State Legislature, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States
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1

Thieves, consider yourselves on notice: California is now smartphone "kill switch" territory. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed a bill August 2014 mandating kill switch software be included and turned on in all smartphones manufactured after July 1st and sold in the state.

WDBJ Fights FCC Indecency Fine

Location:
WDBJ Television, 2807 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA, 24017, United States
Recommendation:
2

CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke (VA) has filed its opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's proposed $325,000 indecency fine, which the FCC imposed for a brief video clip, albeit of a sexual organ, which the station says was inadvertently included in a story about a "controversy in Cave Spring, Va."

AT&T: Competition in US wireless 'has gone into overdrive;' CCA says not so fast

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
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1

Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the US wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the Federal Communications Commission as it prepares its latest annual competition report

LightSquared to GPS industry: Work with us on interference testing or stop complaining

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States
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1

LightSquared is serving notice to the GPS industry, its longtime nemesis: participate in new tests on interference between LightSquared's spectrum and GPS receivers or waive your right to complain, according to a lawyer representing LightSquared.

Introducing the ‘right to eavesdrop on your things’

Location:
Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA, United States
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2

There’s a pretty good argument that the Internet of Things is going to be a security and privacy disaster. It’s not just paranoia -- it’s more of a business reality.

Survey Finds 66 Percent of Netflix Subscribers Using Pay TV

Location:
USA, United States
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1

Greater numbers of Netflix subscribers are “cutting the cord” on pay-TV providers.

A New Framework to Identify Truly ‘Educational’ Apps

Location:
Penn State Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Rd, Media, PA, United States
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1

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Jennifer Zosh examine the issue of the difficulty in finding education apps in their paper "Putting the Education in “Educational” Apps: Lessons from the Science of Learning."

FCC Reaches Agreement With Tracfone To Unlock Mobile Phones & Provide Other Consumer Benefits

Location:
Tracfone Wireless, 9700 Northwest 112th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33178, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau has reached a settlement with TracFone Wireless, Inc. to provide unlocking of TracFone handsets to millions of American consumers.

Chicago’s 'cloud tax' makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive

Location:
Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL, 60602, United States
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1

On July 1, a new "cloud tax" takes effect in Chicago (IL), targeting online databases and streaming entertainment services. It's a puzzling tax, cutting against many of the basic assumptions of the web, but the broader implications could be even more unsettling.

China passes new national security law extending control over Internet

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China
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1

China has passed a wide-ranging national security law expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

Petition Backs TWC Shareholder Proposal

Location:
Timer Warner Cable, One Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
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1

Advocacy group SumOfUs.org has launched a petition backing a resolution from some Time Warner Cable shareholders calling on the company to disclose its political spending and "end the funding of shadow organizations opposed to net neutrality."

Mobile Subscriber Forecast Calls for 128 Percent Penetration by 2020

Location:
Strategy Analytics, 199 Wells Ave, Newton, MA, 02459, United States
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1

The US mobile market is entering a new evolutionary phase as use of consumer adoption of mobile and wireless devices and services nears, or has reached, saturation, according to Strategy Analytics.

FCC Commissioner Pai’s Statement On the Need to Extend Broadband Throughout Rural America

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

This week, I've had the privilege of seeing firsthand the opportunities that thigh-speed broadband can bring to rural America.

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