• Franken Warns Regulators That AT&T/DirecTV Merger Could Affect Neutrality, Broadband Access
    Regulators who are evaluating AT&T's bid to take over DirecTV should consider the telecom's recent history of "skirting the spirit" of neutrality principles, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says. "AT&T allegedly had blocked applications that compete with its own voice and messaging services, including Skype, Google Voice and Apple's FaceTime," Franken writes in a letter to the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission.
  • Lawmaker Asks FTC To Investigate Facebook Psych Experiment
    Facebook's now-infamous social experiment on 700,000 unsuspecting users "invites questions" about whether this type of research should be regulated, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission. Warner is urging the FTC to investigate the "potential ramifications" of the social networking service's research. He expresses a number of concerns, including whether Facebook "responsibly assessed the risks and benefits of conducting this behavioral experiment."
  • Safari Users Draw On Cell-Phone Ruling In Battle With Google, WPP And Vibrant Media
    In a recent decision hailed as a victory for digital privacy rights, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police need to obtain a warrant before searching a suspect's cell phone. Now, a group of Safari users who are suing Google, Vibrant Media and WPP's Media Innovation Group say that the ruling supports the argument that those companies violated the law by allegedly circumventing Safari's no-tracking settings.
  • Howard Dean Warns Against Two-Tier Internet
    Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who famously used the Internet to rally support for his 2004 presidential campaign, warned today that the Federal Communications Commissions' proposed broadband regulations could squelch political debate. "If you proceed with a two tier Internet, it could result in political bloggers, news outlets, and even organizations like Democracy for America being silenced because the powers that be don't like our message -- or because we can't pay their sky-high rates," he said in comments submitted to the FCC today.
  • Tough Talk On Muni-Broadband Gets Mixed Reaction
    A proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to end restrictions on muni-broadband networks is drawing cheers from the National League of Cities. Local governments should have the flexibility to address broadband and Internet access in a way that meets the needs of the people they serve, the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors says in a letter sent to the FCC late last week.
  • Privacy Watchdog Asks FTC To Investigate Facebook's Social Experiment
    Facebook's social experiment on 700,000 unsuspecting users constitutes a deceptive and unfair practice, the Electronic Privacy Information Center says in a complaint filed on Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission. The privacy watchdog is asking the FTC to investigate Facebook's "unlawful manipulation" of users' news feeds. "The company purposefully messed with people's minds," EPIC asserts in its papers.
  • New 'Right To Forget' Already Clashes With Press Freedom In U.K.
    In 2010, the U.K. newspaper The Guardian wrote a series of articles about Dougie McDonald, a referee who resigned after lying about why he imposed a penalty in a soccer match. Until recently, European residents who conducted Google searches for McDonald's name were shown links to those articles. No longer. As of today, the links have vanished from Google's European search results pages. That's thanks to a European court, which ruled in May that individuals have the right to be "forgotten" by search engines. The company reportedly has since received 50,000 requests to remove articles that cast the subjects in ...
  • Online Education Companies Criticize FCC's Pay-For-Play Broadband Proposal
    The net neutrality rules currently under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission would imperil companies offering online education, as well as their graduates, tech startups argue in new FCC filings. The startups -- CodeCombat, General Assembly, Codeacademy, and Open Curriculum -- warn that they might not be able to offer the same kinds of interactive educational services as at present, if the FCC allows Internet service providers to charge content companies for speedier delivery.
  • Facebook Runs Social Experiment On Unsuspecting Users
    Facebook once again found itself at the center of a controversy this weekend, when industry watchers learned that the company conducted a social experiment on some 700,000 unsuspecting users.
  • KlearGear's Bad-Review Fee Costs It $300,000
    The online retailer KlearGear has been ordered to pay more than $300,000 to John Palmer and Jennifer Kulas, a married couple targeted by the company for posting a bad review of its service.
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