New online games targeted at kids are increasingly social in nature, places where your children can interact with other children, and they are becoming a central part of the business plans of the people who make TV programs, toys and cereal.
With “Grand Theft Auto IV” in the headlines, Reps. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) have introduced a bill that would require videogame retailers to check identification in order to prevent minors from buying games intended for adults.
China will not guarantee it won't censor the Internet over this summer's Beijing Olympics, nor can it guarantee to stamp out piracy of Olympic-branded goods, officials said on Thursday. Wang Wei, executive vice president of the Beijing Olympic organizers, had promised media would have "complete freedom" to report over the event, but rights groups have regularly criticized China's commitment to that pledge. http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSPEK14583520080508
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will gain the power to limit local, basic phone rates in the state under a bill that passed the Colorado legislature this week. The legislation reauthorizing all the powers of the PUC removes a state law capping base phone rates and instead puts rate limits in the regulatory body's duties.
The race to bring consumers ultrafast wireless Internet service is on. As early as Wednesday, an unlikely alliance of titans from the cable, Internet and chip industries will disclose they are investing $3.2 billion in a company that will deliver Web access for cellphones and laptops at speeds much faster than what is available today using a technology called WiMax.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau introduced a set of guidelines on Monday aimed at bringing more standards to online video advertising -- and ultimately to make the still burgeoning medium easier for advertisers to buy.
House Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) has written Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez concerning the department's relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers (ICANN). The Dingell letter asks Secretary Gutierrez to answer the following questions within two weeks: 1) Does the Dept of Commerce intend to continue its oversight role of ICANN, 2) In what way does the Dept of Commerce intend to continue that role, 3) Does the Dept intend to ensure that the key facilities of the root server system continue to be housed in the United States, and 4) How does the Dept intend to ensure that ICANN fulfill its commitment to remain headquartered in the US. http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_110/110-ltr.050608.DOC.ICANN.pdf
It is very frustrating that we haven't been able to find a way to redirect the USF to focus on the deployment of broadband. Even more frustrating is that it's not like this is one of these issues where the incumbents are fighting any change.
Hard-hitting journalism is nearing extinction on television, and the Federal Communications Commission just threw another shovelful of dirt on its grave when it recently ruled that Rupert Murdoch's broadcast of TMZ and Pat Robertson's 700 Club meet the test for "a bona fide newscast." Bona fide newscast? Here's why the FCC decision matters.
Another Q&A with Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Robert McDowell. He's resisting FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's push to adopt new rules to promote localism in broadcasting. He dissented on the FCC’s enhanced disclosure rules requiring stations to file quarterly reports on their local programming efforts.
House Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) and Rep Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, want to know whether news networks bear any culpability related to a Department of Defense program to recruit ex-military officers to talk up Iraq and other policies on TV, online and elsewhere.
The Bush administration has not found disaster recovery files for White House e-mails from a three-month time period in 2003, according to court documents filed this week, raising the possibility that messages sent before and after the invasion of Iraq may never be recovered.
Hopes for a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations between Hollywood studios and the Screen Actors Guild were dashed Tuesday when contract talks ended on a bitter note, fueling anxiety over the prospect of another strike.
A group of cable operators has asked the FCC to step in and mandate that no TV stations be pulled from cable systems during the months around the February 2009 DTV transition date, even if cable operators and stations can't come to terms on carriage agreements.
The National Association of Broadcasters weighed in Tuesday in support of the FCC's decision to loosen the newspaper/broadcast crossownership rules. Actually, broadcasters, including NAB, don't love the change. In fact they have taken the FCC to court over it because they believe it is not deregulatory enough.
The gloom hanging over the US newspaper industry is distorting an otherwise optimistic mood among the world’s newspaper editors, according to a global survey of newsroom opinion. Only 30 per cent of North American newspaper editors polled by Zogby International believed that the quality of journalism would improve over the next decade, compared to 45.5 per cent in Western Europe and over 60 per cent in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
April showers, of course, bring May flowers. But the first full month of Spring also witnessed the flowering of a number of key telecommunications debates. Just add water and -- presto -- there's some controversy.
As downsizing news outlets endeavor to "do more with less," one might think old-fashioned reporting and analysis would be enough to keep them occupied. But no, the prevailing trend extends beyond that into Carnac the Magnificent territory, prodding pundits to forecast what's to come. Welcome to the age of all the news that's fit to predict.