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FCC Wants to Upgrade Your Phone to 5G

12:33 PM ET Phone companies like to brag about offering blazing fast "4G" technology. But the U.S. government is already starting to explore the next generation of wireless technology: "5G." The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Friday to begin seeking public input on opening up new airwaves that could, one day, allow smartphone ...

Lawmakers Skeptical of FBI’s Push for Encryption Back Doors

October 17, 2014 Silicon Valley and the nation's law enforcement community are in an arms race. Tech companies like Apple and Google want to make the data customers carry on their smartphones and computers more secure, safe from the prying eyes of spies and identity thieves alike. But law-enforcement officials—from the FBI to ...

The FBI Wants Internet Wiretapping Powers

October 16, 2014 The FBI is asking Congress to give it new powers to force technology companies to turn over private information on their customers. FBI Director James Comey warned Thursday that new technologies are making it easy for criminals to hide incriminating information from police. "The FBI has a sworn duty to ...

Why General Motors is Wading Into the Net Neutrality Debate

October 16, 2014 The major cell-phone carriers have a new ally in their fight against stricter net-neutrality regulations: General Motors. The car company sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month urging the agency not to impose tough rules on wireless Internet service. Treating wireless Internet the same as a ...

Obama Comes out Swinging Against Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

October 10, 2014 President Obama is lobbying his own Federal Communications Commission chairman to enact stronger net-neutrality regulations. Speaking in Los Angeles on Thursday, Obama said he is "unequivocally committed" to net neutrality and that he is opposed to "the notion that somehow some folks can pay a little more money and get ...

Could Selfies Replace Passwords?

October 9, 2014 The Obama administration's top cybersecurity official wants to get rid of passwords. "Frankly, I would love to kill the password dead as a primary security method, because it's terrible," said Michael Daniel, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, during a discussion Thursday hosted by the Center for National Policy and The ...

Selfies Could Replace the Password

October 9, 2014 The Obama administration's top cybersecurity official wants to get rid of passwords. "Frankly, I would love to kill the password dead as a primary security method, because it's terrible," said Michael Daniel, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, during a discussion Thursday hosted by the Center for National Policy and The ...

AT&T Will Pay Millions in Refunds After Charging for Celebrity Gossip and Flirting Tips

October 8, 2014 AT&T illegally placed millions of dollars in bogus charges on consumers' cell-phone bills, state and federal regulators said Wednesday. The company agreed to a $105 million settlement with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and attorneys general from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Consumers who ...

Facebook Retools Secret Research Guidelines

October 3, 2014 Facebook is trying to reassure its users after a controversial experiment that purposefully manipulated their emotions. But the company has a long way to go to win over privacy advocates. Facebook announced new guidelines Thursday for future research projects. Any studies that focus on particular groups (such as people of ...

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FCC Mulls Banning Redskins Name

September 30, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is weighing whether to ban TV stations from saying the name of Washington's football team. A law professor filed a petition with the agency earlier this month, claiming that the name "Redskins" violates federal rules barring any indecent content on broadcast television. At a press conference ...