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Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on Defining Privacy

Location:
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), 2100 K. St NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: ‘‘Defining Privacy.’’

Federal Trade Commission Appoints Ashkan Soltani as Chief Technologist

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
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Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Ashkan Soltani as the agency’s Chief Technologist, succeeding Dr. Latanya Sweeney, who is returning to Harvard University, where she founded and directs Harvard’s Data Privacy Lab.

Marc Andreessen wants the AT&T-DirecTV deal to go through

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is urging federal regulators to approve AT&T's massive, $49 billion bid for DirecTV, arguing it would help push "both broadband and video to a larger portion of the country."

Dish and Turner’s Fight Reminds Us That TV Still Hasn’t Changed

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USA, United States
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One day, the TV business may look radically different than it does today. For now, it looks a lot like it has for many years: TV networks sell big bundles of programming to pay TV distributors, who make bigger bundles and sell those to pay TV subscribers.

Verizon warns cable rules 'could be fatal' for online television

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Verizon wants the Federal Communication Commission to make room for TV packages that come over the Internet, but it is worried that federal rules could prevent the services from getting off the ground.

Interesting Times for Sinclair in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
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Since Sinclair bought ABC affiliate WJLA Washington and its NewsChannel 8 cable channel, there have been staff defections. Some sources say the Sinclair’s conservative bent and statements by CEO David Smith of advertiser importance are to blame.

Public Interest Groups Give Recommendations to ITU: Focus on Digital Divide, Avoid Internet Policy

Location:
Busan, South Korea
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Public Knowledge and other public interest organizations from around the world sent a list of eight recommendations to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its Members meeting at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea.

Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind

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Can we stop the internet of things from becoming a power hungry consumer of resources? Oleg Logvinov, director, market development at ST Microelectronics and who currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group, hopes so, and discusses how we can make it more efficient.

Political Polarization and Media Habits

Location:
Pew Research Center's Journalism Project, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And whether discussing politics online or with friends, they are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals.

The Cost of Cable vs A La Carte

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USA, United States
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Combining current streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and the expected price of HBO's service would run you about half of the average price of monthly cable and satellite television service.

The Silver Economy: start-ups reinvent smartphone for the elderly

Location:
Zone-V, 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0GT, United Kingdom
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A British start-up backed by some of the world’s largest technology groups is aiming to reinvent the smartphone for elderly users -- to address a market that the UN suggests may be one-fifth of the population by 2020.

Nielsen launches system to measure online audiences

Location:
Nielsen, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-9595, United States
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Nielsen is rolling out a new system that aims to become the standard currency for pricing digital content.

iPhone 6 Recharges Apple’s Growth

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States
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Apple said its quarterly profit rose 13%, and it predicted record holiday sales in the current three-month period. Apple’s resurgence is driven by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which the company introduced in September.

32 Cities Back Municipal Broadband Initiative

Location:
Cross Campus, 929 Colorado, Santa Monica, CA, 90401, United States
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Next Century Cities, an initiative billing itself as a bipartisan effort “dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities," launched with 32 cities on board.

Why Chicago is mandating coding education

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) believes the language of the future is code writing -- and he wants every kid in Chicago to be prepared.

Apple’s Mac computers can automatically collect your location information

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States
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Apple has begun automatically collecting the locations of users and the queries they type when searching for files with the newest Mac operating system, a function that has provoked backlash for a company that portrays itself as a leader on privacy.

‘Truthy’ study of tweets is valuable to the public

Location:
Potomac, MD, United States
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Regarding Ajit Pai’s Oct. 18 op-ed, “A ‘Truthy’ study: #wasteful #Orwellian,” on the “Truthy” study of tweet trends: It is important to remember that the study is by the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research. While it is government-funded, it is not a government project.

FEMA administrator warns of cellphone vulnerabilities during disasters

Location:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Hyattsville, MD, 20782-7055, United States
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Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate is touting the benefits of having cellphone carriers enable FM radio on smartphones. He said broadcast radio is, at times, the only way to receive emergency information during a disaster, when other services are jammed with overuse.

Cablecutters: Cable’s Not Going Anywhere

Location:
USA, United States
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For all those cable haters out there, sorry: Cutting the cord won't mean cutting out your cable provider.

Jean L. Kiddoo Joins FCC As Deputy Chief, Wireless Bureau

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced that Jean L. Kiddoo has joined as Deputy Bureau Chief.

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