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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 12/22/2010

The Circuit: net neutrality -- the morning after; Verizon and Motorola go 4G; women in tech

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: Everyone's weighing in on the Federal Communications Commission's vote to approve net neutrality rules on Tuesday. While President Obama and others hailed the move as an important step in preserving open access, the criticism started flowing almost as soon as the vote was announced.

Ars Technica came out swinging with "Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules—even NN supporters." The post points out that some of the rules' strongest critics are net neutrality backers such as the New America Foundation, the ACLU, Free Press and the Future of Music Coalition, all of whom say the rules were a cop-out and have too many loopholes.

In the Wall Street Journal, columnist John Fund says the vote is a coup by left-leaning lobbyists. He says he counted the citations from the FCC's National Broadband plan and noted there were far fewer nods from "respected think tanks" such as the Brookings Institution, as opposed to "liberal groups" such as Free Press, Public Knowledge, Pew and the New America Foundation.

MSNBC has its own breakdown of winners and losers from yesterday's vote, though it refrains from opining on what the bottom line is for the American public.

If you're feeling nostalgic, GigaOm has a timeline on "How We Got Here," with a quick historical summary of net neutrality issues.

Check out Post Tech's chat with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who says the new net neutrality rules should have gone further. And read The Post's Rob Pegoraro's take on the "half-measure."

Lobbyists influence?: One of the louder complaints about the vote comes from Endgadget, which published a story Tuesday night that took issue with a name-dropping line from an FCC press release on wireless broadband regulations.

The press release stated that it is appropriate to take "measured steps" on wireless broadband as the industry develops its own ways of dealing with the openness requirement the FCC imposed in July. But it specifically cites the openness of the Android operating system and Verizon in its reasoning.

Verizon, Motorola go 4G: Finally, signs of gadgets for 4G. In an interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon and Motorola announced they will team up to produce a 4G smartphone. The news is important for Motorola, whose investors are concerned about what effect Verizon's rumored iPhone deal could have on Motorola smartphones.

Massachusetts privacy law: According to the blog Threat Post, the Massachusetts attorney general has received notice of a possible privacy breach that affects over 1,800 of the state's residents.

Amie Breton, deputy press secretary for AG Martha Coakley, said that Twin America LLC, which owns the sightseeing company CitySightsNY, discovered a breach in its database that leaked the financial data of 1,850 state residents and 110,000 customers. The company's attorney notified the attorney general in a letter on Dec. 9.

This could be the first test case for the state's strict privacy law, which took effect in March.

Tech Glass Ceiling: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made some waves with her TED Talk on why there are so few women leaders in tech. Check it out at Mashable.

For the quick study, these were Sandberg's talking points:


  • Sit at the table: Be more assertive.

  • Make your partner a real partner: If you're married, make sure it's equal.

  • Don’t leave before you leave: Always move forward and think ahead.

A tech winner for 2011?: ReadWriteWeb has released its pick for the hot new company in 2011 -- a geolocation firm called SmartGeo. Building off the success of location-based apps such as Foursquare, SmartGeo provides information on geolocation infrastructure to companies who want to use check-in functions for their own products.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 22, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T, FCC, Facebook, Media, Net Neutrality, Online Video, Social media, Tech for Development  
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