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Nov 23, 2011

House panel to meet on spectrum bill December 1

By Jasmin Melvin

(Reuters) – A bill to create a wireless network for public safety and make more airwaves available to bandwidth-hungry communications companies, will be considered by a House of Representatives committee next week.

The communications subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a December 1 meeting on the legislation that is partly aimed at meeting the booming demand for mobile devices.

Nov 23, 2011

FCC chief seeks added review of AT&T/T-Mobile deal

By Jasmin Melvin

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc was dealt a blow on Tuesday as the top U.S. communications regulator sought to have its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA sent to an administrative law judge for review.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a draft order to his fellow commissioners, citing FCC staff findings that the deal would significantly diminish competition and lead to massive job losses.

Nov 22, 2011

FCC seeks judicial review of AT&T/T-Mobile deal

By Jasmin Melvin

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc was dealt a blow on Tuesday as the top U.S. communications regulator sought to have its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA sent to an administrative law judge for review.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a draft order to his fellow commissioners, citing FCC staff findings that the deal would significantly diminish competition and lead to massive job losses.

Nov 19, 2011

U.S. says unable to confirm capture of Gaddafi son

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has not independently confirmed reports that Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, has been captured, a State Department official said on Saturday.

“We have seen the reports but cannot independently confirm them,” the official said.

Nov 17, 2011
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Congress plans Facebook “hackathon” to boost engagement with public

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Top legislators on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Thursday they will work with Facebook engineers and independent developers to make it easier for the public to engage with lawmakers and follow the legislative process.

The first-ever Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon will take place Dec. 7 at the Capitol, bringing together lawmakers, academics and developers to find ways to make Congress more transparent and accessible.

Nov 17, 2011

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Inc warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that proposed legislation to crack down on foreign websites selling pirated U.S. movies, music or other counterfeit goods goes too far and could depress investment.

The legislation has pit Internet giants, consumer groups and first amendment advocates against the U.S. copyright industries, including Hollywood studios and record labels, who have long argued for tougher protection.

Nov 17, 2011

Google argues against U.S. online piracy bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Google Inc warned
U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that proposed legislation to crack
down on foreign websites selling pirated U.S. movies, music or
other counterfeit goods goes too far and could depress
investment.

The legislation has pit Internet giants, consumer groups
and first amendment advocates against the U.S. copyright
industries, including Hollywood studios and record labels, who
have long argued for tougher protection.

Nov 10, 2011
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Microsoft’s Kinect eyes path beyond gaming, into other industries

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As Microsoft Corp’s Xbox gaming console nears its 10th anniversay, the company said its future may lie beyond gaming.

“That’s still the core of what we do, but if you think of the next 10 years of our business, it’s all the new opportunities and possibilities that Kinect is opening us up to,” Craig Cincotta, director of communications for Xbox, told Reuters.

Nov 10, 2011

US Senate defeats effort to block Internet rules

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – New U.S. Internet traffic
rules cleared a hurdle on Thursday, surviving an attempt by the
U.S. Senate to block them from taking effect later in the
month.

President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in the Senate
blocked a Republican-backed resolution to disapprove of the
Federal Communications Commission’s rules on “net neutrality.”
The vote was 52-46 against the resolution.

Nov 9, 2011

Obama pledges to protect ‘net neutrality’ rules

Nov 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pledged to veto a
congressional measure that would overturn new U.S. Internet
traffic rules, his staff tweeted to his Twitter account on
Wednesday.

Adopted by a divided Federal Communications Commission last
December, the Internet rules forbid broadband providers from
blocking legal content while leaving flexibility for providers
to manage their networks.

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      "After graduating from Howard University, Jasmin joined Reuters as an intern in the summer of 2008. She was hired after that summer as a news assistant in the Washington, DC bureau, covering energy, agriculture, commodities and economic indicators. She now reports on the FCC, telecom issues, the technology industry's influence in Washington and other policy stories. Follow her on Twitter @jasminmelvin"
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