A look back at the products, policy decisions, and events that mattered most in the consumer technology and technology policy worlds.
Created by washingtonpost on Dec 13, 2010
Last updated: 12/28/10 at 12:10 PM
The suit claims iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track what applications users download, how frequently they’re used and for how long.
The carrier says the upgrade will offer 110 million Americans access to 10 times the speed of its 3G service.
The draft regulation would allow broadband service providers to prioritize their own content and that of partners over that of competitors. It also would allow broadband network operators to charge consumers based on how much data they use.
The tech giant acknowledged that cars gathering data for its location-based Street View app had scarfed up e-mail addresses, URLs and passwords from residential Wi-Fi networks. The FCC and some European governments have launched probes into the breach.
Interval Licensing LLC, a company set up by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, filed a patent infringement suit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube. It's just one of a host of patent lawsuits that cropped up in the tech world this year.
Citing national security concerns, the governments of Saudi Arabia, India and the UAE threatened to block BlackBerry's encrypted corporate e-mail service.
The social networking site that was started out of a college dorm room 6 years ago reaches a major milestone.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made his first trip to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican members of the Senate's high-tech task force after a researcher released data on more than 100 million Facebook users, showing how easy it is to gather profile information about those users who are making their names, locations and e-mail addresses available to the public.
An occasional curse word or even Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" on prime-time TV shouldn't bring down the wrath of the FCC, a federal court ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit said the agency's rules on indecency are too vague and violate the First Amendment.
The highly-anticipated device received a spate of negative attention when problems were discovered with its signal reception. Consumer Reports refused to endorse the phone, and Apple later conceded and offered refunds to unsatisfied customers.
After criticism mounted that the site wasn't doing enough to protect its users, it unveiled what chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called “pretty big overhaul." Privacy advocates hailed the changes as a good first step.
The company said it will begin in certain test markets to offer broadband service capable of delivering bits and bytes at speeds 100 times what most Americans now receive from their cable and telephone companies.
Chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled the world's first tablet computer to great fanfare. Millions have been sold since the device hit shelves in April.
The computer attacks were part of a concerted political and corporate espionage effort that exploited security flaws in e-mail attachments to sneak into the networks of major financial, defense and technology companies and research institutions in the United States, security experts said.