The Circuit: AOL layoffs, iPad 2 will keep Apple on top, net neutrality rule invalidated
LEADING THE DAY:AOL is expected to start its round of layoffs this morning, cutting several hundred jobs. Kara Swisher of All Things Digital reported last night that no cuts will be made in the company’s network group or advertising sales unit. The company will reportedly focus its cuts on the editorial and media product departments as well as positions in India.
AOL recently wrapped up its $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post and put HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington in charge of the newly formed AOL news group, called the Huffington Post Media Group. Huffington and AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong signed the acquisition agreement at the Super Bowl.
iPad 2 will keep Apple on top:Reviews of the iPad 2 say that the tablet is going to keep Apple on top of the tablet market for a while. The slimmer, lighter device got excellent reviews from the tech press, though its cameras, a new feature in the second-generation tablet, gave some people pause.
“Let's just put this out there: the iPad 2 cameras are really pretty bad,” wrote the tech site Engadget in an otherwise positive review. Most reviewers said that the tablet was awkward to hold for still photography and video.The iPad 2 faces a slew of competitors, mostly running Google’s Android operating system and these reviews indicate that Apple’s device stays ahead of the pack. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal said that while he’s not sure Apple can keep its 90 percent chunk of the tablet market, the iPad 2 is the best tablet out there.
Subcommittee votes to invalidate net neutrality rule: The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology voted to nullify the Federal Communications Commission rules on net neutrality Wednesday in a 15-to-8 vote along party lines. The bill will now go to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Subcommittee Democrats were quick to respond to the vote. “The Republican resolution places the control of this environment with corporations who have a demonstrated incentive to disrupt it, rather than consumers,” said ranking member Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) in a statement, referring to the Internet’s open environment. “An open environment of consumer choice is inseparable from the Internet as we know it, and our national laws should protect it.”
Subcommittee chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said the regulations thwart the competitive free market and the innovation of the Internet. "We have an open and thriving Internet thanks to our historical hands-off approach,” said Walden in a statement. “The Internet works pretty well; it’s the government that doesn’t."
Facebook, White House fight bullies:Facebook D.C. will be hosting a live conversation from the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention with Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, Domestic Policy Council director Melody Barnes, White House Deputy Senior Adviser Stephanie Cutter, author Rosalind Wiseman and MTV VP of Public Affairs Jason Rzepka. The panel will discuss how best to make the Internet safe and “promote a culture of shared responsibility and strong digital citizenship.” The conversation begins at 12:20 p.m. Eastern time.
LinkedIn may be launching headlines feature:LinkedIn, the social network for professionals is planning to launch a personal news aggregator, according to an item in TechCrunch. Mrinal Desai, a former LinkedIn employee, said he received an e-mail from a email@example.com address from a service called “LinkedIn Headlines,” a digest of the most-shared news on a user’s LinkedIn network. The company recently filed for an initial public offering and has an implied valuation of up to $2.5 billion.
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