Archive for February, 2011

Reps. Barton, Markey Keep Watchful Eye On Facebook Privacy Settings

Congress, Privacy February 28th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 28, 2011 – Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Edward Markey (D-MA), Co-Chairmen of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, shared Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s response to a letter they wrote to him on February 2, 2011, questioning a particular privacy feature on Facebook that would potentially share mobile numbers and home addresses with websites and third party-applications.

Analysis: Despite New Entrants, Netflix-CBS Deal Secures Spot At The Top

Broadband's Impact, Media February 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2011 – Amazon’s new movie streaming service represents a first step into the market but it will be a while before it – or any other new entrant to the sector – challenges Nexflix at the top of the heap.

This week through its Prime subscription service, Amazon offered free streaming movies and television shows to its subscribers. Amazon will offer more than 5,000 movies and shows that subscribers can access through their computers, compatible Blu-ray players or set top boxes that Amazon has begun to feature on its website. This move represents Amazon’s entry into the new and unstructured online video market.

Netflix To Begin Streaming CBS Shows

Broadband's Impact, Media February 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 24, 2011 – The online video service, Netflix, and television network, CBS, announced a deal Tuesday that will bring selected CBS shows to Netflix’ online video library by April of this year.

Broadband Map Tops 150 Million Hits In First Day

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, FCC February 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON February 23, 2011 – The Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband map website received more than 150 million hits and more than 1,000 requests per second in its first day live, according to usage data released Friday by the agency.

Court Orders Internet Rebroadcaster ivi To Halt Service

Copyright, Media, Media ownership February 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 23, 2011 – A federal judge ordered Internet video provider ivi TV to cease rebroadcasting by on Monday, after concluding the provider did not fall under the protection of the Copyright Act.

Illinois and the National Broadband Map… Make That a Mashup!

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, NTIA February 23rd, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, February 21, 2011 – President Abraham Lincoln began his political career here with a passionate interest in infrastructure improvements.

America knows President Lincoln today because his belief in equal opportunity. What connects that which we know about Lincoln and that which brought him into public life?

Broadband Breakfast Club Discusses How To Bring More Handsets to More Wireless Carriers

Broadband TV, Wireless February 22nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2011 – After Apple recently broke its exclusivity agreement with AT&T and brought the iPhone to Verizon, our panel discusses whether consumers suffer from a lack of choice in handsets between carriers what effects that may have on the wireless marketplace. Additionally, the panel explores the implications of exclusivity agreements on the consumer and the law and debates the future of these agreements.

Motion Picture Association Tries To “Unfriend” Google In Court Fight Over Digital Copyright Law

Copyright February 21st, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, February 21, 2011 — Movie industry lawyers told an appeals court late last week that it should ignore an attempt by Google to get involved in an appeal of a case that they won — even if Google is ostensibly on their side.

House IP Chairman on COICA: “We Don’t Want To Be Egypt.”

Copyright, Intellectual Property February 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2011 — The lead lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding intellectual property issues says that he and his colleagues need to be extremely wary of giving the federal government too much unfettered power when it comes to seizing the domain names of web sites that are suspected of promoting online piracy.

USPTO Names Teresa Stanek Rea As Deputy Director

Intellectual Property, People February 18th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2010 — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Thursday appointed biotech and pharma lawyer Teresa Stanek Rea as deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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