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Verizon pioneering 911 texting service

Verizon pioneering 911 texting service

Although it is sure to pose a lot of problems, the idea of being able to send a text message to emergency services is something that is long overdue. Texting is becoming the primary means of communication for Americans throughout the country. You can think of many reasons where it might be more useful to text - when you're in a noisy situation and can't speak clearly, or when you're in a life-or-death spot and can't talk. Or, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Google Street View cases may be reopened in Europe

Google Street View cases may be reopened in Europe

Google may have avoided any messy legal trouble with the FCC in the United States over the Street View case, but Europe isn’t quite done with the search company just yet. The New York Times reports that privacy groups in the UK, France, and Germany may reopen their investigations into the Street View case after it was revealed that the engineer behind the project knew exactly what the capabilities were.

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LightSquared sacrifices director to save LTE scheme

LightSquared sacrifices director to save LTE scheme

Beleaguered would-be 4G carrier LightSquared could eke out an extension on its financing, if outspoken director Philip Falcone agrees to step down and concede to anti-bankruptcy provisions. LightSquared faces the expiration of a debt-terms violations waiver later today, but according to insiders whispering to the WSJ could extend that for a week if Falcone drops out of public sight. However, Falcone's presence isn't the only aspect worrying investors: there are also concerns that he could push for bankruptcy and leave lenders with nothing.

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Google’s “rogue engineer” Street View excuse blown apart

Google’s “rogue engineer” Street View excuse blown apart

Suspicions around Google's handling of data privacy in Street View data collection have been reawakened, with allegations that the incident was not solely the work of one "rogue engineer." Google released a lightly-redacted version of the full report this weekend, leaving more details visible than the FCC's heavily censored version; in it, it's confirmed that the engineer who began the Street View project as his "20%" spare time project at Google "specifically told two engineers working on the project, including a senior manager, about collecting payload data."

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Google releases full FCC Street View report

Google releases full FCC Street View report

Google has decided to voluntarily release the results of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) probe into its Street View privacy probe. The governmental organization looked into allegations that the search giant was collecting data from millions of households throughout the country, specifically information about wireless networks. The FCC concluded that what Google did was wrong but not illegal.

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Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google received a slap on the wrist for the Street View fiasco where sensitive information was gleaned from open access WiFi points. Two weeks ago, Google was fined a mere $25,000 over the issue, saying that it acted in good faith and was more than happy to pay the penalty. The FCC appears to be fully satisfied, and has today declared the case against Google officially closed.

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FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

If you venture outside of large cities in many areas of the country, you quickly realize there is no broadband capability in many instances. Rural broadband initiatives are one of the things that Obama and the White House have been pushing. The FCC has announced this week that $300 million has been set aside to extend the high-speed Internet access to 400,000 homes.

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FCC approves AT&T spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

FCC approves AT&T spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

The FCC has approved the transfer of AWS spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile, who celebrated the news this morning with the announcement. The spectrum to be transferred is part of the breakup agreement between the two carriers for their ill-fated merger attempt. T-Mobile plans to use the new AWS spectrum for building out its own LTE network in 2013.

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Verizon’s 700MHz sale trashed by T-Mobile

Verizon’s 700MHz sale trashed by T-Mobile

T-Mobile is committed to blocking Verizon's proposed purchase of AWS spectrum from various cable companies. Verizon recently offered to sell all of its block A and B 700MHz spectrum in exchange for FCC approval of its AWS deal. However, T-Mobile USA CEO Philip Humm personally met with senior FCC officials last week to insist that the sale would not be enough to mitigate any negative effects that the AWS deal would create.

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