It’s a new year, which means we’re all ready for a new round of speculation that Google will become a mobile carrier. Right on cue, The Information’s Amir Efrati published a report saying Google will shortly begin offering its own mobile plans by becoming a mobile virtual network operator – a network-less service provider that buys capacity on another carrier’s infrastructure. by Kevin Fitchard I’m not trying to bust Efrati’s chops – well, maybe a little – as he’s rarely wrong, but this is a story that’s been ‘evolving’ for the better part of the decade. Last year, The Information reported very much the same story with a few details changed. At that time Google was in discussions with Verizon and Sprint to use their networks. Today the discussions are with Sprint and T-Mobile and the ef
US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers." by David Kravets for arstechnica Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce information must
A federal appeals court has struck down the FCC's "net neutrality" rules, siding with Verizon in a case that could allow internet service providers to charge — or restrict — internet access based on customers' or companies' usage. The FCC said it may appeal the ruling. For years, the FCC has required that broadband web service providers treat all traffic equally, and not restrict or promote certain web sites or services or discriminate in favor of sites they own over competing companies. That appears to have come to an end today based on a technicality, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The judges appeared to be sympathetic to the FCC's attempt to write rules requiring equal treatment of web traffic, but decided that the agency doesn't ha
The Verizon or PRISM or Snowden affair marks a turning point in the history -- a very young history -- of the Internet and its governance within the international law landscape. With the facts as overwhelming as they are frightening, they show above all the mighty power of the United States over the Internet and its users. This issue not only concerns the information of American citizens, but also all 'foreigners' who have a Google account and other Internet industry heavyweights. We are talking about the very core of Internet governance currently under American domination. The rules in question, such as respect of personal information, net neutrality or digital public policies whether national, regional or international, are at the heart of an ongoing 15-year battle. During the l...
The White House is defending the practice of gathering cell phone records from American citizens while neither confirming nor denying a report that the NSA is collecting records from millions of Verizon customers. The practice was first revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday, which obtained and published a highly classified court order that requires the production of “telephony metadata” by the telecommunications giant. The order, marked "Top Secret" and issued by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court instructs Verizon to hand over data including all calling records on an "ongoing, daily basis". More