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Former FCC Official to Head Cellphone Lobby

April 23, 2014 Verizon, AT&T, and the other cellphone service providers have a new top lobbyist. Meredith Attwell Baker, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, will be the new CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association, the group announced Wednesday. Baker, a Republican, was a target of fierce criticism from consumer groups when ...

The Supreme Court Doesn't Like This New TV Streaming Website, but Is It Illegal?

April 22, 2014 The Supreme Court justices were critical of the Internet video service Aereo during oral arguments Tuesday—but they appeared unsure how to rule. The justices worried that if they declare Aereo illegal, it could throw other major services, such as "cloud" storage providers, into jeopardy. Justice Stephen Breyer said he was ...

Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

April 14, 2014 For some period of time, Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security and didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered ...

This Hacker Is Getting Out of Jail -- But Not For the Reason His Supporters Hoped

April 14, 2014 A federal appeals court struck a blow on Friday against the Justice Department's campaign to crack down on computer hacking. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of Andrew Auernheimer, better known by his online alias "Weev," who was charged with stealing thousands of email addresses from AT&T's ...

U.S. Promises Not to Sue Companies for Discussing Hacks

April 10, 2014 The Obama administration wants companies to work together to battle hackers. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission issued a formal policy statement Thursday, assuring businesses that they will not face federal lawsuits for sharing information with each other about attacks on their computer systems. Companies have been nervous ...

House Panel Votes to Halt Obama's Internet Power Transfer

April 10, 2014 A House panel voted along party lines on Thursday to delay the Obama administration's plan to give up oversight over certain technical Internet management functions. Republicans are worried that the proposal, which would transfer power to an international nonprofit group, could open the door to an Internet takeover by authoritarian ...

Google to Obama: Leave Us Out of Your Spying Fight

April 9, 2014 Google is getting nervous. On the one hand, the Internet behemoth wants the public to know it’s outraged by U.S. surveillance programs and is aggressively lobbying for new rules to keep its customers’ data safe from the government’s prying eyes. But as public attention turns to data privacy, Google, Facebook, ...

Google to Obama: Leave Us Out of Your Spying Fight

April 9, 2014 Google is getting nervous. On the one hand, the Internet behemoth wants the public to know it’s outraged by U.S. surveillance programs and is aggressively lobbying for new rules to keep its customers’ data safe from the government’s prying eyes. But as public attention turns to data privacy, Google, Facebook, ...

Court Upholds FTC's Power to Sue Hacked Companies

April 8, 2014 The Federal Trade Commission has the power to sue companies that fail to protect their customers' data, a federal court in New Jersey said Monday. The ruling shoots down a challenge from Wyndham Hotels, which argued that the FTC overstepped its authority with a 2012 lawsuit against the global hotel ...

Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power

April 3, 2014 An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans ...