06 December 2010

1. An iPad in the House, Politico, Patrick Gavin

If you were watching C-SPAN on Tuesday, your eyes weren’t deceiving you: That really was an iPad on the speaker’s podium in the House of Representatives. The owner was Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democratic congressman from Texas and an admitted tech-geek.

2. In Online Privacy Plan, the Opt-Out Question Looms, New York Times, Tanzina Vega and Verne Kopytoff

The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed privacy mechanism could cause a major shift in the online advertising industry, as companies that have relied on consumers’ browsing history try to make up for what could be billions in lost revenue

3. Zuckerberg Talks Privacy, “The Social Network” on “60 Minutes”, Mashable, Christina Warren

Earlier this evening, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a return appearance on the news program 60 Minutes. Zuckerberg showed off Facebook’s new profile pages and talked about the evolution of the platform and company. Zuckerberg was first interviewed by 60 Minutes in January of 2008. Since that time, the profile of the company — and its CEO — have exploded.

4. Boucher Still Mulling Next Move, Reflects On Past, National Journal, Eliza Krigman

Defeated over the midterm elections, the widely respected lawmaker, Rick Boucher, D-Va., said he is likely to pursue a career in telecommunications after he leaves Congress, but in what capacity has not been decided.

5. Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed, Huffington Post

For the tech community, net neutrality is the byword for a free and open Internet. So the Federal Communication Committee’s announcement that they would introduce regulations to protect net neutrality came as a welcome relief.

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