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Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:23

Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

Net neutrality ruling complicates US transition to IP networks

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:18

The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.

Apple antitrust compliance efforts slow, but picking up, monitor says

By Grant Gross | 16 April, 2014 01:00

After dragging its feet for months, Apple is finally making good progress on a court-ordered antitrust compliance program related to the U.S. Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing case against the company, an external monitor said.

Data breaches nail more US Internet users, regulation support rises

By Grant Gross | 15 April, 2014 04:54

More U.S. Internet users report they have been victims of data breach, while 80 percent want additional restrictions against sharing of online data, according to two surveys released Monday.

NSA denies knowing about Heartbleed flaw for years

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 07:20

The U.S. National Security Agency, which has a cybersecurity mission in addition to surveillance, has disputed a report that it knew about the Heartbleed security vulnerability for at least two years before other researchers disclosed the flaw this month.

US charges nine with distributing Zeus malware

By Grant Gross | 12 April, 2014 01:09

The U.S. Department of Justice has brought charges against nine alleged members of a criminal organization that distributed the Zeus Trojan used to steal millions of dollars from bank accounts nationwide.

US agencies: Sharing cyberthreat info isn't an antitrust violation

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 05:36

U.S. businesses can share most cyberthreat information with competitors without facing antitrust enforcement action, two U.S. enforcement agencies said Thursday.

US NTIA's plan to end ICANN contract puts Internet freedom at risk, critics say

By Grant Gross | 11 April, 2014 04:56

The freedom and openness of the Internet are at stake after the U.S. government announced plans to end its contractual oversight of ICANN, some critics said Thursday.

Senators: Comcast deal could mean higher broadband prices

By Grant Gross | 10 April, 2014 04:32

The proposed US$45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast would give the company huge market power to determine broadband prices and Internet content, a group of U.S. senators said Wednesday.

Comcast defends proposed Time Warner Cable deal

By Grant Gross | 09 April, 2014 05:55

Cable giant Comcast has fired up its messaging machine to promote its proposed US$45.2 billion purchase of fellow cable television and broadband provider Time Warner Cable, arguing the deal will benefit Time Warner's broadband customers.

Lawmakers push US attorney general for NSA surveillance changes

By Grant Gross | 09 April, 2014 04:15

Several U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the nation's attorney general to curtail the National Security Agency's collection of overseas electronic communications, saying President Barack Obama's promise to revamp a surveillance program focused on U.S. telephone records didn't go far enough.

Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

By Grant Gross | 08 April, 2014 06:51

The former social network Jerk.com acted like its name would suggest, by allowing users to label others as jerks and then charging people for the ability to change those profiles, but not delivering on that promise, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint

US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA surveillance case

By Grant Gross | 08 April, 2014 02:54

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit challenging the U.S. National Security Agency's collection of U.S. phone records filed by a conservative activist, despite a lower court's ruling that the program may be illegal.

FTC Commissioner Wright's calendar heavy on lobbyists, light on consumer groups

By Grant Gross | 05 April, 2014 06:42

The official calendar for Joshua Wright, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, shows he has had many meetings with technology company lobbyists, but none with consumer advocates, even though consumer protection is a major part of the agency's mission.

State AGs investigating Experian subsidiary's data breach

By Grant Gross | 04 April, 2014 08:17

A group of state attorneys general in the U.S. is launching an investigation into a recently disclosed data breach of 200 million personal records at a subsidiary of credit monitoring firm Experian.

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