WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The volume of data crossing
U.S. mobile networks will grow almost eight-fold by 2018, and
demand for Internet-connected devices will also skyrocket,
according to a report released on Wednesday that poses questions
about U.S. spectrum policy.
U.S. consumers will download and upload more data on their
smartphones in 2018 than they did on their laptops in 2013,
according to a forecast by Cisco Systems Inc. Americans
will continue to lead the world as earlier and faster converts
to new smart devices and networks, the Cisco report said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. retailers speaking to a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday bemoaned the sophistication of hackers and urged better collaboration with banks on anti-theft technology.
However, they revealed few new details of recent massive data breaches that compromised the personal information of millions of customers.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A recently revealed
cybersecurity breach at Neiman Marcus potentially exposed 1.1
million accounts to malware, but the upscale U.S. retailer
believes the actual number affected was less than that, its
chief information officer said on Tuesday.
U.S. retail executives including the chief financial officer
of Target Corp appeared before the Senate Judiciary
Committee to answer questions about data breaches that exposed
payment card and personal information of millions of customers
to hackers in the last several months.
(Reuters) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed his skepticism about a potential merger between Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in a meeting with Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son on Monday, according to an FCC official briefed on the matter.
Son, chief executive at Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which acquired Sprint last year, met with the top U.S. telecommunications regulator alongside Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. wireless industry lobby is proposing a pilot project to test how two television stations could share radio frequencies, hoping the practice catches on and broadcasters free up more of the valuable airwaves to be sold in an upcoming spectrum auction.
The wireless association, CTIA, said on Tuesday it has found two stations in Los Angeles – KJLA and KLCS – interested in testing how they could send their video through the same radio frequency channel.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator said on Tuesday he planned to set broad principles to guide how Internet service providers manage consumers’ access to the Web and would pursue abuse or anti-competitiveness on a case-by-case basis.
“The Internet is evolving so rapidly that we want to look at case sets as well as generic concept rules, so that what we don’t want to do is to say that somehow we’re smarter than the net, because I can stipulate to that, we aren’t,” said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications
regulator said on Tuesday he planned to set broad principles to
guide how Internet service providers manage consumers’ access to
the Web and would pursue abuse or anti-competitiveness on a
“The Internet is evolving so rapidly that we want to look at
case sets as well as generic concept rules, so that what we
don’t want to do is to say that somehow we’re smarter than the
net, because I can stipulate to that, we aren’t,” said Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Congress turned up the heat on Target Corp on Thursday, summoning the company’s chief financial officer to testify at a Senate hearing, while Democrats on a House committee asked the No. 3 retailer to turn over a slew of documents related to its massive data breach.
The vast scope of the hacking into the networks of Minneapolis-based Target during the holiday shopping season has raised the stakes for data security discussion in Congress, with numerous lawmakers now weighing in.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records provides only minimal benefits to countering terrorism, is illegal and should end, a federal privacy watchdog said in a report to be released on Thursday and reviewed by Reuters.
The watchdog agency’s report could further complicate efforts by both President Barack Obama and Congress to come up with possible reforms to NSA eavesdropping programs, which have been under harsh scrutiny in the wake of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children through mobile apps without their parents’ consent.
Under the terms of the settlement, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure it obtains consent from parents before charging for such in-app spending.