• Federal Health Privacy Law Doesn't Apply To Wearables, Online Storage Services
    A landmark law privacy protecting people's health and medical information doesn't cover wearables like Fitbit, testing companies or online services that allow people to store individual health records, Pro Publica reports. “If you were trying to draft a privacy law from scratch, this is not the way you would do it,” attorney Adam Greene said, referring to the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Gigabit Service Coming To Lincoln, Nebraska
    Every home and business in Lincoln, Nebraska will be able to receive gigabit fiber broadband service by 2019, thanks to a deal with Internet service provider Allo. The ISP currently offers $55-a-month 100 Mbps service, but hasn't yet said how it will price the GB service, according to DSLReports.
  • Yahoo Eyed In Investigation Into Fantasy Sport Sites
    Yahoo has reportedly been subpoenaed by the New York State attorney general as part of his investigation into daily fantasy sport sites. “The attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, sought an injunction in state court Tuesday to prohibit the two most prominent daily fantasy sports websites, FanDuel and DraftKings, from operating in the state,” The New York Times reports. “Yahoo has established itself the clear No. 3 option behind FanDuel and DraftKings in terms of participation.”
  • Facebook Allowed To Block Sikh Rights Group, Judge Rules
    A judge has handed Facebook a victory in a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Sikhs for Justice, which accused the social networking service of blocking the organization's page in India at the request of the country's authorities. "Facebook’s right to block user content is protected under multiple legal doctrines, including the First Amendment, federal law and its contract," law professor Eric Goldman writes for Forbes. "Not surprisingly, then, a federal judge recently upheld Facebook’s right to block a user’s page in India even though Facebook never explained why."
  • Marketers Using 'Increasingly Granular' Tools To Reach Journalists On Social Media
    Marketers are now using "increasingly granular targeting tools" to send targeted ads to journalists on Twitter, Facebook and other social media services. The Wall Street Journal reports that its own reporters were recently sent ads from phone sanitation company Phonesoap and dietary supplement firm Herbalife, because they work for the Journal.
  • Streaming Service FilmOn Not Entitled To Cable License, D.C. Judge Says
    A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has rejected online video distributor FilmOn's argument that it's entitled to a compulsory cable license. The decision is at odds with a recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge George Wu in California, who said that FilmOn potentially is entitled to a compulsory license. Broadcasters have appealed Wu's ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which hasn't yet made a decision.  
  • T-Mobile Rivals Say Unlimited Video Will Cause Congestion
    Executives from AT&T and Sprint openly questioned T-Mobile's decision to exempt video form its data caps, FierceWireless reports. "When you give people unlimited, they use it in a significant way," Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, reportedly said at an event.
  • Verizon FiOS Tops Netflix's Streaming Video Rankings
    Verizon FiOS is still the top performing Internet service provider in Netflix's streaming video rankings for October. Verizon's average stream was 3.80 Mbps. Other companies in the top five were Cox (3.73 Mbps), Bright House Networks (3.72 Mbps), Cablevision's Optimum Online (3.71 Mbps), and Time Warner Cable (3.62 Mbps).
  • Google Rolls Out New Privacy Tool
    Google has rolled out a new privacy dashboard that aims to make it easier for people to control their privacy settings across a variety of services. The tool enables people to tell Google not to use use their names and photos as background images, or in ads.
  • T-Mobile Hikes Price Of Unlimited Data Plans
    T-Mobile is hiking the price of its unlimited data plans to $95 a month from $80. The company announced the price increase on Tuesday, along with the news that it will exempt streaming video from the data caps imposed on subscribers who pay for tiered plans.
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