02 December 2010

1. FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Sparks Firestorm, National Journal, David Hatch and Eliza Krigman

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday he has scheduled a December 21 vote on a new regulatory initiative designed to preserve the openness that has been the Internet’s hallmark since its inception, National Journal reported.

2. Opinion: U.S. can’t advocate open Internet abroad while denying it at home, San Jose Mercury News, Ed Black

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski should be applauded for his announcement Wednesday that he would proceed on open Internet rules and for recognizing that “no central authority, public or private” should be a gatekeeper to the Internet. Unfortunately, his earlier plan more strongly protected Internet access.

3. Microsoft Lashes at Google GSA Cloud Contract, eWeek, Nicholas Kolakowski

Microsoft lashed back at news that rival Google will provide Gmail and Google Apps to General Services Administration employees. Microsoft is reacting strongly to news that rival Google had locked down a contract to provide Gmail and Google Apps to the General Services Administration.

4. Amazon cuts off WikiLeaks, CNET, Lance Whitney

WikiLeaks no longer has a home at Amazon. The controversial site, which has roused the ire of the U.S. government for leaking classified information, is no longer being hosted by Amazon’s Web servers as of yesterday.

5. Pontiflex Inc. Tops Lead411’s Technology 500 List, San Francisco Chronicle

Lead411 announced today the final rankings of its Technology 500 list of the fastest growing tech companies in the US. Pontiflex Inc, the industry’s leading e-mail and social acquisition platform, topped the list, thanks in part to its astronomical revenue growth, which reached $6 million in 2009, and projected to hit $15 million in 2010.

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