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Grooveshark for iPhone, TweetDeck for Android, Social Search Tools
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Grooveshark has reportedly now become available in Apple’s App store after a long struggle to get it there. This is an app that lets you search for songs, and stream them on demand . Unsurprisingly, it faces legal battles, but it has already settled some. The app has been available on Android.

TweetDeck announced today that TweetDeck on Android (beta) is now officially available.

Where Facebook Stands on the Net Neutrality Debate
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Google and Verizon have the tech web talking a lot with their controversial net neutrality proposal. One of the biggest criticisms about it is how wireless is treated differently than the non-wireless Internet.

Coming Soon: More Amazon Hardware Products, Facebook Check-Ins?
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According to the New York Times, Amazon is looking into building more hardware products beyond the Kindle, citing "people with direct knowledge of the company’s plans". These products would be aimed at making it easier to purchase Amazon content, such as ebooks, music, and/or movie rentals.

Google/Verizon “Open Internet” Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews
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Update: Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg added some commentary in a Washington Post article today.

Original Article: Today Google and Verizon held a joint press conference, and issued a joint policy proposal for an Open Internet, as they say. The companies appear to be promoting an Open Internet indeed, but there remains a great deal of skepticism about the policy proposal. Really, could it have gone any other way?

Google and Verizon: NYT “Wrong” About That Google Verizon Deal
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Update 2: Verizon adds, "The NYT article regarding conversations between Google and Verizon is mistaken.  It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose.

FCC Loses Net Neutrality Battle Against Comcast
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News broke today that the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC in a net neutrality case vs Comcast. The FCC had previously ordered Comcast to cease treating web traffic for different customers differently (which they had apparently done to slow down connections for users heavily engaged in bittorrent use).

Spanish Telecom May Seek To Charge Search Engines
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The CEO of Spanish telecom company Telefonica might soon try to obtain some money from Google and its rivals.  Cesar Alierta said today that search engines’ popularity creates something of a burden for his organization, and that he’d like Telefonica to share in their profits.

Google Talks Open Internet Goals, Files FCC Submission
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Google filed a submission on its own and one jointly with Verizon to the FCC for its proposed rulemaking docket. Google says its goal is "to keep the Internet awesome for everybody."

Internet’s Possible Future in the US Gets Ready to Be Decided
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Update: The meeting ended and the rule making process will move forward after a unanimous vote. The rules say a provider of broadband Internet access service:

Google, Facebook and Twitter Address Net Neutrality

The Open Internet Coalition , which is a group of consumers, grassroots organizations, and businesses "promoting consumer choice and economic growth through an open Internet," has sent an open letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, supporting open Internet rules.

The coalition itself includes a large list of well-known web companies and sites. Companies with founders and CEOs signing the letter include:

FCC’s Net Neutrality Site Gets a Blog

Last month when FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech on Net Neutrality, the FCC also launched OpenInternet.gov. The site is described as the following:

FCC Proposes Net Neutrality Protection Plan
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This morning FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech, detailing a proposal for keeping the Internet open for access to consumers, and protecting net neutrality. The proposal would prevent ISPs from discriminating against certain services, apps, or viewpoints on the web. It would also require those ISPs to be transparent about their network management practices.

Google Solicits National Broadband Plan Ideas
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It’s probably not much of a stretch to suggest that the average WebProNews reader spends more than half of his waking hours in front of a computer.  The National Broadband Plan is liable to affect you, then, and if you’d like to shape it, Google’s giving you a chance.

Here’s a quick refresher before we get to the new development: the National Broadband Plan is something the FCC is supposed to submit to Congress by February of next year.  The goal of the Plan is to make high-speed Internet access more common in the U.S.

Democrats Letting Net Neutrality Die
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Here was what was supposed to happen: With telco-friendly Republican Congress members swept out of the way, Democrats would usher in legislation enshrining Network Neutrality principles and give the FCC the power to enforce them.

Here’s what happened (is happening) instead: The most powerful Net Neutrality supporters (Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton) are kicked upstairs while cable-and-Hollywood-friendly Democrats are killing Network Neutrality legislation in committees.

AT&T Versus The Future
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If consumers and competition win, there will eventually be no dividing line between your phones (mobile and home line), your computer, your Internet access, and your TV. Ideally, it all merges into one, consumers have a choice of providers of all those services, and the providers do nothing but provide access. You can attach whatever you like that doesn’t harm the network. You can download anything legal. You can use whichever service available.

EU Study Disputes Market’s Ability To Enforce Net Neutrality

A study sponsored by Dailymotion, eBay, Skype, and Google and YouTube of European Internet users showed that 91 percent expect their ISPs not to block or limit their Internet service and that all legitimate websites and applications receive similar treatment.
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Experts Predict Doom For New Walled Gardens
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Wired.com loudly reminded everyone a little over a week ago about ESPN’s deal with specific ISPs to license ESPN360 content.

ESPN360 Ushers In Cable-ization Of The Internet
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Imagine a world where you want to watch videos on, say, Hulu.com, but you are unable to because Hulu has an exclusive deal with TimeWarner. If you want Hulu, and a premium package of websites that includes the New York Times, Yahoo, and iTunes, you can only find them on TimeWarner.

Google Unveils M-Lab To Monitor ISPs
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Get ready for ISPs to become less than pleased with Google.  The search giant, together with the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, and various academic researchers, has introduced something designed to monitor Internet service providers for iffy behavior.

Verizon Offers Direct Access To Backbone
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Online video producers may be happy to learn that Verizon is offering direct regional access to its network. A more direct content delivery network means producers can skip the sometimes cumbersome peering arrangements that slow down online video and pump content directly onto Verizon’s Internet backbone network.

Verizon says its Partner Port Program results in a faster, more responsive connection to Verizon’s backbone network for less money.

Net Neutrality A Likely Reality In 2009
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Once the election smoke has cleared, Congress appears poised to pass Network Neutrality legislation. With promises from the Obama campaign about upholding neutrality principles, any remaining FCC opposition will be left standing out on a weak limb.