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Merger Critics Seek Telecom Regulation

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The proposed acquisitions of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. raise questions about how smaller players will be able to compete, critics told the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights.-The Washington Post



Security Concerns Boosted Dot-Net Bid

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

In its quest to maintain its hold on the dot-net registry, VeriSign played up already heightened concerns about the stability and security of the Internet. -washingtonpost.com



Pressure Is Building on NIH to Reconsider Conflict Rules

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Two members of Congress have asked National Institutes of Health Director Elias A. Zerhouni to delay for 90 days the implementation of controversial new rules that aim to minimize conflicts of interest among NIH scientists.



Congress Moving to Tackle Spyware Problem

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

An anti-spyware bill is gaining momentum in Congress, but disagreements among technology interest groups and lawmakers about what qualifies as "spyware" could delay final action.



Consumers Not Told of Security Breaches

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Executives of two major data brokers acknowledge to a Senate panel that their companies did not notify the public about security breaches that occurred before 2003. -The Washington Post



Silicone Implants Backed by FDA Panel

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended yesterday that silicone gel breast implants made by Mentor Corp. be allowed back on the market for wider use -- a surprise decision that came a day after the same panel rejected the application of a rival company.



FDA Panel Opposes Silicone Gel Implants

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

A panel voted against allowing silicone gel breast implants back on the market for general use, saying that there are no assurances that newer versions would be safe.



LexisNexis Data Breach Bigger Than Estimated

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Information broker LexisNexis Group said that the security breaches it announced last month could affect roughly 310,000 consumers -- about 10 times as many as first thought -- dealing a particularly harsh blow to the largely unregulated mega-broker.
-The Washington Post



RIAA Targets Piracy Over Internet2 Network

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The entertainment industry's effort to sue music pirates into submission is reaching into the next generation of the Internet with the filing of several hundred lawsuits tomorrow against college students using a faster version of the Web called Internet2.



The Battle Between Tinseltown and Techville

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Creativity and innovation aren't qualities you'd ordinarily expect to be at war with one another. Both involve a type of inventiveness, a vision of something new, a stepping outside of mental boundaries. Yet in America's courts, the companies that rely most on creativity and innovation are at each other's throats.



Va. Lawmakers Aim to Hook Cyberscammers

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The Virginia General Assembly this year passed a handful of new bills aimed at cracking down on computer and online crimes, including a statute that observers say is the nation's first law that criminalizes "phishing" schemes.



Ownership Cap Could Stop Adelphia Deal

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Joint bid by Time Warner Cable and Comcast to buy bankrupt Adelphia Communications's cable system could face hurdles if the government's top regulators take up a long-dormant cable ownership limit. -The Washington Post



FCC Head Downplays Regulation

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Cable companies worried about a regulatory clampdown on their industry got good news Wednesday when they met the new Federal Communications Commission chairman.



Microsoft Seeks to ID Phishing Scam Authors

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The world's largest software company filed 117 lawsuits in federal court today against "John Does" it alleges are responsible for targeting MSN and Hotmail users with various online scams.
-washingtonpost.com



Supreme Court Weighs File Sharing

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The entertainment industry Tuesday took its campaign to stop illegal music and video sharing to the U.S. Supreme Court, telling the justices that popular online services such as Grokster and Kazaa should be held responsible for the unlawful acts of their users.-The Washington Post



FCC Ruling Limits Competition, ISP Tells Justices

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

A Bush administration lawyer urged the Supreme Court to accept a 2002 Federal Communications Commission ruling that gave cable companies the right to bar rival Internet service providers from their lines, as the justices heard oral arguments yesterday in a case that could determine what choices are available to broadband subscribers.



DNA Key to Decoding Human Factor

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

Powerful encryption software makes evidence gathering a significant challenge for investigators. The Secret Service is combining detective work and distributed-computing to build cases against online criminals.



Spotting an Opportunity for Trouble

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

William Campanale wanted to help his 18-year-old daughter earn some extra money. When an e-mail popped up in his inbox offering an opportunity to make money stuffing envelopes at home, he thought he might not have much to lose by paying $65 for a start-up kit.



FCC Favors Bells in DSL Vote

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that states cannot require regional phone companies to sell high-speed Internet service as a stand-alone product.



Anti-Indecency Forces Face Opposition

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:24:27 GMT

The push to crack down harder on radio and television indecency, which rose to national attention with Janet Jackson's brief exposure during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, is beginning to stir pockets of opposition.