07 December 2010

1. Our view on the Internet: ‘Do Not Track’ plan protects privacy on the Wild West Web, USA Today, Editorial Board

For this reason, the Federal Trade Commission, creator of the wildly successful National Do Not Call Registry that prevents telemarketers from disrupting your dinner, has come up with a proposal for a “Do Not Track” system. It would let you opt out of such tracking, probably by enabling a feature on your Web browser. While the proposal raises some technical issues, and much is still unknown about how it would work, it is well worth pursuing.

2. Dark forces gunning for Google, The Telegraph, Milo Yiannopoulos

But a key player in all of this that you might not have heard of is the Brussels-based “Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace”, or ICOMP, which has been lobbying for an antitrust investigation. ICOMP is a organisation whose sole purpose appears to be to attack Google: it was set up to protest against Google’s DoubleClick acquisition and has spent the last few years churning out blog posts slamming the search giant and approaching journalists out of the blue with carefully primed stories. Why does this matter? Because ICOMP is almost entirely funded – and not always wholly transparently – by Microsoft, one of Google’s main competitors in search.

3. Android’s Architect Talks Profitability and Success, New York Times Bit Blog, Jenna Wrotham

The secret to the success of Android, Google’s mobile operating system? Its newness, said Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google and the chief architect behind Android.

4. Obama emphasizes technology in N.C. visit, McClatchy Newspapers, Rob Christensen

President Barack Obama downplayed politics Monday in a visit to North Carolina, emphasizing the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together and testing talking points for his re-election campaign.

5. FCC net neutrality plan gets picked apart from all sides, Washington Post, Cecilia Kang

A net neutrality regulation proposed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is getting picked apart from many sides. Verizon Wireless’ chief executive Daniel Mead met on Friday with Chairman Julius Genachowski his staff and argued that the broadband market doesn’t need new rules. A public interest group and a coalition representing tech giants Google and Skype also met with FCC officials Friday to urge that the rules apply equally to wireless and fixed-wire broadband networks and that they clearly state priority delivery of content won’t be tolerated.

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