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Net Neutrality Bill Dead After Waxman Fails to Get Gop Support

Action on net neutrality legislation in the House has stalled after the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce committee failed to secure the support of the committee's top Republican. “This legislative initiative was predicated on going forward only if we had full bipartisan support in our committee," Chairman Henry Waxman said in a Wednesday statement. ...


Google and Verizon Net Neutrality Plan: Is It the Devil's Work?

This uninspired document has led to an interesting debate about content, wireless, and the future of broadband. I love the irony: The Net Neutrality Debate is a debate in which virtually no one can stay neutral. We're all picking sides. Now that Google and Verizon tried to step in (with a new Legislative Framework Proposal) and ...


Net Neutrality Groups Plan Protest at Google HQ

Several consumer groups are planning a Friday rally in protest of Google's recent net neutrality proposal with Verizon. The event—organized by Civic Action,, Credo Action, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Free Press—is intended to “urge the search-engine giant to live up to its corporate motto: 'Don't Be Evil,'" according to a statement distributed ...


Google Denies That It 'Sold Out' on Net Neutrality

Google on Thursday defended its recent net neutrality proposal with Verizon, denying that it “sold out" or that it teamed up with Verizon to boost its Android platform. The search engine giant also shot down assertions that the proposal is a step backward for the open Internet or that it would entirely eliminate net neutrality for ...


Barry Diller Worries About the 'Internet Tollbooth'

IAC/InterActive Corp., opened Friday morning's session at Fortune Brainstorm Tech by warning that the principle of the open Internet was being attacked by the big telecom providers. Diller called for basic protection to ensure that anyone can publish and anyone can access whatever they'd like on the Internet. Diller said he is concerned that these companies ...


Update: Netflix Profits up as It Shifts into Streaming

Netflix continued to improve, gaining subscribers for the quarter and recording healthy profits and revenue. The percentage of its customers who watched streaming video also skyrocketed, evidence that the company's shift toward streaming is on target. Netflix reported net income of $43.5 million for the second quarter of 2010, on revenue of $519.8 million. Net income ...


Google Buys Green Energy

Google has announced on its blog that the company has entered into a 20-year green Power Purchase Agreement with a windfarm in Iowa. The deal includes 114 megawatts of wind power from the NextEra Energy Resources facility in Story County, Iowa, at a predetermined rate. The power is enough to supply several energy centers for Google. ...


Extrapolating the Apple-Android Showdown: Who's Right?

Google confirmed in an earnings call Thursday that its Android Market now numbers 70,000 apps and counting. That's somewhat close to the same amount that Android statistics tracking site AndroLib touts, with one key difference: According to AndroLib, the total number of downloads for Android-based apps has pushed past the one-billion mark. Just to put that ...


Friendfinder Makes $210m Bid for Playboy

FriendFinder Networks, a social networking site, said Thursday that it had made an unsolicited $210 million bid for Playboy Enterprises. FriendFinder, which includes a personals site as well as a a more adult option, also owns an additional 30,000 Web sites, the company said. MarketWatch reported that the Playboy board promised to consider the offer, after ...


The Internet Makes Us Smarter -- And I Love It

Some worry about the Web making us dumber or lazier, but not me. I'd be lost without it. Lately, I've been reading reports about things the Web has ruined and whether or not this or that part of the Web is making us dumber. One report targeted Google, but, thankfully, it assessed that the massive search ...


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