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+ - FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction-> 1

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vthokie69
vthokie69 writes "The FCC is expected to rule tomorrow regarding the open access requirement proposal for the upcoming radio spectrum auction. Lobbying has been intense on both sides of the issue with Google proposing requirements of open access and the conventional carriers such as AT&T and Verizon lobbying against it. The open access requirement looks promising with the FCC chairman and many members of congress supporting it. Apparently, AT&T reversed their position to support the FCC chairman's position after Google committed to spending at least 4.6 billion on the airwaves if their conditions were met."
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Security

+ - Controversial database could get axed

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "As data gathering controversies go, this one is a doozy. This week the Pentagon's intelligence undersecretary recommended the Defense Department shut down its controversial TALON classified database that has been widely criticized for improperly collecting information on citizens and anti-war groups. The Air Force developed TALON, or the Threat and Local Observation Notice system in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a way to gather data on possible terrorist threats. But the database hasn't always been used properly. Anti-war groups and other organizations, protested after it was revealed last year that the military had monitored anti-war activities, organizations and individuals who attended peace rallies. http://www.networkworld.com/community3/?q=node/146 17"
Microsoft

+ - Vista, Office Revenues Inflated By Accountants

Submitted by Overly Critical Guy
Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "It turns out Microsoft's previously reported quarter numbers are inflated due to deterred revenues from last quarter. Without the deferred revenue, Microsoft's revenue growth would have been 17%, in line with past growth. Though revenue from last quarter was held back "for accounting reasons," one effect is to make Vista and Office revenues look more impressive."
The Internet

+ - Comcast Weans Hogs Off Their Packet Teat

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "The telecommunications giant Comcast has severed its services to internet hogs who use more bandwidth than others. From the article, "Carreiro said he received a message from a Comcast Security Assurance representative in December, who warned him that he was hogging too much of the company's bandwidth and needed to cut down. When Carreiro contacted customer service about the call, they had no idea what he was talking about and suggested it was a prank phone call. Unconvinced, Carreiro contacted Comcast several more times, but was again told there was no problem. A month later, he woke up to a dead Internet connection. Customer service directed him to the Security Assurance division, which Carreiro said informed him he would now be without service for one year." This is quite alarming to me, considering that I am forced into using a particular ISP based on some deal my neighborhood made many years before I moved here."

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