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Archive: June 2009

Genachowski Begins at FCC; Announces Senior Staff

Julius Genachowski was sworn in today as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, beginning a tenure that is expected to bring more attention to new mobile and Internet technologies. Genachowski also announced his key staff, stressing the private and public sector experience they will bring to the agency. Genachowski has...

By Cecilia Kang | June 29, 2009; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

ZeniMax Media Acquires Id Software

ZeniMax Media, the Rockville-based parent company of videogame publisher Bethesda Softworks, announced today that it has acquired game development studio Id Software. Id is famous among gamers as the Texas-based studio behind bestselling action videogame franchises like Doom and Quake. Bethesda Softworks, meanwhile, is known for games such as last...

By Mike Musgrove | June 24, 2009; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

IPhone 3.0 Software: It's Here, Finally.

Update: Oh yeah. I am stuck in emergency mode once again, courtesy of the 3.0 update. Seems like some of you below are stuck there, too. Personally, I tried calling Apple support and here's what they told me: My 3.0 update probably installed fine, but the phone now needs to...

By Mike Musgrove | June 17, 2009; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Twitter Users And The #IranElection

Twitter appears to be turning green today, for some users anyway, as many regulars on the microblogging site are changing their user icons to a new hue to mark their support of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi and Iran's protesters As Iran's election drama plays out this week, supporters...

By Mike Musgrove | June 16, 2009; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

DTV Transition Finally Complete

Yesterday's transition to digital television went fairly smoothly with only a few minor glitches, federal officials said, although there is an unknown number of viewers who may still need help tuning into the new broadcast signals. Throughout the day Friday, 971 full-power stations dropped their analog broadcasts, forcing consumers to...

By Kim Hart | June 13, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Tip For Summer Vacationers: Careful With Those Twitters

Well, it had to happen sometime. An Arizona man's house was recently robbed, and he suspects that his Twitter and Facebook habits might be to blame for how his home's burglars found out that he would be away on a vacation. Check out the story here. "It's not that these...

By Mike Musgrove | June 11, 2009; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Levin Returns to FCC; Helps Lead National Broadband Plan

Telecom analyst Blair Levin, a technology adviser for President Obama during his presidential campaign and transition, will be heading to the Federal Communications Commission to help coordinate the agency's national broadband plan. The FCC made the announcement in a release today. Levin, a managing director at Stifel Nicolaus, is a...

By Cecilia Kang | June 5, 2009; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Jobs On Track For A Return To Apple?

When Apple chief executive Steve Jobs went on medical leave in January, he promised that he'd be back in five months. According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources, Jobs is on track to soon return to the company he founded. Whether Jobs returns in...

By Mike Musgrove | June 5, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New Domain Names In The Future? Call It a Definite.maybe

The non-profit corporation responsible for overseeing the Web's domain-naming rules came to the Hill today, partly to push forward an agenda that it's time to expand the type of Web addresses beyond the familiar ".com" and ".org." But don't expect to be able to register "" as a Web address...

By Mike Musgrove | June 4, 2009; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Obama Nominates McDowell for Second FCC Term

President Obama today nominated Robert McDowell, a Republican commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, to serve another term at the watchdog agency. The nomination leaves one remaining open seat at the FCC, which is expected to be filled by former Commerce Department official Meredith Atwell Baker, a Republican. The Senate...

By Cecilia Kang | June 2, 2009; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

My DTV Debacle

Two months ago, my husband and I got rid of our subscription to satellite television service. We weren't watching it enough to justify the $75 a month fee, and it was a good way to cut down on our monthly expenses. So instead we took advantage of a sale and...

By Kim Hart | June 2, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Hearings for Obama's FCC Pick Expected This Month

A senate confirmation hearing for President Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission is expected to occur by the middle of this month as it appeared Republican leaders in the Senate have agreed on their picks for two spots in the five-commission agency, according to sources close to the...

By Cecilia Kang | June 1, 2009; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

21st Century Statecraft

The phrase was used frequently today by Alec Ross, a senior advisor on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to describe new tools for diplomacy. Ross said the government needs to go beyond talking about just how governments engage with other governments. Governments need to engage with people,...

By Kim Hart | June 1, 2009; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (9)


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