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FCC may forgo ‘Net Neutrality’ for wireless networks

After the mid-term Republican landslide in the US House, many political observers proclaimed that hopes for true “Net Neutrality” policies passing Congress had gone up in flames along with the Democratic majority. Now the last chance for those rules, known to supporters as the First Amendment of the Internet, may…

Will Internet censorship bill be pushed through lame-duck Congress?

A bill giving the government the power to shut down Web sites that host materials that infringe copyright is making its way quietly through the lame-duck session of Congress, raising the ire of free-speech groups and prompting a group of academics to lobby against the effort. The Combating Online Infringement…

Online TV spats mean fewer free shows on Web

Battles over fees for broadcasters could mean fewer free TV shows online, episode delays Broadcasters took a big step toward eliminating free TV shows on the Web after they blocked access to their programming online this month to enforce their demands to be paid. Recent actions by Fox, ABC, NBC…

Christine O’Donnell’s name spelled wrong on fundraising website

There are some things you expect supporters of a candidate for high office to do without messing it up — for instance, spell the candidate’s name correctly on a public Web page. Christine O’Donnell, the GOP’s US Senate nominee from Delaware, on Tuesday was found to have her name misspelled…

British Library posts Greek manuscripts to Web

From Odyssey to Ottomans: British Library posts hundreds of early Greek manuscripts online One of the world’s most important caches of Greek manuscripts is going online, part of a growing number of ancient documents to hit the Web in recent years. The British Library said Monday that it was making…

China gives citizens a chance to dissent via official Web site

In a rare example of openness, China has set up a website for citizens to express their views to top leaders — and users have wasted little time in firing unusually blunt criticisms at the government. Web-surfers have left tens of thousands of messages since the site launch last week,…

Facebook inches past Google for Web users’ minutes

Socialize, then search: Facebook edges past Google in contest for Web surfers’ precious time U.S. Web surfers are spending more time socializing on Facebook than searching with Google, according to new data from researchers at comScore Inc. In August, people spent a total of 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, comScore…

Franken tells FCC: Without ‘Net Neutrality’, a ‘handful’ of corporations will control the Web

Since his election in the nail-bitingly close campaign against former Republican Senator Norm Coleman, former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken has emerged as one of the strongest voices in favor of so-called “Net Neutrality” policies being considered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Franken has called “Net Neutrality” the…

Lawsuit: Disney, others spied on children’s Web surfing habits

Profiles of computer users ‘bought and sold on stock-market-like exchanges’ A class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court last week alleges that Disney and other large corporations spied on visitors to their Web sites using “Flash cookies” installed on users’ browsers. The lawsuit, filed in a US District Court in…

Lieberman tells Web users to ‘relax’ about ‘kill switch’

China has the power to shut down its Internet, so why can’t we? That’s one of the arguments Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is making about the bill he’s co-authored that would give the president the power to disable parts of the Internet as he deems necessary. “Right now China, the…

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