By Sara Jerome - 06/15/10 12:40 PM EDT
Microsoft Puts Gaming Plans in Motion: At the E3 Expo, the video game trade show in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled new details about its Kinect motion technology, which "picks up on movement and speech, so users can interact with the Xbox 360 through gestures and verbal commands, without the need for a physical controller," the WSJ reports, adding some analysis: "This year's E3 represents an important test of whether the industry can generate a level of excitement it desperately needs. Sales have been hurt by the economy and by competition from nontraditional forms of entertainment and games on smartphones and on social-network sites like Facebook."
Sprint May Cap Data Roaming on Laptops: Sprint Nextel said laptop customers using an excessive amount of mobile data while roaming could "have their accounts temporarily suspended," the WSJ reports.
FCC's Future of Media Proceeding Draws Warnings of Dangers in Search: John Eggerton peered into comments from Arts&Labs in the future of media inquiry, an FCC proceeding trying to preserve diversity in news. He found what looked a lot like net neutrality comments. Arts&Labs, the alliance of Microsoft, NBC Universal, Viacom, Verizon, AT&T and others warned that search engines could become the Internet's gatekeeper. “[A] search engine’s results, whether the result of an algorithm, human judgment or deliberate bias, can compromise users effective freedom to access the websites and information they require. Intentionally or not, search engines have enormous ability to act as gatekeepers who effectively select the information that users access.”
Kerry, Snowe Push FCC on Wireless Broadband Goals: Members of the Senate Commerce Committee urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to come through on a proposal for the nation's broadband future by freeing up unused television airwaves for wireless devices, a process that has dragged on for six years. In a letter Monday to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce communications subpanel, and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), a member of the commerce panel, called for the agency to free up unused spectrum, known as "white spaces," because it could help narrow the digital divide.
“Dear citizen, you have been tricked by the foreign media and you are working on their behalf. If you do this again, you will be dealt with according to Islamic law."
-A message that Tehran residents received on their cell phones, according to the NYT. (via epolitics.com)
6,700 ... The number of Starbucks to begin offering free Wi-Fi on July 1.
…Digital Capital Week (#dcweek) continues. Events all day long.
…9:35 a.m. U.S. International Trade Commission hearing on intellectual property breaches in China. Main Hearing Room (Room 101), 500 E Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.
…3 p.m. Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on cybersecurity legislation. 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
FOR THE WATERCOOLER
iPHONE ANGST: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted complaining about his iPhone on his Facebook wall. "This week I got an iPhone," he writes. "This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." (via Mashable)