Jul 7, 2014

U.S. tightens security on electronics at overseas airports

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said Sunday. The new measure is part of the TSA’s effort announced last week to ...

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Jun 6, 2014

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission. The company outlined the details in a report that is ...

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Jun 6, 2014

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank Corp. and Sprint Corp., won’t be able to ride the regulatory coattails of pending U.S. telecommunications deals if he decides to buy T-Mobile US Inc. Regulators are preparing to vet proposed acquisitions worth more than $45 billion each from ...

May 10, 2014

Court sides with U.S. in cellphone-tracking records case

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant’s conviction, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes. The ruling came in ...

Dec 13, 2013

U.S. moves ahead on plan to allow phone use in planes

U.S. regulators Thursday opened the door to allowing mobile phone use on airplanes — an issue that has stirred howls of protest over the potential for disruption in the skies. The Federal Communication Commission’s 3-2 vote came after chairman Tom Wheeler said the action ...

FCC faces outcry over allowing cellphone calls during flights

Dec 12, 2013

FCC faces outcry over allowing cellphone calls during flights

It didn’t take long for Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to face controversy. On Thursday, the agency’s five-member commission is set to vote on whether to allow the public to comment on Wheeler’s idea to allow cellphone calls and ...

Will airlines allow in-flight calls?

| Nov 24, 2013

Will airlines allow in-flight calls?

by Scott Mayerowitz

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a ...

Moves to allow in-flight phone use spark outrage

Nov 23, 2013

Moves to allow in-flight phone use spark outrage

The complaints started getting loud almost immediately after U.S. regulators said they were considering allowing passengers to use cellphones on airplanes. In petitions, on social media and in press releases, the grumbling began within hours after the Federal Communications Commission said the question will ...