Tech Tidbits: Post-Thanksgiving Round-up

As you're getting settled back into your desks after a weekend (or week, for some) away from the office, here are a few things to get you started.

-- Some GOP strategists say Sarah Palin's Web presence needs some work, as The Hill's Jordan Fabian wrote this weekend. Take a look at the several dozen comments from readers for a lively debate about Palin's online effectiveness. Here's my previous story about what Republicans in Congress are doing on the Net.

-- Hill reporters Ben Geman and Jim Snyder have launched a new blog, E2-Wire, all about energy and the environment. You'll likely see some stories about how smart-grid systems and other technologies are making inroads in the climate-change debate.

-- Nate Anderson of ArsTechnica has an interesting story explaining why libraries--one of the few places some rural residents can find access to high-speed Internet--are experiencing a severe bandwidth crunch. It touches on problems with the FCC's E-Rate program.

-- FBI director Robert Mueller was almost the victim of a phishing scam while doing routine online banking. Here's a New York Times story on what some companies like PayPal are trying to do to make Internet transactions safer.

-- Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post wrote this story about regulators taking a look at the potential marriage of NBC and Comcast, and the ramifications for the media landscape.

-- My interview with FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker aired this weekend on C-SPAN. You can read an excerpt from the interview in an earlier post. Here's the "Communicators" program from C-SPAN's YouTube Channel.