01 December 2010

1. FCC to move on net neutrality, Politico, Kim Hart

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving forward with a net neutrality order at the agency’s December meeting, setting the stage for a likely fight over the contentious web rules on Capitol Hill.

2. Hutchison pans net-neutrality proposal, The Hill, Sara Jerome

Echoing the statements of House Republicans, Senate Commerce ranking member Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) urged the FCC on Wednesday to drop its net neutrality efforts. She said if the FCC moves forward, she will explore “all options available” to keep it from implementing the regulations.

3. EU investigates Google, The Inquirer, Nick Farrell

The European Commission said in a press release that it had opened a formal inquiry into Google following claims of unfavourable treatment from rival search engine companies. The Commission will investigate whether Google has abused a dominant market position in online search by allegedly lowering the ranking of unpaid search results of competing services, which provide price comparisons.

4. Apple takes on Nokia at trade commission, Susan Decker, Bloomberg

Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.’s iPhone one of the best-selling smart phones on the market with its touch-screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications. Now he’s adding lawyers to the mix. Apple is squaring off this week against Nokia Oyj, the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, before the International Trade Commission. The dispute, in which each side alleges intellectual property violations, is also a precursor to Apple patent battles with Motorola Inc. and HTC Corp.

5. Okay, Google, Here’s How To Avoid Destroying Groupon, San Francisco Chronicle, Henry Blodget

Google has reportedly offered to buy Groupon for $6 billion, and Groupon’s board is meeting today to accept discuss the offer. So it seems like a done deal. And that’s great for Groupon. And it’s possibly good for Google, for whom $6 billion of cash is basically couch change. But only if Google avoids screwing Groupon up. And that’s actually a tall challenge, given that Groupon is all about sales and marketing and improv-comedy writers, and Google is all about engineering. One thing seems certain: If Google tries to Google-ize Groupon, the result will be a disaster.

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