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Coursera partners with Amara for crowdsourced captioning

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Crowdsourced captioning provider Amara announced a partnership with Coursera Monday morning that will result in volunteers transcribing and translating more than 1,200 lectures from Coursera’s partner universities. Lectures are being translated into dozens of languages, and Coursera’s co-founder Andrew Ng said in a release sent out Monday that this approach...
Coursera partners with Amara for crowdsourced captioning

'One in six parents can't work kids' gadgets'

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Survey of how parents control children's access to adult media also finds 40% of kids allowed to watch films above age limitOnce parents relied on their children to help them set the video recorder. But in the age of apps, iPods and 3D portable games consoles, the digital divide may...
'One in six parents can't work kids' gadgets'

ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile

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What does it mean when Facebook says it has 901 million monthly active users on its network? According to figures out from the International Telecommunication Union, it effectively signifies that Facebook is the world’s largest social network by a very long shot. The ITU says in a new report that...
ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile

From Google to Facebook, online privacy concerns aren’t going away (infographic)

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Ever since Google announced a new, controversial privacy policy two weeks ago, interest in online privacy has spiked as more people question how Google and other companies are managing your data. Google announced last week that it would change its privacy policy by combining 60 policies into one, with the...
From Google to Facebook, online privacy concerns aren’t going away (infographic)

Not So Fast, Google: China Wants A Look At Your Motorola Deal First

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Google has overcome two big regulatory hurdles in getting its $12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility approved by both U.S. and European regulators. China has until March 20 to decide whether or not it will wave through the deal, too. The country’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau is now reviewing the deal — a...
Not So Fast, Google: China Wants A Look At Your Motorola Deal First

Deutsche Telekom Q1: 510,000 Contract Customers Left T-Mobile USA; DT Sales Down 1.1% To $18.6B

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T-Mobile USA’s parent Deutsche Telekom today reported earnings for the quarter that ended March 31, with revenues and earnings in slight decline compared to a year ago: sales for the carrier came in at €14.4 billion, a decline of 1.1 percent; and earnings of €4.48 billion ($5.8 billion) were down...
Deutsche Telekom Q1: 510,000 Contract Customers Left T-Mobile USA; DT Sales Down 1.1% To $18.6B

FCC to Reject LightSquared's Request to Turn on Network

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Federal regulators said they plan to pull the plug on wireless start-up LightSquared's proposal to build a new national network after officials said there was no way to prevent the service from interfering with Global Positioning System devices...
FCC to Reject LightSquared's Request to Turn on Network

China Clears Apple 3G Device

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Chinese regulators have approved an Apple device with high-speed wireless-data capabilities, suggesting the U.S. computer maker is a step closer to selling the latest version of its iPad in China....
China Clears Apple 3G Device

Verizon: give us more spectrum, we're gasping over here

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VZW has stacks of money and plenty of ambition, but apparently it's already running out of mobile spectrum. The operator is trying to buy an extra block of airwaves from some cable companies in a $3.9 billion deal, but it has faced bitter resistance from rival networks who claim...
Verizon: give us more spectrum, we're gasping over here

Well, It Turns Out That Whole "iPad Gets Too Hot" Thing Was A Bunch Of Crap

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No sooner had the latest iPad come out than people began complaining that it got too hot. Customers bitched. Consumer Reports frantically conducted tests. And pundits began worrying about another antenna-gate disaster. From all the huffing and moaning, you would have thought you could fry eggs on the thing....
Well, It Turns Out That Whole "iPad Gets Too Hot" Thing Was A Bunch Of Crap

EU to probe the internet's spread

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EU regulators launch a consultation into what laws are needed as more devices are connected to the net....
EU to probe the internet's spread

Japan warns Google that its new privacy policy may violate data protection laws

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The Japanese government has warned Google to tread carefully with its new privacy policy, as the controversial new regulations were rolled out today. Authorities in the country wrote to Google to express concern that its new approach to storing and using Internet user’s data could violate Japan’s data protection laws....
Japan warns Google that its new privacy policy may violate data protection laws

The coming wireless spectrum apocalypse and how it hits you

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Small carriers are worried about getting snuffed by the deep pockets of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and they want help. What judges and regulators decide to do could impact your wallet for years to come. [Read more]...
The coming wireless spectrum apocalypse and how it hits you
Google’s Motorola buy set to gain approval next week

Google reports 'alarming' rise in censorship by governments

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Search engine company has said there has been a troubling increase in requests to remove political content from the internetThere has been an alarming rise in the number of times governments attempted to censor the internet in last six months, according to a report from Google.Since the search engine last...
Google reports 'alarming' rise in censorship by governments

Google-Motorola Deal About To Get The OK (GOOG)

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Google's $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola will be cleared as early as next week. The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to approve the deal next week. European regulators have also set a deadline of next Monday to decide whether or not to...
Google-Motorola Deal About To Get The OK (GOOG)
Facebook gunning for May 17 IPO with $104B valuation, reports say

Google Faces New Privacy Probes

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Regulators in the U.S. and EU are investigating Google for bypassing the privacy settings of millions of users of Apple's Safari Web browser. Google stopped the practice last month after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal....
Google Faces New Privacy Probes

Shareholders sue Facebook, banks over botched IPO

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The hype surrounding Facebook has rapidly turned sour since the company went public in a media frenzy last Friday. Its share price is collapsing and regulators are investigating allegations that Facebook’s big bank partners withheld key insider information. Now, Reuters reports that shareholders have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal...
Shareholders sue Facebook, banks over botched IPO

EU Gives 'Unconditional' Clearance For UK Mobile Payment JV From Vodafone, O2 And Everything Everywhere

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A mobile payment joint venture from the UK’s biggest carriers, first announced over a year ago, today finally received “unconditional” clearance from European regulators. The move means that now Vodafone, Telefonica’s O2 and Everything Everywhere (the JV from T-Mobile and Orange) can proceed developing a cross-carrier mobile payments platform — not unlike...
EU Gives 'Unconditional' Clearance For UK Mobile Payment JV From Vodafone, O2 And Everything Everywhere

After Expedia, TripAdvisor files EU antitrust complaint against Google

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Late last week, online travel agency Expedia filed an antitrust complaint against Google, accusing the Internet search and advertising giant of breaching European Union regulations. It thus joined about a dozen other (mostly smaller) firms that have taken their case to the European Commission in the past two years. And...
After Expedia, TripAdvisor files EU antitrust complaint against Google

Justice Department set to OK Google-Motorola deal, WSJ says

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An approval could happen as early as next week, although U.S. and European regulators remain concerned about Google's commitment to licensing Motorola's patents fairly....
Justice Department set to OK Google-Motorola deal, WSJ says

AT&T: We did fine at the Super Bowl, but give us more spectrum

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AT&T had quite the Super Bowl. At the game AT&T’s networks carried 215 GB of traffic, placed 74,204 phone calls and transmitted 722,296 SMS messages, according to its public policy blog. AT&T reported no problems in handling the traffic and had, in fact, been prepping for game day by...
AT&T: We did fine at the Super Bowl, but give us more spectrum

Dwolla raises $5M to continue its work on “really freaky stuff”

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Payments startup Dwolla has just announced a $5 million round of funding. The round was led by Fred Wilson’s Union Square Ventures and saw participation from Village Ventures, Thrive Capital, and LA-area angel Paige Craig, among others. Dwolla’s services lets you send and receive money to and from other...
Dwolla raises $5M to continue its work on “really freaky stuff”

EU regulators urge Google to modify privacy policy, offers 12 recommendations

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It wasn't all that long after Google consolidated most of its privacy policies before people wanted clarification on what this meant to users. Even then, EU regulators weren't satisified, asking the search giant to hold up a little while it took a proper look at the implications for European...
EU regulators urge Google to modify privacy policy, offers 12 recommendations

More transparency into government requests

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About two years ago, we launched our interactive Transparency Report. We started by disclosing data about government requests. Since then, we’ve been steadily adding new features, like graphs showing traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries. And just a couple weeks ago, we launched a new section...
More transparency into government requests

EU Data Regulators Slam Google Over Privacy Policy: It's "Too Large" And Users Need More Control

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Authorities in Europe today kicked off a fresh wave of scrutiny over Google’s privacy policy and called for changes to be made in how Google manages user data, calling Google’s scope “too large”, but they also stopped short of saying Google is acting illegally in how it manages privacy. France’s...
EU Data Regulators Slam Google Over Privacy Policy: It's "Too Large" And Users Need More Control

Google agrees deal with Korean watchdog to help users better understand its new privacy policy

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After weeks of negotiations over its new privacy policy, Google has agreed a plan with the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) to better inform domestic Internet users on how it will use their data and provide links to its existing services to allow them to control the information they share. The...
Google agrees deal with Korean watchdog to help users better understand its new privacy policy

And Now More Details About How Big Facebook Investors Got Inside Info--And Little Guys Got Hosed...

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Earlier this week, we described how big potential investors in the Facebook IPO got important negative information that small investors didn't get: Namely, they got a heads-up that Facebook's business had suddenly deteriorated. This "tip" came in the form of sudden estimate cuts by the research analysts at Facebook's IPO...
And Now More Details About How Big Facebook Investors Got Inside Info--And Little Guys Got Hosed...

Microsoft under investigation for not fulfilling browser choice pledge

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You'd be forgiven for thinking this whole browser choice issue was resolved back in 2009, but no. European regulators are back on Redmond's back, following suspicions that the megacorp may not be complying with the deal it struck all that time ago. Those concerns have already been bluntly expressed...
Microsoft under investigation for not fulfilling browser choice pledge
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