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LightSquared wins 2-year life bonus

LightSquared wins 2-year life bonus

It appears that LightSquared will have an extra 2-year window to earn regulatory approval for its LTE mobile network spectrum as Inmarsat cuts them a break in the face of almost certain doom. This company. LightSquared, has been seeking approval to use a combination of satellite and terrestrial signals for months now, being turned down by the FCC in the face of breaking down GPS signals. While the FCC's current position would otherwise mean LightSquared would not be able to survive the summer, the group from which they're renting spectrum now has granted them a reprieve until March 31st, 2014.

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Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

This week the folks responsible for Apple's building construction efforts have broken ground on a new location in Prineville, Oregon where they've promised a "100% Renewable Energy" data center. This data center would help contain such data as iCloud backups like its soon to be partner facility in Maiden, North Carolina. This center promises to be "even more" environmentally friendly than the center that already exists in Maiden, this new facility out-doing the Maiden's giant solar power array which accounts for 60 percent of the center's power requirements.

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Web inventor Berners-Lee shoots down CISPA

Web inventor Berners-Lee shoots down CISPA

This week the inventor of the internet Tim Berners-Lee spoke on several subjects involving data sharing on the web - perhaps most important of all on CISPA, a bill currently up for review in Washington. We've spoken about CISPA before - also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and have gotten some positive and very negative feedback on it from you, the readers, and groups like Facebook - who say it's great. Berners-Lee, generally considered an expert on how the web works since he invented it, after all, is worried about the bill's implications.

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Internet inventor demands his data back

Internet inventor demands his data back

The original and one true inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken this week quite specifically on how the web might advance - and how it's currently in a bit of a trap with sites like Google and Facebook. Speaking with The Guardian, Berners-Lee spoke of "internet silos" like Facebook and Google collecting data and not immediately allowing users to give it back - this unlike home-based applications which essentially all have such an ability in one form or another. The data held online today, he suggested, could already be ushering in a new era of personalized services for you, I, and everyone around us.

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AT&T ad-supported Wi-Fi tested in Dallas

AT&T ad-supported Wi-Fi tested in Dallas

Even with the domination of smartphones and mobile data, it's still nice to have Wi-Fi access in places. Maybe you don't have a smartphone. Maybe you need to get some work done and that 4-inch screen just won't do it for you. Maybe you're at the airport and you need to conserve your phone's battery. All of the above, apparently, are good enough reasons for AT&T to test a new pilot project that offers free Wi-Fi to users if they're willing to sit through some good old-fashioned advertising.

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New EU plan to bring lower data roaming costs

New EU plan to bring lower data roaming costs

Staying connected when you’re travelling internationally can be a pain. WiFi isn’t always available, and the only thing stopping you from relying on your ever trusty smartphone is extremely high roaming data charges. Members of the European Parliament and the Danish Presidency of the Council of Ministers have come to an agreement over data price caps that will come into effect from July 1st this year.

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HTCSense.com closes shop

HTCSense.com closes shop

This week the folks at HTC are letting their customers know that their own information retention service for mobile data, HTCSense.com, will be shutting down on the 30th of April. This service has been active with and for HTC customers for some time now and the actions which HTC customers must take to save their data are included below. HTC has given customers a bit over a month to download the data they've had on file with HTC at HTCSense.com, at which point the information will be deleted entirely.

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FTC “Do Not Track” paper parses Mobile Data as well

FTC “Do Not Track” paper parses Mobile Data as well

Today's announcement by the FTC that they're hoping for an expansion on the talks they've already had on a fully functional "Do Not Track" function for web-based data has had coverage focused on the desktop aspects on the whole thus far - but a mobile element looms. What will the FTC do about the undeniable masses of users out there today using the web with their smartphones, tablets, and in-betweens? As it turns out, they've addressed mobile in the same paper, though certainly in brief.

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MPAA may use retained Megaupload data for more suits

MPAA may use retained Megaupload data for more suits

The Motion Picture Association of America wants Megaupload's hosting service to retain a whopping 25 PB of customer data that is stored on its servers. It's allegedly costing the host, Carpathia based in Virginia, about $9000 each day to store the massive amount of user data. The MPAA's court filing shows that Hollywood may use that store data in suits of other organizations associated with Megaupload.

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NSA director denies Wired story before Congress

NSA director denies Wired story before Congress

Earlier this week, a story was published in Wired Magazine talking about a new data center the NSA was building in Utah. The $2 billion project is constructing a heavily fortified data center for the National Security Agency and it is being constructed by contractors with top-secret clearances. According to the article, the center will be used for surveillance work and will be able to intercept the phone calls, e-mails, and even the Google search history of people all around the country and the globe in the search for terrorists.

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