OVERNIGHT TECH: Hutchison moves to stop FCC from enforcing net neutrality

Sen. Kerry: FCC should impose conditions on NBC-Comcast merger

The FCC can and should impose conditions on Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal that would prevent the new entity from discriminating against rival content providers or distributors, according to a letter from Sen. John KerryJohn KerryEllison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' 'Can you hear me now?' Trump team voices credible threat of force Obama to attend Pittsburgh Steelers owner's funeral MORE (D-Mass.).

Kerry wrote to agency chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney on Thursday urging them to ensure the post-merger company can't violate the principle of net neutrality by discriminating against rival content providers or competing cable companies seeking to carry NBC channels. http://bit.ly/fF82nd


Can't-miss news

Amazon.com says activists may have mischaracterized the company's stance on the FCC's net-neutrality plan. http://bit.ly/fWewUI

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced he will chair the House Communications subcommittee on Twitter ... in Morse code. http://bit.ly/fRVzkN

Facebook shuts down Thursday afternoon after a code leak. http://bit.ly/g2fWQB

President Obama nominated two people to sit on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board http://bit.ly/h8n6LB

Google launches new database of more than five million books. http://nyti.ms/gZjJdk

RIM beats revenue and profit estimates on rising BlackBerry sales. http://bit.ly/fePLWo

DHS chief Janet Napolitano says cybersecurity is a civilian problem, not a war. http://bit.ly/fqldOF


Said

"A government that can't trust the voters with detailed knowledge of its operations isn't a democracy. #wikileaks"

—Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder and former Grateful Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow in a Thursday tweet.