India Rejects Apple's iPhone Retread Plan


India’s telecommunications ministry has rejected Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in the country. Officials apparently based their rejection of the proposal on rules that prohibit importing used electronics. The country’s environmental ministry nixed a similar request last year. With smartphone sales starting to stall, India could become an important market for Apple, although it now has only a 2 percent market share there. “India is slated to experience strong smartphone growth in the coming years,” said analyst Ross Rubin.

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Apple under fire from NCPPR over 'hypocrisy on the issue of religious freedom'

Article Image This week’s Apple shareholder meeting will be livened up by a proposal from the right-wing National Center for Public Policy Research, which seeks to have the company “review and report” on its operations in “high-risk regions with poor human rights records” after CEO Tim Cook spoke out on the Indiana religious freedom laws last year.

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UK prisoners might receive iPads to study and communicate with family – report

Article Image The UK’s Ministry of Justice is reportedly considering a proposal that would give prisoners iPads to use in their cells for studying and keeping in touch with family members.

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JPEG Committee Proposal Stirs Image-DRM Fears


The JPEG Committee last week met in Brussels to discuss a proposal to secure privacy information such as metadata for published pictures that includes geographical information enabling identification of people who have given anonymous interviews to journalists, and pictures posted on social media intended only for a limited audience.
The proposal also seeks to address intellectual property rights for images provided by commercial stock providers or news agencies. Privacy concerns inhibit digital content distribution, the JPEG Committee said.

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FCC to propose regulating the internet as a utility – report

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to issue a proposal this week that would see the agency classify internet access as a telecommunications utility, a move that may also include reclassification for data services from wireless carriers.



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Missouri attempts to ban municipal broadband as White House pushes to void the same restrictions

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A new proposal from the White House would emphasize community broadband and municipal Internet access programs, while a 20th state is considering banning such utilities at the behest of a cable company.

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Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs


A recent proposal in the U.S. Senate to curb the impact of electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency could enhance privacy for citizens and benefit businesses as well. However, major information technology companies that help the government collect telecom and Internet data still will be vulnerable to the substantial costs of working with the NSA, even if the proposed bill becomes law. The Senate initiative, called the “USA Freedom Act,” was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on July 29.

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Court rejects $325M wage-fixing settlement, says Apple, others should 'pay their fair share'

A federal judge on Friday rejected a settlement proposal put forth by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe that would have seen the Silicon Valley giants pay $324.5 million to end a long-running class action lawsuit alleging that they conspired to suppress salary inflation among workers.



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The FCC’s net neutrality proposal: What does it mean for you, and the internet?

Net neutrality, a rather utopian view of it
Yesterday morning, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved forward with a new proposal that is intended to safeguard net neutrality. Other news sources are reporting that this new proposal will allow ISPs to create ‘internet fast lanes’ for web services (Netflix, etc.) that stump up the extra cash, and thus implicitly creating an internet slow lane for every company that doesn’t pay up. In reality, the FCC’s proposal is actually a lot more complex than that. Read on for more details of the FCC’s new Open Internet proposal, and how it will actually affect you.

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FCC Chair Changes Tune on Net Neutrality


The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission reportedly is changing a proposal for regulating Internet traffic in response to a wave of dissension against the idea.
Chairman Tom Wheeler had proposed a new “Net neutrality” plan that would allow Internet service providers to negotiate with companies that use the Internet to provide services to end customers — such as those who deliver streaming video, cloud services, social networking, or any Web service — in order to grant preferential treatment of their data in exchange for fees.

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Tech Industry Leans on FCC in Net Neutrality Clash


More than 100 companies in the tech industry have come together to battle a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that they say could irreparably harm the open Internet. Firms including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo signed an open letter to the FCC advocating the benefits of an open Internet. The FCC’s long-standing support and protection of the open Internet has allowed companies to flourish and provide economic growth in the U.S., the coalition’s letter says.

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