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May 13, 2013

REUTERS SUMMIT: Power group more worried about physical than cyber threats

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – Downplaying warnings about
the potential for hackers to sabotage U.S. power plants at the
click of a mouse, the head of the North American electricity
standards group said on Monday he is more concerned about
physical rather than cyber threats.

“It takes a small number of crews with explosives and you’ve
created not only an outage over an area or a city, but smoke and
fire and flash-type stuff,” Gerry Cauley, chief executive of the
North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC), told the
Reuters Cybersecurity Summit.

May 10, 2013

Exclusive: Elon Musk quits Zuckerberg’s immigration advocacy group

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billionaire environmentalist Elon Musk has quit a Silicon Valley advocacy group formed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after the group funded ads for senators touting their support for an oil pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska.

Musk leads one of the world’s best known “green” companies, electric carmaker Tesla. A Tesla spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday that the South African-born entrepreneur preferred not to elaborate on his reasons for leaving FWD.us.

May 10, 2013

Elon Musk quits Zuckerberg’s immigration advocacy group

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – Billionaire
environmentalist Elon Musk has quit a Silicon Valley advocacy
group formed by Facebook (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) founder Mark Zuckerberg after
the group funded ads for senators touting their support for an
oil pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska.

Musk leads one of the world’s best known “green” companies,
electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research). A Tesla spokeswoman told
Reuters on Friday that the South African-born entrepreneur
preferred not to elaborate on his reasons for leaving FWD.us.

May 9, 2013

McCain bill seeks ‘a la carte’ U.S. cable channel subscriptions

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – Senator John McCain introduced
a bill on Thursday that would uproot the current system of
bundling cable channels and let U.S. customers pay for select
channels on an “a la carte” basis, a move likely to face stiff
industry opposition.

The influential Republican’s bill, dubbed the Television
Consumer Freedom Act, comes at a time when cable prices are
rising and pressure is mounting for programmers to stop forcing
consumers to pay for subscriptions to lower-rated cable networks
in order to watch more popular channels.

May 9, 2013

FCC moving forward on speedier in-flight Internet service

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – U.S. federal
telecommunications regulators are pushing ahead with efforts to
bring faster Internet service to commercial and private airline
flights.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday started
deliberations on a proposal that would offer a new type of
in-flight broadband service promising U.S. fliers higher Wi-Fi
speeds and better connections.

May 8, 2013

Syria cut off from global Internet as civil war rages

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet connections between Syria and the outside world were cut off on Tuesday, according to data from Google Inc and other global Internet companies.

Google’s Transparency Report pages showed traffic to Google services pages from the country, embroiled in a civil war that has lasted more than two years, suddenly stopping shortly before 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT). Google traffic reports continued to show no activity there about four hours after the drop-off.

May 1, 2013

Obama taps ally, former lobbyist Wheeler, as telecoms regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated venture capitalist and former wireless and cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler to be the top U.S. media and telecommunications regulator.

If approved by the Senate, Wheeler would become chairman of the Federal Communications Commission at a time when the agency is preparing for a major reshuffling of ownership of radio airwaves and trying to catch up to rapidly changing technology.

Apr 30, 2013

Obama to nominate Tom Wheeler as FCC chairman: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate venture capitalist and former wireless and cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler on Wednesday to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to a White House official.

After decades in and around Washington telecom circles, Wheeler would take the reins of the FCC as the industry prepares for a major reshuffling of ownership of radio airwaves and as the agency tries to catch up to rapidly changing technology.

Apr 25, 2013

AT&T fires back at Justice Dept over U.S. airwaves auction rules

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc on Thursday
slammed the U.S. Justice Department for what it called “blatant
favoritism” toward smaller wireless rivals in recommending that
regulators help them compete in the forthcoming spectrum
auction.

Eager to control more airwaves and satisfy a booming demand
for wireless services, mobile companies are hoping to influence
the Federal Communications Commission as it drafts rules for an
auction that will profoundly shake up ownership of highly
valuable low-frequency spectrum.

Apr 23, 2013

Hackers seize AP Twitter feed, send market-moving bogus message

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers took control of the Associated Press Twitter account on Tuesday and sent a false tweet of two explosions in the White House that briefly sent U.S. financial markets reeling.

In the latest high-profile hacking incident involving social media service Twitter, an official @AP account reported that two explosions at the White House injured President Barack Obama.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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