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Archive: February 2009

Facebook Creating Council of Users

An hour after Facebook announced its plans to let users participate in any changes made to the site's terms of service, I met with Facebook's chief privacy officer Chris Kelly for a short conversation. He gave me a few more details about how the process would work, but it sounds...

By Kim Hart | February 26, 2009; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Facebook Says Users Will Have Say in Terms of Service Changes

To regain the trust of Facebook users, chief executive Mark Zuckerburg said today that the social network would let users have a say in any changes to the site's terms of service in the future. If Facebook considers making a change to the terms of service that governs how user...

By Kim Hart | February 26, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Obama Tech Adviser Says More to Come on Broadband Push

A tech adviser to President Obama said today that $7.2 billion in stimulus funds to bring broadband lines to rural areas is just the start of the administration's plan to bring high-speed Internet to the entire nation. Alec Ross, a member of Obama's Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Team, said...

By Cecilia Kang | February 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Obama Adviser Says Genachowski To Head FCC

Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue. David Axelrod, President Obama's senior adviser, this weekend gave about as official a confirmation we've heard yet of Julius Genachowski's nomination to head the Federal Communications Commission. In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Axelrod was asked about the...

By Cecilia Kang | February 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

FCC Says Some Stations Can't Switch Feb. 17

Earlier this week, nearly 500 TV stations told the Federal Communications Commission they intended to go ahead and switch to digital broadcasts on Feb. 17, the deadline they had been planning on for three years. When Congress delayed the deadline to June 12, the FCC said it reserved the right...

By Kim Hart | February 12, 2009; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Google Investor Sits on Obama's Econ Advisory Board

President Barack Obama's newly formed economic advisory board includes some high-tech heavyweights who will have a direct line of communication to the new administration as it races to stem the worsening economic crisis. The members include Silicon Valley venture capital veteran and Google funder John Doerr, and Chuck Phillips, president...

By Cecilia Kang | February 6, 2009; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

House Poised to Vote on DTV Delay Bill

Tomorrow the House will have another chance to delay the transition to digital television by four months. Last week the Senate first passed a bill to postpone the switch from Feb. 17 to June 12. Two days later, House Republicans blocked the bill from getting the two-thirds majority needed to...

By Kim Hart | February 3, 2009; 8:12 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

New Face at NTIA to Oversee DTV Switch

We've written a lot about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration lately. It's the arm of the Commerce Department that is in charge of running the program to distribute coupons for digital television converter boxes so TV watchers can prepare for broadcasters' transition to digital TV. The program ran into...

By Kim Hart | February 3, 2009; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Yet Another Wrinkle in the DTV Saga

The day before the House is scheduled to vote on the bill to delay the digital television transition until June 12, a ranking Republican is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a postponement until more light is shed on a potential conflict of interest from a transition team adviser....

By Kim Hart | February 3, 2009; 4:19 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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