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Why Is The NAACP Siding With Verizon Over Net Neutrality?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The NAACP and several other major civil rights groups have emerged as flashpoints in the debate over net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

Not much to fear about sponsored data

Location:
Sandvine, 408 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3V3, Canada
Recommendation:
2

In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission has been paying undue attention to the (so far) commercially-uninteresting and technologically-unfeasible notion of paid prioritization. In the meantime, other commercially reasonable practices get deployed, both in the US and around the world. One such practice is “sponsored data.”

Work to Bolster Health Website Is Raising Cost, Officials Say

Location:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21244, United States
Recommendation:
2

Obama administration officials said that the cost of the federal health insurance exchange was growing because they were assigning new work to contractors in an effort to prevent a repetition of the problems that crippled HealthCare.gov last fall.

Iliad Sets the Pace for Sprint on T-Mobile

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
2

Iliad swooped in before Sprint formally placed its long-awaited offer for T-Mobile. The latter's stock shot up. But that likely reflects hope that Sprint would be spurred into action, rather than excitement about Iliad's bid itself.

EBay Workforce Has Big Tech’s Highest Female Percentages, Company Data Show

Location:
eBay, 2065 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95125, United States
Recommendation:
2

With 42 percent of its 33,000 global workforce being female, eBay reported the best gender balance of several big tech companies that have revealed their workforce diversity numbers lately.

China Harasses US Tech Companies

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
1

China has opened what appear to be politically motivated antitrust investigations into American technology companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm.

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What’s in the E-rate Order? A Streamlined Process

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The third major goal adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in the latest E-rate reform proceeding is to make the E-rate application process (and other E-rate processes) fast, simple and efficient.

TWC's Dodgers channel dispute a case for a la carte pricing

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Time Warner Cable was patting itself on the back after saying it was willing to have a federal arbitrator step in to resolve its long-running dispute with other pay-TV companies over the cost of the new Dodgers channel.

Why did all these countries start asking for Twitter’s user data?

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since its last transparency report, Twitter says eight new countries have begun asking for user data, for a total of 54. What explains the spread isn't clear.

Judge Rules That Microsoft Must Turn Over Data Stored in Ireland

Location:
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
2

Judge Loretta Preska of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld a magistrate judge’s earlier ruling that Microsoft must turn over the customer’s e-mails, held in a Microsoft data center in Ireland. Judge Preska agreed to stay her order while the company pursues an appeal.

The Public Sector Considers Mobile-First Approaches to Citizen Interactions

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

More states and cities are announcing “mobile-first” strategies, but what does that really mean?

Top tech execs need to speak up on diversity

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The sound of silence. That's what we're hearing from tech's biggest names about their industry's woeful record on diversity in the workforce and the urgent need to improve it Not one high-ranking CEO has stepped up to provide leadership for the industry or articulate concrete plans for diversifying the workforce.

NCTA's Powell: TiVo Just Wrong About CableCARD

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Michael Powell called "spurious" TiVo’s claim that an agreement between TiVo and Comcast to work on a non-CableCARD retail set-top retail "solution" argues for retaining the ban on integrated security and channel surfing functions in leased boxes.

Cord Cutting Hits European Markets, Report Finds

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
2

Cord-cutting, the bane of traditional cable and pay-TV, may finally have reached Europe.

FCC Will Begin Accepting Law Student And Judicial Clerk Applications

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission will accept applications from graduating law students and current judicial clerks for its Fall 2015 Attorney Honors Program.

Bart Gibbon, Information Technology Engineer, Office of Policy Coordination and Management

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

Bart Gibbon is an information technology engineer at National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s remote site operations in Gettysburg (PA), he has worked since he joined the agency in 2005.

It’s Not Just About Privacy

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s easy to get caught up in the simplistic debate that often dominates the surveillance conversation: that this is about balancing national security and individual privacy. But the binary argument over security vs. privacy ignores the other negative impacts of National Security Agency surveillance on our national interests.

Smartphones Become Next Frontier in Cybersecurity

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

There is a new frontier in cybersecurity: The computers masquerading as phones in consumers' pockets. Smartphones are constantly connected to the Internet, infrequently updated and are challenging to secure. They're rich targets, recording pictures, names of associates and conversations.

T-Mobile's Legere: We don't need to make a deal to be successful

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
2

T-Mobile US said it added 1.47 million total net new subscribers in the second quarter, including 908,000 branded postpaid net adds.

Frontier CEO says she'll beat Google Fiber 'hype' with better prices

Location:
Portland, OR, United States
Recommendation:
2

You don't need a gig. That's the case Frontier Communications chief executive Maggie Wilderotter is making as Google Fiber readies a charge into the Portland (OR) area, perhaps as soon as 2015.

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