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Robocalls hit 3 million a day in Arizona, but help may be on the way

On a typical day in Arizona this year, more than 3 million robocalls were made to phone numbers in the state, an increase of more than 1.4 million a day from just a year earlier.... Read more»

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Five things you should know about proposed FCC privacy rules

It stops Verizon’s zombie cookie in its tracks, but allows AT&T to keep charging customers extra if they want privacy. ... Read more»

Verizon will let users kill 'zombie cookies'

Verizon says it will soon offer customers a way to opt out from having their smartphone and tablet browsing tracked via a hidden un-killable tracking identifier.... Read more»

Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can’t kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook. ... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. just starting down the path toward net neutrality

Analysis: President Obama's statement supporting a free Internet is the start of a larger, global process. ... Read more»

Net neutrality and the First Amendment: Who has the right to free speech?

It’s been one month since the FCC voted on a proposal critics say would kill net neutrality. With just one month left until comment period ends, both sides of the debate are demanding First Amendment rights. ... Read more»

Network neutrality debate may be headed back to FCC

Despite reports to the contrary, the debate over network neutrality is far from over.... Read more»

NSA black hole: 5 things we still don't know about agency's snooping

Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know.... Read more»

The best stories on the government's growing surveillance

Since 9/11, the government has been collecting enormous amounts of information on citizens. But most of the data grabbing is done in secret. What do we know about what the government knows? Here’s our reading guide to the government's growing surveillance.... Read more»

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, who signed an order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency telephone records for tens of millions of American customers, attended an expense-paid judicial seminar sponsored by a libertarian think tank that featured lectures from a vocal proponent of executive branch powers.... Read more»

Cell phone tower workers paying with their lives

Tower climbing, an obscure field with no more than 10,000 workers, has a death rate roughly 10 times that of construction.... Read more»

E-Rate

Gov't tells phone companies to follow low-price rule for schools

Federal regulators are finally telling phone companies how to comply with a rule requiring them to charge bargain prices to schools and libraries. ... Read more»

E-Rate

AT&T, feds neglect low-price school Internet mandate

As schools struggle for funding amid widespread budget cuts, there is growing evidence that a requirement to offer low-price connectivity has been widely neglected by federal regulators and at least one telecom giant.... Read more»

Unemployment stuck at 9.1 percent

Unemployment in the United States is still stuck at 9.1 percent, though a report from the Labor Department showed that 103,000 new jobs were added in September.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The corporations that are robbing your children

America’s largest corporations have increased the national debt by hundreds of billions since 2000. It’s time we stopped them from stealing from our children.... Read more»3

Net neutrality: Parsing the Google/Verizon announcement

Google and Verizon - which have historically been on different sides of the net neutrality debate - favor net neutrality on wired broadband, but "wouldn't apply such limits to Internet use on mobile phones." ... Read more»

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