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Handcuffing Cities to Help Telecom Giants

from Backchannel It’s good to be one of the handful of companies controlling data transmission in America. It’s even better?—?from their perspective?—?to avoid oversight. And it’s best of all to be a carrier that gets government to actually stop existing oversight. The stagnant telecommunications industry in America has long pursued the second of those goals?—?avoiding […]

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Why Are Digital-Privacy Apps So Hard to Use?

from The Atlantic Unless two people are in the same room, it’s hard for them to communicate information securely. Phone calls, emails, and text messages could be open to eavesdropping from governments, companies, or hackers—and even paper mail is subject to tracking. Truly private online communications have been available for some time, but most require […]

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FCC Chair: New Internet Service Rules Not Even Close To Utility Regulation

from ars technica Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today defended the FCC’s new rules for Internet service providers, saying they are “about as far from the old-style monopoly regulation as you can get.” While cable companies and telecommunications providers have threatened lawsuits, claiming the “utility” rules will hurt consumers and impede investment, Wheeler talked about how lenient the […]

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The Future of the Internet Might Hinge on This Bet

from Medium Humans are driven by metaphors. We can’t help it. “Internet access is like electricity,” we say, and that leads to a host of other mental images: standard plugs for a wealth of devices, warm light against a dark frozen landscape, the burdens of life made more bearable. The warring metaphor now is “the […]

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T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear

from NYTs A rash of consumer-friendliness has broken out across the mobile data industry. Over the last year, the four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile — have cut prices and offered greater flexibility in how they sell their voice, text and broadband services. The industry could be on the verge of an all-out price […]

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Microsoft’s Skype Now Commands A Third Of A Dying Market

from readwrite mobile At CeBIT this week, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that 33% of the world’s voice calls happen on Skype now, as Stephen Shankland reports. That’s a tremendous number. But it just might represent a hollow victory for Microsoft, which owns Skype. Microsoft acquired Skype to “increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing […]

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That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker

from NYTs THE device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone — guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let’s stop calling them phones. They are trackers. Most doubts about the principal function of these devices were erased when it was recently disclosed that cellphone carriers responded 1.3 […]

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Network: The Secret Life of Your Personal Data, Animated

from Brain Pickings We’ve already explored the physical underbelly of the Internet, but what happens to the actual data that it digests? 28,000 MMS messages — multimedia pieces of communication like photos, videos, and voice communication — are sent into the world every second, and cell phone companies record much of the metadata that travels with […]

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Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T’s Takeover of T-Mobile

from WSJ The U.S. Justice Department is suing to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, saying Wednesday that the combination of the second- and fourth-largest U.S. cellphone companies would hurt competition and likely raise prices. At a news conference Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the combination would result in […]

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Opt-In Rules Are a Good Start

from NYTs FACEBOOK seems to have finally learned its lesson: Permission is everything. Many Web site visitors are willing to share personal information about themselves — provided that their consent is obtained first. Consent cannot be presumed, however. Sneaky is not O.K. Facebook appeared to figure this out the hard way: it would make unilateral […]

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