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Sen Reid blocks Sen Thune tech bill over Rosenworcel nomination fight

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blocked a tech bill championed by Sen John Thune (R-SD) because of the stalled re-nomination of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on the Federal Communications Commission.

FTC Testifies before Senate Commerce Committee about Agency’s Work to Protect Consumers and Promote Competition

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

In testimony presented to the US Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission described its work, and called for several changes to the FTC Act that would enhance its ability to protect consumers and promote competition.

FTC Chairwoman Ramirez: Set-Top Plan To Include Device Privacy Pledge

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says she has assurances that as part of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's set-top rule plan, device makers will be held to the same privacy requirements the FCC can impose on Internet service providers.

Drama builds for vote on FCC set-top box rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission's proposed rules to let pay-TV subscribers free themselves from set-top boxes may be in jeopardy. Commissioners are expected to vote Sept 29 at the agency's monthly meeting on the measure, which would require pay-TV providers make free apps available to let subscribers watch programming on other devices without the need of a set-top box.

Commissioner Rosenworcel: “Something’s not right” with Wi-Fi at debate

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

One of the members of the Federal Communications Commission, Jessica Rosenworcel, has asked the agency to investigate the ban on journalists’ Wi-Fi personal hotspots at the presidential debate held at Hofstra University. The host venue demanded that journalists pay $200 to access the event’s Wi-Fi and were told to shut down their own hotspots or leave the debate.

Government ‘hacking’ and the Playpen search warrant

Location:
George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20052, United States
Recommendation:
3

In recent months, over a dozen district courts have handed down divided opinions on the legality of a single search warrant that was used to search the computers of many visitors to a child pornography website.

Private Solutions to Broadband Adoption: An Economic Analysis

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
3

Building and maintaining broadband networks is a tremendously expensive endeavor and even where networks are built they provide less benefit if vast swaths of the earth’s population does not see any value in using them. Research indicates that awareness, digital literacy, and affordability are the key barriers to adoption.

Next Presidential Debate Will Include Internet Input

Location:
Commission on Presidential Debates, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Open Debate Coalition said that ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the top questions submitted to its PresidentialOpenQuestions.com for the Oct 9 presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis (MO), the second of three scheduled presidential debates.

Dear readers: Please stop calling us ‘the media.’ There is no such thing.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

I’m writing because I have a request: Please stop calling us “the media.” Yes, in some sense, we are the media. But not in the blunt way you use the phrase.

Next big thing: The 'uberfication' of crowdsourced news

Location:
Fresco News Inc., 85 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States
Recommendation:
3

Get ready to hear a lot about the “uberfication” of user-generated content. Yes, it’s a mouthful. But it’s also the next big thing.

Democratic Sens Slam Yahoo CEO Over Delay in Acknowledging Hack

Location:
Yahoo, 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089, United States
Recommendation:
3

Six Democratic Senators are blasting Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, saying the delay in reporting a high-profile security breach is "unacceptable."

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