By Tony Romm - 04/12/10 12:00 PM EDT
What we're following on Monday, April 12:
Google’s AdMob deal bolstered by Apple’s move, Schmidt says (Bloomberg) - It is not too surprising Google has pounced on Apple's introduction last week of iAd, a new advertisement service for iPhone apps, and ported it as a defense for the search giant's own purchase of AdMob, a mobile advertising firm. As the FTC reportedly readies a challenge to that $750 million deal, Google CEO Eric Schmidt stressed Monday that Apple's new advertisement line is "evidence of a highly competitive market" that his company's new business venture will hardly dent.
Global IT spending to rise (Reuters) -- 2010 spending in global IT could be "solid," says Gartner, a research firm. Its latest report predicts 5.3 percent growth in the sector this year, with software spending rising 5.1 percent.
Verizon feels union heat (Wall St. Journal) -- The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are objecting to Verizon's $8.6 billion deal to unload 4.8 million landlines in 14 states to Frontier Communications Corps. According to the WSJ report, union members are furious at the transaction, primarily because the deal could "place a heavy burden on Frontier" and lead to job cuts. CWA members have thus promised to fight the sale.
Powell and reclassification (WashPo) -- The Washington Post sits down with former FCC Chairman Michael Powell to discuss his concerns about re-classifying broadband in the wake of the FCC's loss of Internet regulatory powers in federal court. "I hate the idea of Title II for broadband," Powell told the Post in the interview. "I think we would really regret it because for a regulator versed in what it means, it means thousands and thousands of pages that would fall into this space and we would spend our lifetime trying to clean it up. And the real worry is that we will enter another prolonged period of litigation."
Sen. Reed reportedly to revive tight rules for venture capitalists (Hillicon Valley) -- Venture capitalists with more than $30 million in assets would have to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission if Sen. Jack Reed's (D-R.I.) forthcoming amendment becomes law. According to reports, Reed hopes to tack the proposal onto his chamber's financial regulatory reform bill once it reaches the Senate floor in the coming days. The amendment mostly mirrors a bill Reed introduced last year.
Tech events around the Beltway:
NDN will host Alec Ross, the senior adviser on innovation at the State Department, at their northwest D.C. office at noon. Ross, whose credentials include new media and technology work for the Obama for America campaign, will speak about the "the role of connection technologies in open and closed societies," according to NDN. Also speaking at the event Monday will be Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN and the New Policy Institute. When: 12 p.m.; Where: 729 15th St. NW, First Floor (RSVP required, Webcast also available).
Also on deck this week:
Future of Privacy Forum and GWU Law School
Panel: "Online Privacy: Where are Law and Technology headed?"
When: Tuesday, April 13, 8 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: GWU Law School, Faculty Conference Center (Room B-505)
Of note: Ellen Blacker, discussing AT&T's "layered notices" approach to privacy, and other legal experts and privacy advocates.
Senate Commerce Committee
Hearing on the National Broadband Plan, including testimony from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
When: Wednesday, April 14, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Russell 253
Note: This hearing was re-scheduled due to last month's healthcare debate
McAfee Public Sector Summit
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tx.), co-founder of Congressional Cyber Security Caucus; Dave DeWalt, CEO of McAfee
When: Thursday, April 15, 8 - 10 a.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and ITC in D.C.
House Energy and Commerce Committee
Hearing on the National Broadband Plan, "Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices"
When: Thursday, April 15, 10 a.m.
Where: Rayburn 2123