• Democratic Lawmaker Backs Set-Top Box Compromise
    Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, appeared to endorse the cable industry's proposed compromise on set-top boxes. The industry's proposal would require video providers to offer content via apps for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.  
  • Facebook Prevails Against Belgian Privacy Commission
    An appellate court in Brussels has dismissed the Belgian Privacy Commission's privacy case against Facebook. The court ruled that the Belgian privacy regulator lacks jurisdiction over Facebook.
  • Google Readies Broadband Speed Test
    Google is experimenting with a broadband speed test that will enable users to easily learn the speed of the Internet connections. Measurement Lab, formed in 2009, is powering the tests.
  • AT&T Lobbyist Backs Clinton
    AT&T lobbyist Jim Cicconi is backing Hillary Clinton for president -- even though AT&T disagrees with her position on broadband issues including net neutrality and cable box competition. "This year I think it’s vital to put our country’s well being ahead of party,” Cicconi said in a statement. “Hillary Clinton is experienced, qualified, and will make a fine president. The alternative, I fear, would set our nation on a very dark path."
  • Facebook Draws On Location History To Suggest New Friends
    Facebook is now incorporating geolocation data into its "People You May Know" feature, which suggests new friends for users.“People You May Know are people on Facebook that you might know,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion. “We show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you’re part of, contacts you’ve imported and many other factors.” "One of those factors is smartphone location," writes Fusion's Kashmir Hill, who warns of potential problems with the company's approach. "There are plenty of scenarios in which Facebook casually connecting you with people because your phones were in the same place at …
  • Chrome Bug Could Allow People To Download Video Streams
    Security researchers have found a vulnerability in Google's Chrome that could enable people to download movies they stream through services like Netflix. The researchers disclosed the bug to Google on May 24th, but say they're not revealing details to the public at large until Aug. 22 at the earliest.
  • Cox Communications Falls For Phishing Scam
    Scammers are targeting Internet service providers and consumers with a new phishing scheme that relies on fake copyright notices, Torrent Freak reports. The scam involves sending fake takedown notices and settlement demands to ISPs, with requests that the notices be forwarded to subscribers. At least one large ISP -- Cox -- has been fooled by the fake emails, according to Torrent Freak.
  • White House Threatens To Veto Budget Bill That Includes Anti-Net Neutrality Provisions
    President Barack Obama's advisors say they will recommend that he veto a budget bill that includes provisions preventing the FCC from promoting net neutrality. The White House also objects to a GOP-backed proposal to slash the FCC's funding.
  • T-Mobile's Binge On Still Violates Net Neutrality, Study Says
    T-Mobile still violates net neutrality with Binge On, which exempts video streams offered by 90 providers from consumers' data caps, according to new research. "T-Mobile's policy gives special treatment to video providers that work with them. What if every ISP did this, but in a different way? In such a world, the next Netflix, Hulu, or Pied Piper might never get off the ground because keeping up with ISPs and their policies would leave them chasing their tails," says Northeastern University researcher David Choffnes.  
  • FCC Democrat: Proposal To Unlock Cable Boxes Has 'Real Flaws'
    Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says the agency's proposal for new set-top box rules "has real flaws and ... is too complicated." The proposed rules would enable consumers to more easily watch television programs on tablets, smart TVs and other devices. Rosenworcel, who voted earlier this year to consider the proposal, now says: "We need to find another way forward."
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