• Uber And Lyft Face More Privacy Questions
    Politicians in New York City reportedly have joined the growing roster of people questioning whether car service companies Uber and Lyft are playing fast and loose with users' privacy. At a New York City Council hearing this week, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez reportedly asked representatives for both companies whether they shared passengers' ride history with third parties. Neither answered, according to 'Newsweek.' Both companies also reportedly stonewalled when asked about which employees had access to users' real-time geolocations via a "God view" (Uber's terminology) tool.
  • AT&T Allowed To Weigh In On Town's Effort To Build New Fiber Network
    In October, city leaders in Chanute, Kansas voted to move forward with the creation of an ultra-fast fiber broadband network. When complete, the network is expected to offer residents and businesses in the small southeast Kansas city 1GB connections for a cost of $40 a month -- which is cheaper and faster than anything now available.
  • Critics Rally Opposition To Comcast-Time Warner Merger
    A group of unlikely allies are banding together in a new initiative opposing Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. The Stop Mega Comcast Coalition includes Dish Network, Glenn Beck's The Blaze and advocacy groups Public Knowledge and Consumer Action.
  • GAO Says Consumers Lack Information About Pay-Per-Byte Pricing
    Seven out of 13 major home broadband providers now offer pay-per-byte pricing, but many subscribers lack useful information about those plans. That's according to a new report about data caps, released today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Cox Accused Of Contributing To Copyright Infringement
    In what appears to be a first, two music publishers have sued broadband provider Cox for allegedly contributing to copyright infringement by failing to kick off subscribers accused of sharing files.
  • A&T Says It Will Proceed With Fiber Rollout To 21 New Cities
    Turns out that AT&T's chief executive was overstating matters when he threatened to put the brakes on broadband expansion plans. "AT&T still plans to complete the major initiative we announced in April to expand our ultra-fast GigaPower fiber network in 25 major metropolitan areas nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas," SVP Robert Quinn said this week in a letter to the FCC. Quinn's letter comes in response to the FCC's demand that the company explain a statement earlier this month by CEO Randall Stephenson, who tried to link the company's expansion plans to the prospect of net neutrality regulations.
  • Twitter's Data Grab: Company Wants To Know What Other Apps Users Install
    In the latest data grab by a Silicon Valley company, Twitter said today that it will start collecting information about which other apps are installed on its users' phones. The company says it is doing so in order to "build a more personal Twitter experience" and "deliver tailored content" -- both of which are odd justifications, considering that Twitter users already personalize their experiences by deciding which other users to follow.
  • FCC Chair: 'Big Dogs' Bound To Sue Over Neutrality Rules
    Late last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said what some observers have long thought was obvious: New net neutrality rules will lead to another round of court challenges. "Look, the big dogs are going to sue, regardless of what comes out," Wheeler reportedly told journalists on Friday.
  • T-Mobile Promises More Accurate Speed Tests
    Faced with pressure from the Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile has agreed to change the information it gives to pay-per-byte consumers who are throttled for exceeding their data caps. The company will now send a text message to consumers who reach their maximum allotment, and a link to a speed test that will show the actual reduced speeds -- either 128 kbps or 64 kbps, depending on the plan.
  • Yahoo To Stop Serving Targeted Ads To Some Firefox Users
    When Mozilla and Yahoo announced their blockbuster new search partnership, which makes Yahoo the default search engine on Firefox, the companies also said that Yahoo will honor do-not-track commands sent by Firefox users. But what the companies meant was that Yahoo won't send some types of behaviorally targeted ads to Firefox users who have turned on do-not-track.
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