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Now that the Summer Games are over, political coverage will become inescapable. Some people are bound to embrace it, though, and these folks should appreciate new offerings from Google Mobile and YouTube.
Last time I saw brain-scrubber propaganda like this was almost 25 years ago when, just a kid, I was terrified by some creepy comics left behind by some men my dad was talking to at the front door. Even at 7 and hungry for comic-anything, I couldn’t imagine why anybody’d want to read stories like that.
Google is helping to set up an 8,000 square-foot headquarters for bloggers attending the Democratic convention in Denver next week and will provide similar services at the Republican convention in September.
Two national studies of political consultants and American voters indicate that candidate Web sites are almost as effective for reaching loyal base voters as network and cable television ads.
Twenty-five percent of political consultants said a candidate’s own Web site was effective for communication with base voters while 26 percent said television and cable ads are useful. Close to half (46%) said the best way to reach base voters is with email, followed by direct mail, events and phone.
The US and Britain go about some things differently; this was as the heart of our little squabble in the 18th Century. It’s not surprising an announcement that a UK ISP will be both music piracy police and provider of subscription music services doesn’t seem to ring many alarms.
A group of conservative activists have launched a Web site to support House Republicans plea to reconvene Congress and vote on an energy bill.
The site called dontgomovement.com was created to support House Republicans who remained in Congress Friday after it adjourned for its August recess. The Republicans are protesting Congress’ failure to vote on an energy bill.
While television remains the primary source for voters to get information on the presidential candidates positions, the Internet is the second most used source with 17.8 percent of voters saying they get their information about election issues online according to a survey from Burst Media.
One-fifth (21.5%) of men say the Internet is their main source on the positions that the presidential candidates have on major election issues. Among men 25-34 years old, 28.6 percent cite the Internet as their primary source of election information.
Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have announced they are close to completing a voluntary code of conduct for doing business in China and other countries that censor the Internet.
Details of the code of conduct have not yet been made public but Senator Dick Durbin (D-Il) was supportive of the companies’ progress. "We must ensure that American companies operating in repressive regimes protect fundamental human rights," Durbin said in a statement.
The broadband network management question has been at the center of the Network Neutrality debate for sometime, but recent scuffles between Comcast and the Federal Communications Commission have brought the issue more scrutiny. Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, weighed in on that issue today, suggesting a new model for dealing with cable capacity issues.
The government of South Korea is working on plans to place more regulations on the Internet in the country.
South Korea is the most wired country in the world and the Internet played a major role in helping ex-Hyundai CEO Lee Myung Bak get elected president. Now the government is considering a Cyber Defamation Law.
"We have to guard against ‘infodemics,’ in which inaccurate, false information is disseminated, prompting social unrest that spreads like an epidemic," Lee told parliament early in July.
It’s official, as far as the FCC is concerned, that Comcast’s throttling of peer-to-peer traffic was illegal and in violation of the FCC’s network neutrality principles. The highly expected ruling came down today, with Chairman Kevin Martin crossing the political aisle to join commissioners Copps and Adelstein, serving Comcast with a cease-and-desist order.
All the big newspapers have an editorial about Net Neutrality today, and the New York Times seems to be the only one running anything on the pro-side. Net Neutrality visionary (he coined the phrase) Tim Wu’s editorial, entitled OPEC 2.0, compares bandwidth to oil—a necessary good tightly controlled by a few powerful entities.
Though Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue, as evidenced by bipartisan support outside of Congress, primary support (but not all of it) for enshrining what is called the Internet’s First Amendment has come from Democratic legislators. Matt Stoller, blogging for Open Left, is proud to tell everyone, then, his campaign to get 16 Democratic Senate challengers in this year’s election season on board for the cause is a success.
Two year’s ago there was a bit of a media frenzy surrounding Goodmail’s apparent arrangement with AOL; if you don’t recall the exact players you might remember national news coverage of the "email postage" scare in spring 2006. Well, Goodmail’s back with a new CEO and a new plan: certifying video email.
Chinese police have arrested a well-known online dissident for violating his terms of probation, as the country seeks to crackdown on critics in the run up to the Olympic Games.
Du Daobin, from the central province of Hebei, received a suspended sentence for what the Chinese government says was subversion in 2004 and was detained by police for posting online essays in support of another dissident.
Rock the Vote and Comcast have partnered on an initiative designed to persuade young Americans, ages 18-29 to register to vote.
The multimedia partnership will include co-branded public service announcements and an Internet campaign on Comcast’s networks including E!, Versus, The Golf Channel, TV One, Comcast SportsNet, PBS Kids and G4.
This weekend, as we fire up the grills and the sparklers (and some pyrotechnic contraband, depending on where you live), we also fan the flames of patriotism and of brotherhood, knowing that despite our differences of opinion in politics, the flames in our bellies are unending and conceived in the spirit of the unity of all voices.
Online shoppers who are residents of the state of Washington will now have to start paying sales tax on purchases made on the Internet.
Starting today Washington joins 18 other states that require some online retailers to collect sales tax. About 1,100 ecommerce retailers have agreed to collect taxes in exchange for the state not going after them for back taxes.
The European Commission has introduced a proposal to reduce the cost of mobile phone calls by lowering the fees carriers charge for using each others networks.
"Disparate termination rates across the EU and large gaps between fixed and mobile termination rates are serious barriers to achieving a Single European Telecoms market that benefits competition and consumers. The consumer pays the price for these gaps between national regulatory policies," said Viviane Reding, EU Telecoms Commissioner.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have the power to search, copy contents or seize laptops or mobile devices when travelers re-enter the U.S.
U.S. Senators Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, are calling on the CBP to amend its policy that allows frequent searches of laptops, digital cameras and mobile devices at the borders.
eBay is lobbying the European Parliament over trading laws it calls "last century" that are preventing its customers from potential savings.
The online auction company said that traditional manufacturers are using outdated regulatory laws to restrict the impact of online trading.
Conservative Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds did the unthinkable today: He agreed with a liberal, which is likely against stricter interpretations of The Conservative Thought Bubble Creed (Hannity, Defense Against Liberal Arts, pg. 1). Worse, the liberal is employed by MoveOn.org, with whom agreement is punishable by excommunication and revocation of golf club membership (Limbaugh, chapters 7 and 11, El Rushbo’s Guide To Neo-Conduct).
An increasing number of bloggers are being arrested for criticizing governments and exposing human rights abuse, according to a report from the University of Washington.
Since 2003, 64 citizens have been arrested for expressing their views on a blog. In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006. Over half of the arrests in the last five years were made in China, Egypt and Iran.
In lieu of recent history, parents may one day tell their kids, "President? But why? When you grow up, you could work at Google." With over a million resumes per year, Google can afford to be choosey, and doesn’t like having its talent pool options narrowed.
Google’s employees have a reputation for being left-leaning, but it seems they should be Barack Obama fans regardless of politics. According to a new report, the presidential hopeful spent around $2.85 million on ads with the company in the early part of this year.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) didn’t exactly point fingers and do any name calling, but the results of its broadband penetration study shined like red badge on the US’s broadband shortcomings. When compared to the rest of the world, Uncle Sam comes up short.
The UK government is considering creating a huge database that would hold all the details of emails, phone calls and text messages of it residents in an effort to guard against crime and terrorism
Currently, records of phone calls and text messages are stored up to 12 months by telecom companies in accordance with a EU anti-terrorism directive.
A new Home Office (Interior Ministry) proposal would require Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms to turn over records of emails, Internet usage and voice over Internet calls.
Hamas has ordered Palestinian telecoms to cut off access to pornographic Web sites in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas government official said.
Telecommunications firm Paltel has agreed to restrict Internet users access to adult Web sites, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Communications. "The aim of the move is to protect the Palestinian community from cultural pollution and to protect the young generations from the misuse of the Internet through viewing pornographic sites," Hamas government spokesman Taher al-Nono said.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is using the Downing Street YouTube channel to answers questions from British citizens.
The new initiative called "Ask the PM" will be a regular event according to the prime minister. Participation is limited to UK residents only. Users can submit video questions on any subject and Brown will respond to the questions that receive the most votes at the end of June.
One, among many, things can be said about Google: The company has taken punches from some pretty powerful hitters and has not gone away. The drama that has played out over the years has lived up to its hype and shows no sign of falling curtains. The drama will just get grander actually, as Google encroaches on the territories of more empires.
Congressional Net Neutrality proponents appear to be taking a multi-pronged approach to passing legislation to cement what many call the First Amendment of the Internet, a moniker that may oversimplify it a bit. Two days after Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Internet Freedom and Preservation Act was debated in the House Energy Committee, Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) re-introduce the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act.
China says it can’t promise that it won’t censor the Internet this summer during the Beijing Olympics.
Wang Wei, executive vice president of the Beijing Olympic organizers, had assured the International Olympic Committee that the 30,000 reporters covering the games would have open access to the Internet.
All’s fair in love and war—and politics and business. While greased politicians, like good minions, slam Google for meddling in the 700 MHz auction, Google’s own associations show the company is getting better at playing these high-stakes games.
Chalk one up for razor’s-edge stategery cutting right to the quick of Verizon and AT&T.
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kan, lashed out at the Chinese government today for its plan to install Internet filters on all U.S. owned hotels during the Olympic Games.
A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban the use of mobile voice calls while flying in planes.
The new bill co-sponsored by democrat House Representative Pete DeFazio of Oregon, is called the "Hang Up Act" and would still allow text messaging and Web browsing to be used.
Currently the FCC does not permit in-flight voice calls and has put the issue on hold since March 2007.
Pick a clever intro: Comcast won’t be tarred and feathered willingly; Comcast is taking its ball and going home; Comcast can’t stand the heat and won’t be going near the kitchen; Comcast won’t lie in the bed it’s made; Comcast will just hold its breath till it turns blue.
I like this one:
Comcast to FCC: Screw you guys; I’m going home.
A proposal to tax Internet downloads in the state of California has been defeated by an Assembly panel after strong opposition from companies that do business in Silicon Valley.
The bill sought to reclassify digital downloads as "tangible personal property." It would have required companies doing business in California to charge sales tax to residents who purchased their downloads.
Author of the bill, Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry), plans to seek a reconsideration vote as early as next week.
A new bill called the "Amazon Tax" has been approved by New York Legislators and is now awaiting the approval of New York governor David Patterson.
If Patterson signs the bill into law it will require online retailers, such as Amazon to collect sales tax on items shipped to New York. The bill is estimated to generate $50 million in tax revenue for the state.
Employers in Australia may soon be able to read employees emails without consent under new anti-terror laws being proposed.
The Australian government says the proposal is aimed at preventing a cyber attack on national infrastructure like the stock exchange, electricity grid or transportation system.
The future, probably without the flying cars, the one you see in the movies with holograms, with instant and ubiquitous informational access and unbelievable computer processing capabilities, isn’t too far off. It won’t be built on the current Internet, though. The Internet is totally 20th Century. The red button on the Grid will be pushed this summer, and will change everything—again.
The European Parliament shot down the proposal to ban file sharing by private individuals and dropped the idea to bar copyright abusers from the Internet.
In a close vote, 314 Members of the European Parliament voted to reject an amendment that would have protected copyright on the Internet and 297 voted against throwing out the amendment.
California Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry) wants to impose a sales tax on music and movies downloaded from the Internet in order to ease the states budget shortfall.
Calderon’s proposal would raise the cost of an iTunes download from 99 cents to $1.07. He believes the Board of Equalization should update a 75-year-old law that authorizes sales-tax collections on tangible personal property. Music and movies downloaded off the Internet are not considered tangible goods.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Yahoo may drag on for several months. Most other tech news is centered on Silicon Valley. But developments related to Barack Obama are breaking the mold, as the presidential candidate seems ready to raise $1 million in one minute, and has received what looks like an endorsement from Baidu.
Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev said his country should take a balanced approach when it comes to regulating the Internet.
Critics charge that Russian authorities are trying to impose stricter regulations of the Internet, a popular place for political debate within the country, where the mainstream media kowtows to the Kremlin.
Speaking at a forum about the Internet Medvedev acknowledged what he called "the delicate question of the relationship between freedom of speech and responsibility," on the Web.
In a move that’s either ingenious, scary, or both, Spot Runner has launched a new Political Advertising Program. Political campaigns of every size are supposed to buy preexisting video spots, personalize them, and then put the things on television.
The Indonesian parliament has passed a law that will restrict access to pornographic and violent Web sites.
The country, which has an 85 percent Muslim majority, has been at odds over the subject of pornography the last few years. "I think we all agree there’s no way we can save this nation by spreading pornography, violence and ethnic hostility," Information Minister Mohammad Nuh told reporters.