Monthly Archives: May 2010

Congress Changing Direction to Get Around Internet Court Order

A Federal Court ruled that the FCC couldn’t implement the Federal Government’s latest version of the “Fairness Doctrine” by extending it to the Internet, so the FCC said they’d do it anyway by declaring the Internet a public utility.

Now Congress has decided that they’ll rewrite the Telecommunications law again saying that it’s necessary because the current legislation barely mentions the Internet.

Stand-by for sweeping changes to the Internet as we’ve known it.  Looks like Government in the US is going to start looking more like China with big changes to how the FCC and another new agency regulate content, etc.

Congress to Review Telecommunications Law

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Struggling Internet pioneer AOL turns 25

America Online was the Internet for millions of Americans for a decade.  They had some of the best tools, browers and worked well over dialup phone lines, but they’ve lost their lead and almost gone out of business.  But they’ve got a plan…

Struggling Internet pioneer AOL turns 25

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook fixing privacy tools

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There have been some amazing marketing opportunities on Facebook.  The biggest marketers in the world have been able to get bulk information on 500 million Facebook users, but some of those users have been getting upset.

Looks like Facebook is going to be changing their policies and making it friendlier to people who’d like to keep their information a little more private.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook fixing privacy tools

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Protests widen over Google’s Wi-Fi data harvesting – USATODAY.com

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Turns out that those cars Google had driving around taking video and pictures of our homes, offices and streets was also grabbing information from our Wifi networks.  They’ve apparently been carrying on a practice I’ve talked about before, called “war driving” which is illegal in many jurisdictions.  It looks like data from people’s networks around the world was captured and stored.

What’s next?

Protests widen over Google’s Wi-Fi data harvesting – USATODAY.com.

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