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Past articles by Katy:

FTC sees privacy threats in the 'Internet of Things'

As consumers buy up fitness trackers, Internet-connected thermostats and even Web-enabled cars and toothbrushes, the Federal Trade Commission has a message: It’s watching. The agency is warning that as millions of new smart devices make people’s daily lives more convenient, they’re also collecting reams of personal information that... → Read More

Barack Obama presses privacy, data breach agenda post-Sony

Taking advantage of growing consumer fears about identity theft and data breaches in the wake of the high-profile Sony hack, President Barack Obama on Monday rolled out a slew of cybersecurity and privacy initiatives, previewing proposals he’ll make in his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. While the package rehashes some legislative ideas the... → Read More

Political prediction market puts money in play

There’s nothing a politician loves more than a poll. Now throw in some political wagering with cold, hard cash. That is the concept behind PredictIt, an online political stock market that the operators say will go live Friday after clearing regulatory hurdles and receiving a no-action letter from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which... → Read More

FTC taps Washington Post reporter for tech role

The Federal Trade Commission has named Ashkan Soltani, a consumer privacy consultant and researcher, to be its next chief technologist. Soltani was a contributor to the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the National Security Agency based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the... → Read More

FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline

The FCC could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input. The comment deadline had been set for midnight Tuesday, and FCC officials hope the additional time — until midnight Friday — will... → Read More

Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled Internet streaming service Aereo illegal Wednesday, handing traditional broadcasters a resounding victory against an upstart that threatened to upend their business model. In a 6-3 decision, the high court ruled that Aereo is infringing broadcasters’ copyright when it picks up over-the-air TV signals and streams them over... → Read More

CNN to study drone use for media coverage

Broadcast TV stations have traffic helicopters, so why not drones? To uncover the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles in news reporting, CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed together for a research project to explore access and safety issues around the technology. The findings will be shared with the Federal Aviation Administration,... → Read More

Big tech walking fine line on data

A year after Edward Snowden shocked citizens with details of how much of their lives are being snapped up by the National Security Agency, tech giants have sounded alarms about the government’s practices — but maintained near radio silence about their own data-collection efforts. Top Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo have... → Read More

Patent Troll Bill Officially Stalled in Senate

High hopes for a new law aimed at curbing patent troll abuses were all but dashed today when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the judiciary committee, said he was taking a patent reform bill off the agenda. For the past two months, Leahy and ranking member Sen. → Read More

FCC's Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position

What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new rulemaking on net neutrality, opened less than a week ago. → Read More

NFL Sunday Ticket Is Linchpin of AT&T, DirecTV Deal

DirecTV's rights to NFL Sunday Ticket—a football package that gives subscribers access to every NFL game that plays on Sunday—is so important that it is a key clause in the deal with AT&T. → Read More

Sprint to Pay $7.5 Million for Violating FCC's Do Not Call Rules

Sprint agreed to pay a record $7.5 million for violating the Federal Communications Commission's Do Not Call rules, the largest such settlement ever reached by the agency. An FCC investigation launched in 2012 found that Sprint failed to honor consumer requests to opt out of marketing messages delivered via phone and text messages. → Read More

AT&T Deal to Buy DirecTV Rocks Telecom, Media Universe

The AT&T deal to buy DirecTV is officially only a couple hours old, but it's already shaking up the telecom and media industry and causing consumer groups to fret. Announced shortly after 5 p.m. → Read More

New Net Neutrality Rules Are Coming

Interrupted only twice by protestors before a packed room and several overflow rooms, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to proceed with establishing new net neutrality rules. The 3-2 vote was a déjà vu moment from 2010 when the commission passed the first rules that landed it in court. → Read More

The Hidden Hazards of Online Ads

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet ad companies no doubt saw Congress coming when they reinvigorated industry efforts to combat malvertising and protect consumers.  A new report released Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s permanent subcommittee on investigations concluded that the online advertising industr → Read More

Big Broadband: Regulating Internet Like a Utility Would Stifle the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is getting it from all sides on his net neutrality proposal—caught between consumer groups, big Internet companies, and now big broadband providers, all of whom are decidedly unhappy. → Read More

Online Publishers Association Gets a New CEO

The Online Publishers Association, a relatively new organization representing some of the biggest publishing brands on the Internet, named Jason Kint CEO. Kint, a former svp of CBS Interactive and general manager of the group's sports division, replaces Pam Horan, who had served as president since 2006. He'll start May 27. → Read More

Internet Activist Campaign Over Net Neutrality Escalates

Internet activists and consumer groups are hoping to mount another Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)-like campaign to convince the Federal Communications Commission to adopt ironclad net neutrality rules and abandon its current proposal. → Read More

Internet Ad Companies Up the Ante on Ad Scams

One big problem with fraudulent ads on the Internet is they keep coming back—and that's not good for either sellers or buyers of digital advertising. → Read More

Snapchat Settles With the FTC Over Broken Privacy Promises

Snapchat, an app that promised messaging privacy, broke those promises to users, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. → Read More