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Posted at 8:13 AM ET, 12/16/2010

The Circuit: NTIA privacy report, Comcast stock, Facebook sales

By Hayley Tsukayama

NTIA privacy report: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's report on privacy will be released at 11 a.m., several sources say. For an idea on what the report might contain, check out Post Tech's summary of a previously leaked draft. The administration's policy recommendations come in the middle of a firestorm of privacy talk, just two weeks after the FTC's recommendation on the privacy proposal known as "Do Not Track."

Comcast stock up: Media Post reports that Comcast stock hit a 52-week high after analyst Craig Moffett upgraded the company to a "buy" rating. Moffett raised the target price to $26 from $20, and morning trading had Comcast peaking at a year-high $22.22.

Pew study: The Pew Institute's Generations study is getting a lot of buzz right now, after the release of the study's heat map showing online usage by age. Some interesting finds from the study: social networking sites see the most growth with the baby boomer set; those Gen X or older are the most likely to look up government information online; and the Millenial generation accounts for 30 percent of the total adult population, but 35 percent of adults online.

Another Pew tidbit to mull over, this time from the organization's Twitter study, is that while Twitter users are incredibly diverse, there is very little communication via Twitter among different demographic groups.

Facebook: The good news keeps rolling in for Facebook. Bloomberg reported Thursday morning that the company is likely to reach $2 billion in 2010 sales, far above projections. The social network also announced a new feature for users Wednesday afternoon: tag suggestions using facial recognition software.

U.S. Broadband prices: Ars Technica breaks down a new survey released Wednesday by the Technology Policy Institute. The survey shows U.S. broadband prices holding steady, while they fall in the rest of the world.

Keep waiting for Google Fiber: Although Google planned to announce the winners of its Google Fiber contest by the end of the year, Access Services vice president Milo Medin reported via The Official Google Blog that the company needs more time to select a winner from the 1,100 communities that applied.

Young people and cellphones: Nielson has a new white paper on youth cellphone usage around the world. Cell phone companies take heed: price still beats out style and design when it comes to how young people choose their cell phones, and smartphone users skew male in every country but the United States. The white paper also has some unsurprising news to anyone who knows a teenager -- only 16% of youth surveyed let their parents pick their phone model.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 16, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
Categories:  Broadband, Comcast, FCC, FTC, Facebook, Google, Media, Social media, Twitter  
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This is a good summary. I see the formatting has been adjusted. This is easier to read.

Succinct. Includes links.

I think Comcast and Facebook financial information is on the fringes of tech policy, but I could make an argument for including it.

Posted by: Bob_Dobbs | December 16, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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