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FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

The FCC and wireless carriers are working together on a new plan that would try and discourage the theft of cellphones by rendering them useless once reported stolen. They hope to create a national database of stolen cellphones in coordination with law enforcement bodies across the country, allowing carriers to disable voice and data services on stolen phones altogether.

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US stolen phone block system incoming

US stolen phone block system incoming

US carriers have joined the FCC and law enforcement in establishing a central database to track and block stolen phones, in addition to pushing for tougher legislation for those that modify handsets' unique identifiers. The system, due to be announced later today according to the NYTimes, has the backing ofAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA and others, with a target of cross-network identification and disabling in place within 18 months.

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Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola is preparing two cordless phones for your home that run on Android and potentially on the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version. The models HS1101 and MBP2000PU showed up at the FCC en route for launch that will bring some of the more advanced smartphone features to your good old landline phone.

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Password Privacy bill killed in House

Password Privacy bill killed in House

An attempt to make employers demanding access to Facebook passwords illegal has been killed off by the US House of Representatives, with arguments between political parties seeing the privacy amendment voted off the table. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter had suggested attaching an amendment [pdf link] to H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, which would have specifically added social networking access protection. However, the amendment was rejected by 236 to 184.

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Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast announced their Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 not long ago, allowing you to stream content from Comcast for free as part of your internet and TV package. The company also said that whatever you stream to your XBox 360 won’t count towards the 250GB data cap. Good news for customers planning to make use of the service, but what about the deeper implications to net neutrality?

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Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook photos and manual leaked by FCC

Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook photos and manual leaked by FCC

An unannounced Chromebook from Sony has surfaced on the FCC website this week. The Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook has been pictured in several photos along with a user manual, all of which were recently published after the FCC's confidentiality agreement with Sony had lifted. The original filing actually dates back to last September.

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Verizon spectrum deal could be bad for consumers

Verizon spectrum deal could be bad for consumers

Verizon's plan to buy a bunch of unused mobile spectrum from cable companies could be a huge boost for Verizon, but terrible news for pretty much everyone else in the mobile industry, including you. That was the resounding opinion of experts who spoke before US lawmakers today. The proposed purchase would need to pass regulatory approval, and Verizon's competitors are trying to prevent that from happening.

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Mass Effect 3 users considering class-action complaint against EA

Mass Effect 3 users considering class-action complaint against EA

It's not just the FCC that's being involved this week as users playing the latest installment in the Mass Effect series of games. Users from across the earth have come together to bring on a case against Electronic Arts saying that not only is the ending to the game a disappointment, it goes against several promises written out plainly by the developers well before the game was released. Could EA be on the receiving end of this stick of justice after all?

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LightSquared puts on brave face as carriers abandon ship

LightSquared puts on brave face as carriers abandon ship

LightSquared's yanked Sprint deal has been confirmed, with the carrier announcing that it would indeed be returning $65m in prepayments and tearing up the fifteen year spectrum hosting agreement after the FCC blocked LTE roll-out plans. Rumored earlier today, the break-up leaves LightSquared without a significant backer as it faces continued regulatory opposition over concerns that its 4G broadband plans could interfere with GPS service. However, LightSquared argues that the news actually works in its favor.

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LightSquared loses carrier backing as LTE FCC defense prepared

LightSquared loses carrier backing as LTE FCC defense prepared

Beleaguered would-be LTE provider LightSquared faces another imminent set-back, insiders claim, with another high-profile investor supposedly set to cancel a contract after the FCC roadblocked network rollout. LightSquared will get $65m back in prepayments, the WSJ's sources say, when Sprint announces it is tearing up its agreement, with the decision expected to be made public today.

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