Late last year, the mobile phone industry passed a remarkable milestone, one that not so many years ago it didn't even expect to reach: 3 billion mobile phones. There is little doubt that mobile phones are proving incredibly empowering.
Google, owner of the most popular Internet search engine, may have some unlikely allies in defending its proposed partnership with Yahoo!: the very advertisers that critics say may be hurt by the deal.
The loss of Tim Russert comes just as journalists are feeling besieged. Their bosses are slashing staffs, their advertisers are drifting away, and their prerogatives are being challenged by bloggers and YouTubers: a diffuse army of the uncredentialed, uninhibited and--most terrifyingly--unpaid.
Yahoo, Amazon, eBay -- the only three big Internet firms to have survived since the web's earliest days. Even as hundreds of other dotcoms fell by the wayside at the turn of the century, these three made it through the great Internet crisis and have since prospered, to varying degrees and at different times.
A new report, "Journalists Give Workers Business," finds that "the media ignores ordinary workers and instead covers economic issues from the perspective of business." The analysis by David Madland, Director of the Center for American Progress' American Worker Project, looked at newspaper and television coverage of unemployment, minimum wage, trade, and credit card debt issues in 2007 and concluded that "the perspective of workers is largely missing from media coverage, while the views of business are frequently presented."
Conservative fears of an impending Democratic attack on talk radio - dubbed the “Hush Rush” effort in an homage to top-rated radio talker Rush Limbaugh — continue to escalate, despite ample evidence that such an assault is unlikely to occur when (as is likely) Democrats sweep back into power in the forthcoming elections in November.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has released a report addressing the growing concern and critical need for high-speed Internet access among our districts and schools. Although national statistics boast almost 98% connectivity in US schools, the substance and bandwidth of the connection is often problematic and insufficient.
California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and Attorney General Jerry Brown Jr. (D) issued a press release Friday asking Internet service providers in California to follow the lead of Verizon Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint in "removing child pornography from existing servers and blocking channels" that disseminate the illegal material.
French culture and communications minister Christine Albanel has called for greater awareness among broadcasters and parents of the potential dangers of TV aimed at very young children, such as US-based channels Baby TV and BabyFirst.
Submitted: June 20, 2008 - 4:00pm
Last updated: June 22, 2008 - 3:56pm
The House of Representatives has approved legislation that would continue a controversial surveillance program at the U.S. National Security Agency with limited court oversight, while likely ending lawsuits against telecommunications carriers that participated in the program.
In an amendment to the Deficit Reduction Act, the Senate decided to 1) free up "leftover funds" from the DTV-to-analog converter box program to help assist senior citizens minorities and rural viewers in preparing for and making the transition and 2) make funding available to help low-power broadcasters make the switch to digital.
US telephone companies that took part in President George Bush's warrantless domestic spying program could be shielded from billions of dollars in lawsuits under a electronic spy bill finalized on Thursday by congressional and White House negotiators.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed to give Sprint Nextel more time to swap some wireless spectrum frequencies with public safety agencies. Sprint was facing a June 26 deadline to vacate channels that its Nextel wireless network uses in the 800 MHz band.
[Comentary] In the United Kingdom, where there's more broadband available at higher speeds, the debate is about the failure of private companies to invest in facilities upgrades. In the US, the debate is about how and whether to provide incentive for private companies to invest.
Days after the nation's top telecommunications policymaker signaled his approval of a merger between the two satellite radio providers, XM and Sirius, a negative report released yesterday on the future of the companies sent shares of each firm sharply lower.
Apparently, the Federal Communications Commission will rule that Verizon violated privacy laws when it tried to keep phone customers from switching providers. The ruling would uphold a complaint brought by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, and it goes against an earlier staff recommendation that Verizon did not violate any consumer privacy laws.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday granted Sprint Nextel's request to continue operating temporarily on airwaves designated for firefighters and police officers. Sprint has been ordered to relocate to different channels in order to stop interference with communications among public safety agencies.
Submitted: June 20, 2008 - 8:48am
Last updated: June 20, 2008 - 8:49am
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education [Labor-HHS for those of you abbreviating at home] approved the Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations bill that provides funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a $430 million advance appropriation for FY 2011, as well as $40 million for digital conversion and $27 million for the public radio interconnection system for FY 2009.
As the 2008 presidential race heats up, school stakeholders are anxious to hear the candidates' views on public education. For major education and ed-tech advocacy groups, the topic is about more than just a political agenda; it could well determine the success of the United States in the new global economy.
The Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) wants the Federal Communications Commission to take steps to keep TV, including cable and satellite TV, from being a "Trojan horse" for embedded advertising.