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FCC Launches 2014 Media Ownership Rules Review

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 2010 Quadrennial Review of broadcast ownership rules has generated a high level of interest and participation, creating an extensive record that continues to attract significant and substantive input well after the formal comment periods have expired.

Why can't anyone make money in hyperlocal news?

Location:
USA, United States

Hyperlocal news coverage on the Web has been touted as conventional journalism's best hope in the digital era. One big problem: No one has figured out how to make money from it.

Fast Home Wireless: A Content Weapon?

Location:
Broadcom, 5300 California Avenue, Irvine, CA, 92617, United States

Broadcom announced the guts for a new kind of home router that is says will zip information around the house at up to 3.2 gigabits per second, about twice what a current, high-end home Wi-Fi device can do.

Consumer first-quarter 2014: analysis and outlook

Location:
Concurrent Media Strategies, 2500 Q Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States

The first quarter of 2014 was marked by controversies that dragged key elements of the connected-consumer space into the public policy arena -- dangerous and unpredictable ...

That China Mobile Deal Is Paying Off for Apple’s App Store

Location:
Apple Headquarters, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

After years of talks, Apple struck a deal in 2013 with the world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, and began selling the iPhone 5s and 5c on its network on Jan 17.

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Carriers Back Anti-Theft Measures for Smartphones

Location:
Apple Headquarters, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

With several states and municipalities considering various mandatory “kill-switch” laws for mobile devices, the wireless industry announced a voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones starting 2015.

Conspirators in Two Android Mobile Device App Piracy Groups Plead Guilty

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

Members of two different piracy groups engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications have pleaded guilty for their roles in separate schemes, each designed to distribute more than one million copies of copyrighted apps.

Aging surveillance drones become flying Wi-Fi hotspots

Location:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States

With all of the talk of Facebook’s efforts to blanket the planet with drones that the company promises will provide global Wi-Fi accessibility, another technology leader, the US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has also entered the drone Wi-Fi game.

The insanely fast Wi-Fi router you’ll probably never need

Location:
Quantenna, 3450 W. Warren Avenue, Fremont, CA, 94538, United States

The average American household connects to the Internet at a rate of 10 megabits per second. Not bad, but also not fantastic -- by way of comparison, a single HD Netflix stream takes up 5.8 Mbps of bandwidth.

Clear Channel Says Radio Hosts Are Still Relevant

Location:
Clear Channel Communications, 200 E. Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78209, United States

Radio isn’t dead. It just wasn’t advertised correctly, according to Clear Channel Communications CEO Bob Pittman.

Issues Related to Allegations of Warehousing and Vertical Foreclosure in the Satellite Space Segment

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission terminated a Notice of Inquiry that explores issues relating to allegations that certain fixed-satellite service operators are "warehousing" satellite orbital locations and foreclosing competitors from purchasing capacity on their satellites.

How Can the Department of Education Increase Innovation, Transparency and Access to Data?

Location:
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202, United States

Despite the growing amount of information about higher education, many students and families still need access to clear, helpful resources to make informed decisions about going to -- and paying for -- college.

Why President Obama's Data Could Be Too Much for Many Dem Candidates

If political races have become data wars, conventional wisdom has it, the Democrats clearly have the advantage in 2014 and 2016.

FCC Teeing Up Spectrum Screen Item

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to circulate an order on its proposal to make changes to its local market spectrum aggregation screen, according to sources inside and outside the FCC.

Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it’s legal

Location:
Aereo, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY, 11101, United States

To avoid being shut down, Aereo must persuade the Supreme Court that it has a legal home within these technologies and the elaborate regulatory rules that have sprung up around them.

New CoSN Report Reveals How Portugal Is Reinventing Learning

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released a report detailing the association’s senior delegation to Portugal last October (October 18-26, 2013). Titled “Reinventing Learning in Portugal: An Ecosystem Approach.”

Bridging the Gap: The Correlation between African Americans, Broadband Usage, and the Success of the Telecom Industry

Location:
Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, 3636 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20010, United States

African American ownership of Federal Communications Commission-licensed television broadcast stations has declined from a high of 21 stations, to just three.

Tampa grand jury accuses phone company owners of $32 million fraud

Location:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 801 North Florida Ave., Tampa, FL, 33602, United States

The universal service charge, one of those pesky fees on phone bills, is supposed to subsidize phone lines for rural or impoverished Americans.

Frontier says E-rate funding should not fund middle-mile overbuilds

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Frontier Communications is ready to serve rural school districts with its own last mile services but says the Federal Communications Commission should not extend funding to other competitors to overbuild where they already provide service.

Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

Location:
Apple Headquarters, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way iBeacon works on iPhones. iBeacon has been around for a while, and marketers liked the concept in principle.

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