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Oct 11, 2011

Websites leak more info than consumers aware-study

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Consumers are less anonymous
than they think while surfing the Web, according to a study
released on Tuesday that triggered new calls for “do not track”
rules.

More than half of the 185 high-traffic websites looked at
in the study shared a consumer’s username or user ID with
another site, Stanford University’s Computer Security
Laboratory found.

Oct 6, 2011

U.S. FCC draws tough court for Web rule lawsuits

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Challenges to new U.S.
Internet traffic rules will be heard in the federal appeals
court in Washington D.C., a court that has previously been
skeptical of the Federal Communications Commission’s
authority.

A judicial panel that manages multidistrict litigation
said on Thursday it had randomly selected the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hear appeals of
the FCC’s “Open Internet” order.

Oct 6, 2011

US regulator unveils plan for universal broadband

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. communications
regulator unveiled on Thursday a proposal for achieving
universal broadband coverage by the end of the decade.

Some 18 million Americans do not have access to broadband
where they live and work despite some $4.5 billion in public
money spent each year to subsidize telephone service for rural
families.

Oct 5, 2011

US lawmakers, advocates split over teen Net privacy

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A proposed update of the U.S.
online privacy rule for children sparked debate at a
congressional hearing on Wednesday over whether such
protections should extend to teenagers.

The Federal Trade Commission plans to update its Children’s
Online Privacy Protection Rule that gives parents a say over
what information websites and other online providers can
collect about children under the age of 13.

Oct 4, 2011

US senator urges Twitter diplomacy in Latin America

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The United States should move
aggressively to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook
to promote its agenda in Latin America and help newly wired
citizens cement political gains, said a new U.S. report
obtained by Reuters.

Senator Richard Lugar said countries such as Cuba,
Venezuela and Nicaragua still sought to curb economic and
political freedoms, while other Latin American countries needed
help buttressing emerging civil society groups.

Sep 28, 2011

Consumer group challenges new U.S. Internet rules

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Public interest group Free
Press mounted the first challenge to new U.S. Internet traffic
rules since they were published last week, seeking to
strengthen protections for wireless users.

The petition filed in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in
Boston on Wednesday, challenges provisions in the Federal
Communications Commission’s Open Internet order that give
wireless broadband providers more discretion in managing their
networks.

Sep 24, 2011

Time ticking for Assad in Syria – Erdogan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be ousted “sooner or later” by his own people as the time of dictatorial rule fades around the world, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan, in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” to be aired on Sunday, maintained his stern tone towards Israel and warned relations may “never become normal again” but he had warm words for U.S. President Barack Obama as Turkey rises as a diplomatic power in the Middle East.

Sep 24, 2011

Time ticking for Assad in Syria – Turkey’s Erdogan

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad will be ousted “sooner or later” by his own people as
the time of dictatorial rule fades around the world, Turkish
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan, in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” to
be aired on Sunday, maintained his stern tone towards Israel
and warned relations may “never become normal again” but he had
warm words for U.S. President Barack Obama as Turkey rises as a
diplomatic power in the Middle East.

Sep 23, 2011

U.S. Internet rules to take effect Nov. 20

Sept 23 (Reuters) – Long-delayed U.S. Internet rules that
tackle the controversial issue of balancing consumer and
content provider interests against those who sell access to the
Web will take effect Nov. 20.

The Federal Communications Commission’s “open Internet”
order was published in the Federal Register on Friday, and
immediately drew threats of court and congressional
challenges.

Sep 23, 2011

U.S. “Net neutrality” rules to take effect in November

By Jasmin Melvin

(Reuters) – Long-awaited U.S. rules addressing the hot-button issue of balancing consumer and content providers’ interests against those of Internet service providers will take effect on November 20.

The regulations covering so-called Net neutrality, published in the Federal Register on Friday, are sure to trigger legal and congressional challenges. They were adopted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission late last year after a lengthy debate.

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      "After graduating from Howard University, Jasmin joined Reuters as an intern in the summer of 2008. She was hired after that summer as a news assistant in the Washington, DC bureau, covering energy, agriculture, commodities and economic indicators. She now reports on the FCC, telecom issues, the technology industry's influence in Washington and other policy stories. Follow her on Twitter @jasminmelvin"
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