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Archive: August 2008

Bohigian, close adviser to Chair, leaves FCC

Could this be the start of a change in guard at the Federal Communications Commission? Catherine Bohigian, chief of the office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, announced Friday that she is leaving the agency Sept. 5 to join Cablevision Systems Corp. The office is charged with advising FCC chairman,...

By Cecilia Kang | August 29, 2008; 4:46 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

EA To Give Gamers a Virtual Crack at Real-World Sports Stars

Game publisher Electronic Arts and Gillette announced today that they have teamed up, with Tiger Woods, to sponsor a videogame tournament that will let the winners play sport-themed videogames against real-world sports stars. That's right: If you're good enough at Tiger Woods (the EA-published videogame), you'll get a chance to...

By Mike Musgrove | August 28, 2008; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Sprint Adds Location-based Apps to WiMax in Baltimore

Imagine walking down a Baltimore street and by using your WiMax-enabled Sprint phone, you are told a mile down on the left, you can get find your favorite Five Guys burger. But you may need to go down a different street to get there because roads are blocked by police...

By Cecilia Kang | August 28, 2008; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Social Media Group Acquisition Called Off

A month ago, Livingston Communications, a local PR firm that focuses on social media, announced plans to be acquired by the Social Media Group in Toronto. Today, the two companies said, via their blogs, that the acquisition has been called off. Geoff Livingston said in a short video clip that...

By Kim Hart | August 27, 2008; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Facebook Says It Has Contained Malware Threat

Facebook says that it has put the brakes on the spread of a malicious software attack that was trying to propagate itself via the popular social networking site. In an e-mail sent last night, Facebook's director of communications, Brandee Barker, wrote: "The safety and security of our users is a...

By Mike Musgrove | August 26, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Accidental Ad Blocker

Privacy advocates think the next version of Internet Explorer, the program that connects most of us to the Web, is a step in the right direction. Advertisers? Well, they're not so sure. The advertising industry is bracing for trouble from the next version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, details of which...

By Peter Whoriskey | August 25, 2008; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (24) | TrackBack (0)

Facebook Reports Malware Attack

Facebook is warning about a couple of scams directed at its users over the last few days. One nasty bit of malicious software attempts to lure users in with messages ranging from "You've been catched on hidden cam" to "Paris Hilton Tosses Dwarf On The Street." The messages contain a...

By Mike Musgrove | August 25, 2008; 4:48 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Advertising Could Give Boost to Flagging Online Travel Agencies

It's the height of summer vacation season, but online travel agencies are seeing a reduction in bookings thanks to the weak economy. Surveys by Forrester and Rand McNally showed that more than a quarter of travelers expect to cut back on their vacation plans this year. And the number of...

By Kim Hart | August 22, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

White House Emails go MIA

Email: We can't live without it, yet we also can't seem to stay organized with it. Archiving email properly is a challenge for just about every corporation and government agency. Email messages, and how they're stored, have become critical to e-discovery in legal cases and network security as more and...

By Kim Hart | August 21, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

In Virtual Worlds, a Sheriff Has Arrived

I wrote a story today about the evolution of justice systems in virtual worlds such as Second Life, Cellufun, VZones and Google's Lively. The main gist: Some virtual worlds are developing more sophisticated codes of law and systems of punishment in order to police residents' activities. Some users applaud the...

By Kim Hart | August 20, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Google Campaigns For White Spaces

Google announced today that it is seeking to develop grass roots support for its "white spaces" campaign at the FCC, its lobbying effort to convert some radio airwaves in order to provide wireless broadband access. The "Free the Airwaves" campaign invites consumers to sign a petition, create their own video...

By Peter Whoriskey | August 18, 2008; 1:27 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

A New Spin on Sharing Copyrighted Content

A company called Digital Containers launched today that wants to change the way content -- specifically, copyrighted content -- is shared over the Web. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm promises to finally let content owners deliver and -- drumroll, please -- actually profit from distributing TV shows, movies and songs...

By Kim Hart | August 13, 2008; 5:14 PM ET | Comments (12) | TrackBack (1)

Some Broadcasters Agree to Extend Signals After Digital Transition

The National Association of Broadcasters said today that its member companies have agreed, on a voluntary basis, to continue to make local broadcast signals available to distribution partners -- cable, satellite and telecom TV operators -- for an extra couple of weeks after the official switch to all-digital TV takes...

By Kim Hart | August 12, 2008; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

DC Area Gets High Marks for Internet Speeds

A state-by-state report released today of Internet connection speeds ranked DC, Virginia and Maryland relatively high on the list. The nationwide median download speed is 2.3 megabits per second. Rhode Island topped the list for the second year in a row at 6.8 mbps, while Internet users wait the longest...

By Kim Hart | August 12, 2008; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Madden 2009: The New Season Begins

The latest Madden goes on sale today. And, as always for the die-hards, a few stores opened their doors just past midnight last night to sell the first pile of copies of the massively popular football video game. At the Rockville GameStop, a dozen or so guys were hanging around...

By Mike Musgrove | August 12, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Verizon, District Reach Deal on FiOS

The District and Verizon Communications have reached an agreement to bring the company's FiOS high-speed Internet service to the city. Eric Richardson, director of D.C. Office of Cable Television, said the agreement requires approval by the mayor's office and the D.C. Council, a process he said could be completed by...

By Mike Musgrove | August 7, 2008; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)


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