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- Headlines | Will online privacy problems be solved by 2025?. As the boundaries between privacy and public information blur, policymakers and technology innovators will struggle to respond, according to a Pew Research Center study on the future of privacy released Thursday.
- Headlines | Why Edward Snowden thinks Amazon is “morally irresponsible.“. Lack of encryption on the retailer’s site allows governments to snoop on the reading habits of their citizens.
- Headlines | Get the best cell phone plan for your family. We compare cell phone plans from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
- Headlines | FCC increases funding to boost Internet speeds at schools, libraries. In a partisan vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved a major increase in funding — $1.5 billion — to help give schools and libraries high-speed Internet access.
- Headlines | Sprint launches deal to cut Verizon, AT&T bills in half. The nation's No. 3 wireless carrier, which has rapidly been losing market share, announced Tuesday that it will cut in half the monthly rate plan for Verizon and AT&T customers who switch to the network. …
- Headlines | Arbitration - what you don’t know about fine print can hurt you. We're likely to find mandatory arbitration clauses tucked into contracts for data plans, cable and satellite TV service, investment broker agreements, credit cards, home repairs, bank accounts, payday loans, nursing homes – the list goes…
- Headlines | Is Uber’s rider database a sitting duck for hackers?. Before Ubergate recedes entirely from the news, let’s pause on one aspect of the story that hasn’t gotten much attention so far: the cybersecurity risk of collecting massive troves of privgate travel information in online databases.…
- Headlines | Google Fiber has started taking sign-ups in Austin. Residents of select Austin neighborhoods can now sign up for Google Fiber, the company has announced. The rollout began with parts of south and southeast Austin, and for $70 a month, customers can expect Internet speeds…
- Headlines | Apps, sites aim to transform apartment rental listings. Rental listing apps and sites are poised to create a less splintered marketplace.
- Headlines | No guilt trips over holiday gift cards. My husband and I were talking with our children about what they wanted for Christmas. This year, as the kids were rattling off what they wanted, I whispered to my husband, “Gift cards.” He and…
- Headlines | 5 ways retailers are tracking you. Video that tracks your every move Cameras aren't just for deterring shoplifting. Video analytics can tell a retailer the age and gender of shoppers, what they touch and where they go in a store.
- Headlines | Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even…
- Headlines | Consumer Reports reveals its 2014 Naughty & Nice List. Some of these company policies earn a Ho! Ho! Ho!, while others are more No! No! No!
- Headlines | Cellphone tracking’s newest frontier. Devices will soon be possible to determine not only what building you and your phone are in but also whether you are on the first or 15th floor.
- Headlines | New York City unveils pay phone of the future. The city announced Monday that it had selected a consortium of advertising, technology and telecom companies to deploy throughout the city thousands of modern-day pay phones that will offer 24-hour, free gigabit WiFi connections, free…
- Headlines | Behind closed doors, Ford, UPS, and Visa push for net neutrality. The corporate battle lines over the new federal rules for the Internet have been well established. Vocal technology startups have been leading the charge for muscular regulations for broadband access, and Internet service providers including…
- Headlines | Why the South lags behind in home broadband use. The Obama administration has made a major push to expand broadband access to the poorest and most rural parts of the country, and they have largely succeeded. A recent Federal Communications Commission report noted that nearly all U.S.…
- Headlines | FTC in talks with Apple about health data protection. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is in talks with Apple to ensure that sensitive health data collected by its mobile and wearable devices will not be used without owners’ consent.
- Headlines | FCC chair, Obama not in sync on net rules. Hours after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to pass tougher regulations on high-speed Internet providers, the agency’s Democratic chairman told a group of business executives that he was moving in a different…
- Headlines | Hackers get personal with ‘manual hijacking. A sample phishing page used to steal account information is made to look like the real thing. A new study says groups of professionals hackers sort through individual accounts to determine their worth and exploit…
- News Video | The ConsumerMan: How to Complain. Every month, NBC Consumerman Herb Weisbaum sits down with consumer experts to discuss issues important to teenagers. This month he talks to Consumer Action's Ruth Susswein about How to Complain effectively.
- Headlines | Microsoft making Office suite free on mobile. In a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software…
- Headlines | Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards. The early fans of electronic gift cards? Millennials. In a new survey from Bankrate.com, 14 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say they’ve given or received a mobile gift card, double the share of 30- to 49-year-olds and more…
- Headlines | Verizon, AT&T track their users with ‘supercookies’. Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies” — markers so powerful that it’s difficult for even savvy users to escape…
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