DAILY FIVE (12/22)

22 December 2010

1. FCC approves Net neutrality rules, Politico, Kim Hart and Tony Romm

The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that will govern how Internet providers treat Web traffic and services, a move that sets the stage for a heated political battle on Capitol Hill come January.

2. The FCC’s Beautiful Net Neutrality Compromise, PC Magazine, Dan Costa

It has been a long time coming, but the FCC finally managed to bring a set of general rules for managing how the Internet can and can’t be used in the U.S. To the right-wing free market corporatists, the mere fact that a government agency could presume to have a say in how a private service like Internet access is sold is heresy. To the left-wing free-Web purists, the fact that these rules are not laws, have loopholes you could drive a truck through, and still allow ISPs to throttle Internet access, is a high crime. In other words, it is a compromise. But I think it is one I can live with, at least for now.

3. House Clears America COMPETES Reauthorization, National Journal, Juliana Gruenwald

The House cleared legislation Tuesday that would reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which authorizes basic research, programs aimed at boosting science, technology, engineering and math education and other measures aimed at promoting U.S. innovation.

4. TSA’s quick embrace of technology prompts questions, Washington Post, Dana Hedgpeth

Before full-body scanners, there were puffers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spent about $30 million on devices that puffed air on travelers to “sniff” them out for explosives residue. Those machines ended up in warehouses, removed from airports, abandoned as impractical.

5. Technology treats for 2011, Telegraph, Hunter Skipworth

Information on the handset remains somewhat patchy with any solid proof of the mobile yet to be revealed by the manufacturer. What currently exists is a series of blurry shots and rumoured specs. The handset is said to be running a yet to be released version of Google’s Android operating system: 3.0 or Honeycomb. A video recently shown on technology website Engadget shows the handset in action but doesn’t feature any footage the actual games being played.

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