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White House: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

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The White House on Monday came out in support of a consumer’s right to unlock their cell phone once they have fulfilled the terms of the contract. Responding to a petition on whitehouse.gov, the executive branch stated “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers...
White House: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

Help Explain Why Phone Unlocking Is Important To You And Why It Should Be Legal

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First I would like to thank readers of this site and others in the tech community for their support of our phone unlocking campaign. As you may know, that campaign culminated with 114,000 signatures on the White House petition website, an FCC and White House endorsement of unlocking and several...
Help Explain Why Phone Unlocking Is Important To You And Why It Should Be Legal

Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate

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We should have known that it wouldn't take long for someone in congress to take up the fight to re-legalize cellphone unlocking. Those championing the effort on the floor of the Senate are Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) , Richard Blumenthal (D-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) who introduced the Wireless Consumer...
Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate

Verizon Teams With Redbox For a Netflix-Style Video Service

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Here’s the Netflix-style video service that Verizon wouldn’t talk about a couple months ago: A joint venture with Redbox that promises “instantly available online and mobile content with immediate access to physical media through rental kiosks.” The two companies put out a press release without a whole lot of detail...
Verizon Teams With Redbox For a Netflix-Style Video Service

Apple Scores Dutch Ban on Older Samsung Galaxy Products

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Apple’s won another round in its interminable legal melee with Samsung. A Dutch court on Wednesday found that some Samsung Galaxy devices that run Android 2.2.1 and higher infringe an Apple patent describing means of navigating images in a photo gallery. And when Samsung refused to sign a declaration of...
Apple Scores Dutch Ban on Older Samsung Galaxy Products

Samsung's tablet 'not as cool as iPad'

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Samsung wins in UK and US as it overturns attempts by Apple to ban sales of tablet and Nexus smartphoneSamsung won a victory over Apple in the UK high court as part of its world-spanning battle over intellectual property and design after a judge ruled the design of its Galaxy...
Samsung's tablet 'not as cool as iPad'
FCC chairman supports 'experimentation' with tiered broadband plans

FCC chairman endorses capped broadband, tiered pricing

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, speaking during Boston's The Cable Show, has voiced support for data caps on Internet plans. The chief feels that tiered pricing will "increase consumer choice and competition" and result in "lower prices for people who consume less broadband," though he did not clarify what...
FCC chairman endorses capped broadband, tiered pricing

The Circuit: Emergence of online video, CISPA, T-Mobile opposes Verizon’s cable deal

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Future of television: The Senate Commerce Committee met Tuesday to discuss the future of television and the emergence of online video. In an opening statement, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) said that he wanted to examine how the emergence of online video could be best used to improve the quality...
The Circuit: Emergence of online video, CISPA, T-Mobile opposes Verizon’s cable deal
The Google bashing continues: Microsoft says 'Scroogled' campaign will go on

Congress Might Pass A Wacky New Law That Keeps You From REALLY Owning Your Phone

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A petition on the White House's We The People website recently asked the government to change a new rule that makes it illegal to unlock a cell phone, even after a contract with the carrier is expired. An unlocked cell phone is one that you fully own and can be used...
Congress Might Pass A Wacky New Law That Keeps You From REALLY Owning Your Phone
EU Antitrust Ruling Says Google Abusing Patent Position in German Lawsuit Against Apple

White House responds to cell phone unlocking petition

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The White House has issued a response to the successful We The People petition. A statement issued earlier today confirmed that the petition response brought together experts from the entire governmental spectrum who "work on telecommunications, technology, and copyright policy," and the White house agrees that consumers should be able...
White House responds to cell phone unlocking petition

Samsung drops bid to keep Apple devices out of European countries

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On Tuesday, Samsung announced it would withdraw all of its requests for injunctions against Apple products currently pending in European courts, Bloomberg reports. That includes ongoing suits in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. While it is dropping its bid to keep Apple products out of stores in...
Samsung drops bid to keep Apple devices out of European countries

Samsung drops European patent lawsuits against Apple

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Samsung has stated that it will withdraw from its European patent battles with Apple, covering infringement issues in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Halting its injunction requests was apparently "in the interest of protecting consumer choice " and comes soon after a recent update to the...
Samsung drops European patent lawsuits against Apple

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: the definitive Ultrabook for pros

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More Info Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review Lenovo announces the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a 14-inch Ultrabook with Ivy Bridge, optional 3G and a 1600 x 900 display Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook gets official: on sale August 21st for $1,399 and up The storied ThinkPad line has just turned 20...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: the definitive Ultrabook for pros

The European Commission: Motorola/Google Misusing Patents against Apple to the Detriment of Innovation

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For all the talk over the last few years that Apple was being abusive with its patents and stopping innovation, The European Commission has found that Motorola/Google has in fact been the offender of such behavior. Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy Joaquín Almunia stated in an official...
The European Commission: Motorola/Google Misusing Patents against Apple to the Detriment of Innovation

Verizon to stop blocking tethering apps, pay $1.25 million fine to FCC

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The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday announced that Verizon Wireless (VZ) will no longer be blocking tethering apps from mobile app stores. The nation’s largest carrier was being investigated for violating the FCC’s “C Block rules,” which allow customers to freely use the devices and applications of their choosing....
Verizon to stop blocking tethering apps, pay $1.25 million fine to FCC

White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking, Big Victory For Tech Activism

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Today was a big day for grassroots consumer activism: the White House officially came out in support of cell phone unlocking. After over 100,000 netizens demanded a response from the Obama Administration related to a new law banning consumers from “unlocking” their cell phones to move between carriers, the White...
White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking, Big Victory For Tech Activism
Chrysler fuels competition and consumer choice with the addition of Pandora, Slacker Radio, and iHeartRadio

London Judge Rules Samsung Did Not Copy iPad Design

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Samsung is off the hook again with Apple in the latest instalment of the (seemingly interminable) patent-slash-design slapfest. A judge in London's High Court has ruled that, no, the Galaxy Tab does not rip off the iPad, after the American firm appealed against an earlier ruling in favour of the...
London Judge Rules Samsung Did Not Copy iPad Design

Ad industry body says IE10′s Do Not Track setting is not appropriate for consumer choice

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The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) has issued a statement about the “Do Not Track” settings which will be used in version 10 of the Microsoft-owned Internet Explorer browser. The consortium says that the program’s settings, which turn on “Do Not Track” by default, are not an “appropriate standard” for providing...
Ad industry body says IE10′s Do Not Track setting is not appropriate for consumer choice
Google yanks AdBlock Plus from Google Play, surprising nobody

DC Council Clears Path for Uber's Future

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Uber Faithful – Today is a *really* big day for Uber. REALLY BIG.  One which will keep Uber rolling in the nation’s capital for years to come, with the full support of city officials. Today the DC Council unanimously passed a legislative framework for “digital dispatch” that is pro-innovation, pro-consumer,...
DC Council Clears Path for Uber's Future
The Power of Torso TV (Why Media is Racing to the Middle)
Samsung waves the white flag in European Apple patent suits

This Week in Video for ATD: Facebook Redesigns News Feed, Roku Gets a New Box and The White House Favors Phone Unlocking

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There was a lot of talk this week about Facebook’s redesign of its news feed, which was announced Wednesday, and new developments in the rights of consumers to unlock their cell phones. Also, Roku came out with a new box for streaming television content. Here’s a quick list of the...
This Week in Video for ATD: Facebook Redesigns News Feed, Roku Gets a New Box and The White House Favors Phone Unlocking

Verizon, cable company deal approved by Justice Department

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A controversial deal between Verizon and four cable companies won federal approval Thursday despite warnings that the collaboration would undermine consumer choice and drive up prices for Internet, phone and television services. Read full article >>...
Verizon, cable company deal approved by Justice Department

HGST launches the $99 Travelstar 1TB 2.5-inch HDD, crams it inside its Touro, G-Drive and G-Raid units

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Henry Ford may have felt that your Model T could come in any color "as long as it is black," but HGST feels differently about consumer choice. It's announcing its latest hard drive, the 1TB, 2.5-inch Travelstar HDD, which goes toe-to-toe with other 7,200 RPM drives like the Constellation.2...
HGST launches the $99 Travelstar 1TB 2.5-inch HDD, crams it inside its Touro, G-Drive and G-Raid units

Apple leverages Samsung's EU antitrust problems and recent statement in USITC proceeding

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Today a "notice of new facts" that Apple's counsel filed on Friday in connection with the ITC investigation of Samsung's complaint entered the public record. On November 20 I already reported that FRAND issues are key to the ongoing review of an initial determination that didn't hold Apple to infringe any...
Apple leverages Samsung's EU antitrust problems and recent statement in USITC proceeding
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