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.
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.
Broadcasters might have scored a victory today against Aereo, but shouldn't count on a judicial bail-out every time their business model is challenged by a startup. That's according to Pivotal Research Group's Brian Wieser. "The ruling should not be conveyed as suggesting that broadcasters are out of the woods yet with respect to technology," he says in a report addressing today's Supreme Court decision. "We expect that new technologies will continue to come to market, and from the vantage point of today's broadcasters, they will still need to develop the capacity to iterate and adapt without relying on courts to …
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has joined the growing number of opponents to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for Internet fast lanes. This week, the mayors of New York, San Francisco and more than a dozen other large cities unanimously approved a resolution urging the FCC to support open Internet principles.
Consumers could soon regain the right to unlock their phones, two lawmakers said on Monday. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said they had reached an agreement on legislation to make clear that consumers can use their cell phones with their choice of wireless carriers.
The head of the House Judiciary Committee came out swinging today against new net neutrality regulations. "It is my belief that the Internet has flourished precisely because it is a deregulated market," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said at a two-hour hearing addressing net neutrality.
A bill that would tighten digital privacy laws has now drawn its 218th House sponsor in the House, meaning that the measure has enough support to pass in the House of Representatives. The Email Privacy Act (H.R. 1852), sponsored by Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-Kans.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Sam Graves (R-Ga.), provides that the government must obtain a search warrant before accessing emails, documents, or other information stored in the cloud.
Here's the good news: Broadband providers are doing a better job of making sure the speeds they deliver are around the same as what they advertised. What's more, average speeds have increased to 21.2 Mbps, compared to 15.6 Mbps one year ago. That's according to the Federal Communications Commission's fourth annual report, released today, addressing how well broadband providers are fulfilling their marketing promises.
Democratic lawmakers today unveiled a Net neutrality bill that aims to prevent pay-for-play agreements between Internet service providers and content companies like Netflix or Amazon. The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Rep. Doris Matsui, (D-Calif.), directs the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit ISPs from charging companies extra fees to ensure their material is delivered at fast speeds.
Siding with TheDirty.com, a federal appellate court ruled today that the gossip site isn't responsible for libelous posts authored by users. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said that the Communications Decency Act protects TheDirty.com and its founder from liability in a lawsuit filed by former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones.