Brian Fung

The Washington Post

@b_fung

  • Tech reporter for the Washington Post.
  • Previously worked for The Atlantic and National Journal.
  • Feels strongly about bikes and cars SHARING THE DAMN ROAD (emphasis ours).
Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins FCC approval to put 7,000 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit

Nov 15

It's part of a new space race to bring Web access to the entire planet.

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Sinclair and 5 other media companies have settled with DOJ over claims they worked together to set TV ad prices

Nov 13

The companies had illegally shared ad sales data in violation of antitrust law, the government had said in a lawsuit.

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Small cable companies want DOJ to reinvestigate Comcast’s merger with NBC

Nov 12

Comcast is 'a much greater threat' than AT&T-Time Warner, the American Cable Association claims.

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Why millions of Dish Network’s customers have been cut off from HBO

Nov 9

Dish blames the blackout on AT&T's merger with Time Warner, but the telecom giant says it has nothing to do with the situation.

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West Virginians in 19 countries have voted by mobile device, in the biggest blockchain-based voting test ever

Nov 6

Voatz, the start-up behind the pilot, says its system is secure. But election integrity experts say the technology remains potentially vulnerable.

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The Supreme Court won’t take up net neutrality — this time

Nov 5

The appeal brought by the telecom industry challenged federal rules that were against the blocking or slowing down of websites.

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Amazon, Facebook and Google are all being looked at for antitrust violations, Trump says

Nov 5

The government has been looking into the matter for months.

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One of the hottest things in cryptocurrency right now: stablecoins

Nov 1

Supporters say so-called 'stablecoins' may fulfill much of bitcoin's original promise.

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Trump claims that Twitter has ‘removed many people from my account’

Oct 26

But a review by The Washington Post found that Trump’s follower count has generally increased throughout the year and into October.

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Cities are challenging the FCC with a court fight over cell sites

Oct 25

Millions of dollars in local fees are at stake over efforts to accelerate the spread of 5G wireless technology.

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Google says it’s ‘dead serious’ about workplace misconduct, amid reports it protected accused sexual harassers

Oct 25

As many as 48 people have been fired from Google over sexual harassment allegations over the past two years, Pichai said, 13 of whom were senior managers and above.

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Trump is rolling back two Obama-era memos on wireless technology and replacing them with his own

Oct 25

With one eye on China, Trump wants more wireless airwaves made available to U.S. businesses.

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This CEO allegedly stole millions from low-income phone subscribers to pay for a Ferrari, a private jet and a Florida condo

Oct 23

Now he faces a record fine from the Federal Communications Commission.

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The Saudi investment conference’s website has been hacked and taken down

Oct 22

The summit's homepage was overtaken by messages critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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McCain’s a ‘geezer’ and Ryan’s an ‘absolute nobody’: Russia’s playbook for sounding American in Facebook propaganda

Oct 19

Name the subject, and Russian disinformation operatives had a playbook on how to pass themselves off as politically active Americans as they secretly sought to manipulate U.S. voters online -- on both the right and the left -- with incendiary phrases, glib pu…

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Facebook hires Nick Clegg, Britain’s former deputy prime minister, to lead global affairs

Oct 19

Clegg will take over from Elliot Schrage and could put the company on a stronger footing in Europe.

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FCC says Hurricane Michael victims in Florida deserve a month of free cell service

Oct 16

Chairman Ajit Pai slammed carriers such as AT&T and Verizon for their "completely unacceptable" response to the storm.

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Google will no longer force Android phone makers to set Chrome as the default browser — in the EU

Oct 16

Google is ending a controversial practice in Europe whereby it requires smartphone makers seeking to pre-install Google’s app store to also add other Google apps, such as search and Chrome.

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Google really is trying to build a censored Chinese search engine, its CEO confirms

Oct 16

Given Chinese censorship issues, the project has led to employee backlash at the search engine giant.

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Facebook says fewer users were affected by a data breach - but more information was taken

Oct 12

An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network, the company said Friday as it released new details about the scope of an incident that has regulators and law enforcement o…

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Justice Department approves CVS’s $69 billion merger with insurance giant Aetna

Oct 10

The merger will allow CVS to turn its locations into medical hubs for more basic services.

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Laughing at the Google+ bug? You’re making a big mistake.

Oct 8

Google+'s unpopularity is a distraction. Don't fall for it.

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How to delete your Google+ account

Oct 8

A software bug prompted Google to announce it will shutter the social platform.

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Internet providers are joining Trump’s DOJ in suing California over net neutrality

Oct 3

Cable and telecom companies are widening the argument against the legislation.

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Millions of cellphone users are about to get a ‘Presidential Alert.’ Here’s what to know.

Oct 3

Wednesday’s test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system will mark the first time that emergency management officials will have used the nationwide alerting capabilities reserved for the office of the president.

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The battle lines are already taking shape in California’s legal fight with DOJ over net neutrality

Oct 1

The Trump administration is suing to block California's new law. Here's what to expect.

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The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new net neutrality law

Oct 1

The Trump administration said it would sue California in an effort to block what some experts have described as the toughest net neutrality law ever written in the United States, setting up a high-stakes legal showdown over the future of the internet.

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Facebook says 50 million accounts affected by ‘security issue’

Sep 28

The incident is prompting the company to force the owners of 90 million accounts to log back in.

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Trump’s antitrust chief questions whether there’s ‘credible evidence’ Big Tech is harming innovation

Sep 28

Makan Delrahim warns the public 'about the power of big companies in a democracy.’

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Uber reaches $148 million settlement over its 2016 data breach, which affected 57 million globally

Sep 26

The settlement is among the biggest in company history.

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Inside the big meeting of federal and state law enforcement that signaled a new willingness to investigate tech giants

Sep 25



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The future of 5G mobile data could hinge on a battle over utility pole fees

Sep 24

How much should AT&T and Verizon pay to put up 5G cell sites? A proposed FCC rule could set new limits.

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PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying Infowars 'promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance’

Sep 21

The payment processor is the latest tech company to kick Jones off of its platform.

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Women don’t just face a gender pay gap. They also suffer from an equity pay gap.

Sep 19

New research suggests the gender pay gap extends to a common form of non-traditional compensation, particularly in the tech industry.

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Verizon denies ‘throttling’ mobile data for Hurricane Florence victims

Sep 18

The company concedes that there may be outages in cellular service in parts of North Carolina.

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Are Google and Facebook too powerful? Washington: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sep 14

As President Trump calls for regulators to scrutinize Silicon Valley, actual policymakers are left scratching their heads.

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Verizon says Oath CEO Tim Armstrong is stepping down

Sep 12

Armstrong, who will be succeeded in October by K. Guru Gowrappan, will have an advisory role at Verizon before leaving at the end of the year.

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Get ready for Big Bitcoin: Cryptocurrency industry opens a D.C. lobbying arm

Sep 11

The Bitcoin Association is the industry's first fully fledged trade association in Washington.

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Top states say they haven’t been invited to the Justice Department’s meeting about tech companies

Sep 7

The absence of invitations is prompting criticism that the Trump administration's inquiry is a politically charged attack on the tech industry.

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Verizon’s troubles with AOL taught it a lesson: Consumers care about privacy

Sep 7

Given a choice between freebies and safeguarding their data, most customers chose safety.

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Justice Department to consider allegations of censorship on Facebook, Twitter

Sep 5

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to meet with state attorneys general later this month to discuss whether tech companies may be "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas,” the Justice Department said Wednesday in a statement.

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Trump again calls for reexamining NBC’s TV license, despite the fact it doesn’t have one

Sep 4

Trump's own FCC chairman has said he cannot revoke a TV station license over the content it airs.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the FTC to investigate Google

Aug 30

The lawmaker's letter to regulators comes after President Trump said the search giant is biased against conservatives.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group files countersuit against Tribune Media over failed merger

Aug 29

The conservative broadcaster is accusing Tribune of a "self-serving" attempt to distance itself from the collapsed deal.

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4 ways Trump could go after Google

Aug 29

Trump has policy options, but they're all rather limited.

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Here’s what we know about Google’s mysterious search engine

Aug 28

Trump's tweet attacking the search giant for being "rigged" raises the question -- how does it really work?

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Verizon is lifting data restrictions on Hawaii first-responders after California firefighters complained of throttled speeds

Aug 24

The company said it is also lifting some restrictions for emergency workers in Hawaii.

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T-Mobile says hackers made off with some users’ personal data

Aug 24

The company is directly notifying affected customers.

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Net neutrality activists, state officials are taking the FCC to court. Here’s how they’ll argue the case.

Aug 21

State officials, tech companies and consumer groups are calling the policy change "arbitrary and capricious."

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Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, saying it will sue for ‘breach of contract’

Aug 9



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The FCC claimed it got hacked last year over net neutrality. But an internal watchdog says that isn’t true.

Aug 7

The agency's inspector general said FCC officials "misrepresented facts" in trying to explain away the controversy.

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DOJ calls judge’s approval of AT&T-Time Warner merger ‘deeply flawed’

Aug 6

The government criticized the lower court's "faulty logic," in a briefing to a federal appeals court.

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A lawsuit accuses Sinclair and other media companies of conspiring to raise TV ad prices

Aug 2

The antitrust suit accuses the companies of an anticompetitive "scheme."

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Is your Fitbit wrong? One woman argued it was — and almost ended up in a legal no-man’s land.

Aug 2

The case highlights not only the limits of wearable tech, but what can happen when consumers try to hold companies accountable.

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New York moves to break up Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable

Jul 27

State regulators have accused the company of acting in "bad faith."

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The SEC has thwarted the Winklevoss twins’ dreams of a bitcoin ETF, again

Jul 26

The risk of bitcoin markets manipulation is still too high, regulators say.

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Time to break up Google and Facebook, says New York attorney general candidate

Jul 25

Zephyr Teachout is targeting tech platforms in a contested four-way race.

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HBO wants you to cut back on this money-saving tactic

Jul 24

The premium channel intends to add more original programming to keep viewers hooked year-round.

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Sinclair walks back some of its merger plans, in wake of FCC skepticism

Jul 18

The move comes after the FCC expressed "serious concern" over the deal this week.

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FCC chairman has ‘serious concerns’ about the Sinclair-Tribune merger and could seek to block the deal

Jul 16

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is seeking to submit aspects of the merger to an administrative law judge, a first step toward blocking the deal.

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The Justice Department to appeal its loss in the AT&T-Time Warner trial

Jul 12

The move comes weeks after a federal judge ruled against DOJ in the landmark case.

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The FCC just changed its rules for handling consumer complaints

Jul 12

The changes come amid a burst of last-minute political opposition to the move.

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In America’s tech capital, tens of thousands go without home Internet. Here’s how San Francisco wants to fix it.

Jul 12

The city's plan could close a yawning digital divide, but critics say housing and homelessness are far bigger priorities.

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No, the FCC is not forcing consumers to pay $225 to file complaints

Jul 11



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California’s net neutrality bill is back, and tough as ever

Jul 5

State lawmakers have been working to restore key provisions that were stripped out last month.

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AT&T is hiking the price of DirecTV Now, despite promising lower consumer prices in the Time Warner trial

Jul 3

The company's actions contrast with its testimony in the Justice Department's landmark antitrust case.

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Officials have arrested a man who threatened to murder FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s family over net neutrality

Jun 29

The arrest and charges come amid a national debate over "civility."

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California’s net neutrality legislation just got watered down in a big way

Jun 20

Lawmakers in California's State Assembly have weakened a landmark bill aimed at implementing a local version of the Federal Communications Commission's now-defunct net neutrality rules, in a blow to Internet activists who had hoped for stronger measures. Appr…

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Why bitcoin exchanges keep getting hacked — and how to protect yourself

Jun 20

The price of bitcoin took a tumble early Wednesday after a major South Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, admitted that hackers made off with more than $31 million worth of virtual currency. The incident is the latest in a long string of thefts at …

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Verizon, AT&T will suspend sales of customer location data, after a prison phone company was caught misusing it

Jun 19

Verizon and AT&T will no longer share its customers' location information with a number of third-party companies who failed to handle the data appropriately, the companies said Tuesday. The move to cut off access comes after an investigation by Sen. Ron Wyden…

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It’s official: AT&T-Time Warner is a done deal

Jun 15

AT&T closed its landmark mega-merger with Time Warner Thursday night, completing the $85 billion deal swiftly ahead of its June 20 deadline. The rapid moves came as the Justice Department said Thursday it would not seek a judicial stay of the deal, even as de…

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Bitcoin and ether shouldn’t be regulated like stocks and bonds, a top SEC official says

Jun 14

Two of the world's biggest virtual currencies need not be regulated like stocks and bonds, a top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday, putting to rest months of uncertainty about how the financial regulator views bitcoin and ether,…

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William Shatner wants bitcoin miners to boldly go to this solar-powered mining facility in Illinois

Jun 14

In Captain Kirk's universe, starships fly around at the speed of light and can effortlessly beam people from one place to another thanks to scientific advances that let humanity produce massive amounts of energy. Fictional or not, that type of technology coul…

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‘Everything’s on the line’: AT&T’s showdown with DOJ over Time Warner finally gets a decision today

Jun 12

A federal judge is expected to rule Tuesday on whether to block AT&T's $85 billion Time Warner merger, in what has become America's most closely watched antitrust trial in decades. The opinion by Judge Richard Leon could determine AT&T's future in digital ent…

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A judge is about to decide whether to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner. Here’s what you need to know.

Jun 11

A federal judge is about to render a major decision in the government's lawsuit against a merger of AT&T and Time Warner, a case that could reshape how millions of Americans get access to the AT&TInternet and entertainment. For weeks, the case has been in lim…

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The FCC’s net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here’s what that really means.

Jun 11

Monday marks the official end of the federal government's net neutrality rules, the Obama-era regulations that said Internet providers can't block or slow down websites, or prioritize their own content over others. It's a major turning point for Internet poli…

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Why you’re getting flooded with privacy notifications in your email

May 25

If you're like most Internet users, you've probably gotten a dozen or more emails this week notifying you of looming privacy policy updates at your favorite websites — and perhaps even at a few sites you'd completely forgotten about. What is the big deal, and…

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No, Twitter still doesn’t have to abide by the First Amendment — even if Trump’s account does

May 23

President Trump violated the constitutional rights of Americans when he blocked some of his Twitter followers after they criticized him politically, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling by Judge Naomi Buchwald identifies, for the first time, parts of T…

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Trump cannot block Twitter users for their political views, court rules

May 23

President Trump's decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump's effort to silence his critics is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution becaus…

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State regulators unveil nationwide crackdown on suspicious cryptocurrency investment schemes

May 21

Securities regulators across the United States and Canada announced dozens of investigations Monday into potentially deceitful cryptocurrency investment products, the largest coordinated crackdown to date by state and provincial officials on bitcoin scams. As…

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Net neutrality is getting a big vote in the Senate today. Here’s what to expect.

May 16

Senate lawmakers are expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution that aims to undo a sweeping act of deregulation undertaken last year by the Federal Communications Commission — and issue a rebuke to the Trump administration, which supported the FCC's move. Th…

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EFAIL: Your email app could be exposing your encrypted messages

May 14

Security researchers said Monday they have discovered a critical flaw in the way certain email programs handle a popular encryption technology that safeguards emails from prying eyes. The flaw, known as EFAIL, affects applications such as Mozilla Thunderbird,…

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AT&T CEO: Hiring Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was ‘a big mistake’

May 11

AT&T made a “serious misjudgment” to seek advice from President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson told employees in a companywide internal email Friday. “There is no other way to say it — AT&T hiring Michael Coh…

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Why the Internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

May 9

Internet activists and tech companies are holding a day of protest Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again. What's at stake now is a key piece of legislation that the Senate is also expected to introduce Wednesday on the hot-button issue. Whe…

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Every type of personal data Equifax lost to hackers, by the numbers

May 8

Ever since Equifax lost control of millions of Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, names, dates of birth and other sensitive personal information in a massive data breach last year, the credit-reporting agency has gradually upped its estimates …

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Regulators and AT&T offer closing arguments in antitrust case

Apr 30

The Justice Department made a final pitch Monday against AT&T's $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner, demanding in federal court that the deal be blocked or that AT&T should be permitted only to buy a portion of the media and entertainment giant. Addressin…

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What the T-Mobile and Sprint merger means for you

Apr 30

Sprint and T-Mobile are officially seeking to merge. If the deal is approved, the resulting company would be the nation’s second-biggest wireless carrier after Verizon, controlling roughly 100 million customers. While the merger could put the companies in a s…

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Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly nearing a merger deal

Apr 27

T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly nearing a merger deal that would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively — adding to a whirlwind of consolidation in the communications industry. The proposed merger, which was first re…

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What Comcast’s $31 billion offer for a U.K. TV company tells us about the cable giant’s ambitions

Apr 25

Comcast said Wednesday that it's offering $31 billion to buy the British TV provider Sky, officially kicking off a bidding war between the U.S. cable giant and 21st Century Fox, which has offered $16.5 billion for the company. But why is a U.K.-based televisi…

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Key government witness admits error in AT&T-Time Warner case

Apr 24

The AT&T-Time Warner merger could end up costing consumers less money than what some earlier estimates suggest, the government's star witness admitted in federal court Tuesday as he clashed repeatedly with company lawyers over key figures in his economic anal…

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AT&T and Verizon are again being investigated for collusion. Here’s what happened the first time.

Apr 21

The Justice Department is currently investigating whether AT&T and Verizon may have colluded to thwart a technology that could allow wireless customers to switch network providers more easily. But antitrust officials conducting a similar probe in 2016 found l…

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AT&T and Verizon are under federal investigation for potential collusion

Apr 20

The Department of Justice is investigating potential efforts by AT&T and Verizon to hamstring a technology that could someday make it easier for consumers to seamlessly switch their wireless carriers, according to three people familiar with the matter. The pr…

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From 4K video to in-store merch, here’s how AT&T plans to buy your loyalty after the Time Warner merger

Apr 20

For weeks, officials defending the AT&T-Time Warner merger have spoken in broad terms about how the deal could lower TV subscription prices for consumers and spur "innovation." But it wasn't until this week that top company executives laid out concrete specif…

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AT&T’s CEO took the stand in the Time Warner trial. Here’s what he said.

Apr 19

In the end, it was always going to be Time Warner. In his most detailed comments to date about how the AT&T-Time Warner merger came to be, AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson said Thursday that he spent hours in his home office during the summer of 2016 p…

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Time Warner CEO calls the government’s case against AT&T ‘ridiculous’

Apr 18

Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes denied Wednesday that AT&T will raise the price of TV channels such as CNN and TBS as a result of the two companies' $85 billion merger, calling the Justice Department's landmark case to block the deal "ridiculous." "I …

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AT&T’s CEO is about to defend the biggest merger of his career

Apr 17

AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson is expected to testify in federal court this week to defend his company's historic merger with Time Warner, a deal that antitrust regulators have said is illegal and anticompetitive. For the 57-year-old Oklahoma native,…

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Now even Comcast wants to Netflix and chill

Apr 13

One of the nation's largest cable companies is adding Netflix directly to its product lineup. Comcast said Friday that you'll soon be able to purchase a Netflix subscription from the TV and Internet provider as part of a regular bundle of services. Just as co…

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AT&T is trying to undercut the government’s star witness in the blockbuster Time Warner trial

Apr 12

An economist retained by AT&T took aim at key government arguments Thursday in the landmark antitrust trial involving Time Warner, now in its fourth week. With Justice's top antitrust attorney, Makan Delrahim, looking on from the government's table, AT&T's wi…

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Americans could be paying an extra $571 million a year for TV if AT&T buys Time Warner, says DOJ’s expert economist

Apr 11

The Department of Justice's antitrust case against AT&T reached a crescendo Wednesday as government lawyers asked an expert economist to explain how the telecom giant's $85 billion Time Warner merger will lead to higher cable bills for consumers. By 2021, con…

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‘Your user agreement sucks’: Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate grilling, in 10 key moments

Apr 11

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before a joint Senate panel Tuesday dragged on for hours, so if you missed much of it, we won't blame you. But if you're trying to catch up on the key points, we've drawn out a few important moments from th…

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With Facebook on the ropes, Internet providers seek to press their advantage in Washington

Apr 10

As Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, defends his company's data practices this week before Congress, one of the nation's largest cable companies is asking federal lawmakers for a bill that would rein in social media platforms, search engines a…

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Read Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, annotated

Apr 9

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's prepared testimony ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Read the full remarks below, along with analysis and commentary from Washington Post staff. Zucke…

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Everything you need to know to get caught up on the landmark AT&T-Time Warner trial

Apr 6

We're now almost four weeks into AT&T's historic court battle with the government over its $85 billion merger with Time Warner. Where do things stand in the landmark antitrust trial? Here's an overview of the major themes emerging in this pivotal case that co…

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The nation’s biggest conservative broadcaster is putting words in its anchors’ mouths. Critics blame the FCC.

Apr 3

A viral YouTube video of dozens of local TV anchors reading the same scripted message to viewers has inflamed a debate about media bias in the era of President Trump. And critics say the Federal Communications Commission is responsible for enabling and embold…

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The government’s case against AT&T-Time Warner may hinge on this online survey

Mar 29

Federal officials sought to lay the groundwork Thursday for a key argument in its historic antitrust case against AT&T and Time Warner, attempting to show how the $85 billion mega-merger could lead to sharp subscriber declines among AT&T's rivals in the TV bu…

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The FCC wants to slap restrictions on Chinese-made wireless gear

Mar 27

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to unveil a proposal Tuesday aimed at blocking Chinese-made wireless equipment from being installed in America’s next-generation data networks. Under the new proposed rules, wireless carriers and other compani…

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It’ll be harder to ditch your ‘bloated’ cable package if AT&T merges with Time Warner, says Dish

Mar 26

Amid sky-high cable bills, many TV viewers have sought to cut costs by firing their TV providers and switching to a relatively new crop of online alternatives offering fewer channels at a lower price. These so-called "skinny bundles" are often streamed live o…

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The new technology that aspires to #deletefacebook for good

Mar 23

It's been a terrible week for Facebook, with policymakers and users alike demanding answers from the social network over its Cambridge Analytica fiasco, in which the data analysis firm improperly accessed the personal information of about 50 million Facebook …

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AT&T and the Justice Department are set to offer opening arguments in the Time Warner trial

Mar 22

AT&T and the Justice Department are expected to clash in federal court Thursday as the two sides begin oral arguments in a landmark antitrust trial over Time Warner — the first such court case since the Nixon administration. Government lawyers will argue that…

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AT&T offered this deal to 1,000 competitors to address concerns over Time Warner. Just 20 accepted.

Mar 20

As it became clear last November that the Department of Justice was heading for a legal showdown with AT&T over its Time Warner merger, the telecom giant put forward a proposal that it said would address the government’s concerns about competition. But thus f…

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AT&T and the government face off in court today. Here’s everything you need to know.

Mar 19

White House intrigue. Silicon Valley-backed disruption. The future of the information economy. And the power of government to hold large and dominant companies accountable. All of these have become defining factors in a historic lawsuit involving AT&T and the…

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The FTC is cracking down on a string of ‘deceptive cryptocurrency schemes’

Mar 16

One of the nation's top consumer watchdogs is trying to put a stop to a series of alleged cryptocurrency scams that promised victims massive rewards for recruiting new members into the schemes. The lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission takes aim at so-calle…

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To get rural kids online, Microsoft wants to put Internet access on school buses

Mar 8

Microsoft is looking to turn ordinary school buses into Internet-enabled hotspots, in an experiment that’s aimed at helping students in rural Michigan do their homework. The company wants to use empty TV airwaves to beam high-speed Internet signals to buses i…

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How 5G became a political football in a merger between two of the world’s biggest chip makers

Mar 7

It's easy to forget that many of the electronic devices we take for granted are actually made up of tiny components sourced from dozens of different companies. But now a merger attempt involving two of the world's largest computer chip makers is drawing renew…

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Coinbase, a top cryptocurrency exchange, is launching an index fund

Mar 7

One of the world's top cryptocurrency exchanges is opening up a new way for investors to seek a return on digital currencies such as bitcoin — by launching an index fund that tracks four of the biggest virtual currencies on the market. Known as the Coinbase I…

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Washington state’s net neutrality law is the beginning of a big headache for Internet providers

Mar 6

Washington has become the first state in the nation to enact its own net neutrality rules that impose strict requirements on Internet providers, making it illegal for broadband companies to block or slow down websites. Signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee (D), th…

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Inside the huge, low-profile alliance fighting to save the FCC’s net neutrality rules

Feb 28

Every week, a motley crew of tech wonks and legal experts meet in Washington to discuss the problem they've been grappling with for almost a year now: how to save the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Of the 70 to 80 regulars in the ga…

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The FCC’s net neutrality rules will die on April 23. Here’s what happens now.

Feb 22

The Federal Communications Commission's change in net neutrality policy has finally been published in the Federal Register, the government's official record of all administrative actions. The moment is key, because it kicks off the next phase of the fight ove…

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SpaceX’s Internet satellites are part of a wave of new tech that could give you more choice in broadband providers

Feb 22

SpaceX hit another orbital milestone on Wednesday: It launched a pair of experimental broadband satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The test satellites are another step forward for chief executive Elon Musk, who dream…

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AT&T demanded the Justice Department hand over documents that could show Trump’s influence over the Time Warner deal. A judge said no.

Feb 20

A federal judge has ruled against AT&T in its effort to force the Justice Department to reveal whether President Trump inappropriately interfered with a regulatory review of the telecom giant's $85 billion Time Warner merger. The ruling on Tuesday from Judge …

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AT&T demands Trump administration logs in court battle over Time Warner deal

Feb 17

AT&T is demanding that the Justice Department hand over additional evidence to prove that President Trump did not wield political influence over the agency as its antitrust enforcers reviewed the company's bid to acquire Time Warner. DOJ should produce a log …

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This gutsy tactic could make or break the AT&T-Time Warner court fight

Feb 14

The landmark court battle between AT&T and the U.S. government took another unusual turn Wednesday when reports surfaced that the telecom giant may seek to call the Justice Department’s top competition regulator — the very same person working to block AT&T’s …

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Salon.com wants to fight ad-blockers by using your PC to mine cryptocurrency

Feb 13

Claiming that ad-blockers have cut "deeply" into its revenue, the media company Salon is asking some readers to bolster its bottom line — by helping the site generate cryptocurrency. The move, launched Sunday, makes Salon one of the first major online publish…

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States and the FCC are on a collision course over net neutrality — and nobody’s sure how it’ll go

Feb 9

State governments are becoming a pivotal player in the battle over net neutrality. In recent weeks, legislatures stretching from California to Massachusetts have introduced bills aimed at restoring the Federal Communications Commission's broadband rules, whic…

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The FCC has unveiled its plan to repeal its net neutrality rules

Nov 21

The move sets the stage for a vote next month that could reshape the entire digital ecosystem by giving Internet providers more power to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use.

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The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner

Nov 20

The suit is the biggest antitrust case to hit Washington in decades

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TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook

Nov 14

How TV stations could soon begin to track you and use your viewing data.

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Trump says he ‘didn’t make that decision’ to ask AT&T to sell off CNN’s parent company

Nov 11

But Trump praised his antitrust chief as a “very, very respected person."

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Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them.

Nov 9

The senator's call comes amid rising skepticism of Silicon Valley in Washington. Franken wants tech companies to follow the same net neutrality principles that the federal government has applied to broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast.

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AT&T and antitrust officials have discussed shedding CNN in the telecom’s mega-deal for Time Warner

Nov 8

The fate of the news channel, oft criticized by President Trump, remains the most explosive element of the proposed acquisition.

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Trump urges Saudi oil company to list its stock on NYSE ahead of massive IPO

Nov 4

Trump tweeted that he "would very much appreciate Saudi Arabia doing their IPO of Aramco with the New York Stock Exchange" as the state-owned company prepares for an IPO.

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T-Mobile and Sprint are calling off their merger attempt

Nov 4

The two companies said they're better off working alone.

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The FCC just ended a decades-old rule designed to keep TV and radio under local control

Oct 24

The move could help stations save money — or lead to greater media consolidation.

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