Morning tech tip sheet: Monday, May 17 — More WTO complaints against China, more online participation

Other news ...

Study: Cell phone brain cancer link inconclusive (AP) — Frank Jordans summarizes the new study: "Cell phone users worried about getting brain cancer aren't off the hook yet. ... A major international study into the link between cell phone use and two types of brain cancer has proved inconclusive, according to a report due to be published in a medical journal Tuesday. ... A 10-year survey of almost 13,000 participants found most cell phone use didn't increase the risk of developing meningioma — a common and frequently benign tumor — or glioma — a rarer but deadlier form of cancer."

At YouTube, adolescence begins at 5 (NYT) — Brad Stone files on YouTube's fifth birthday: "Mr. Hurley, 33, said YouTube was increasingly focused on showing users what their friends had watched, as a way of helping people navigate the tens of thousands of hours of video uploaded to the site every day. He also contended that more rights-holders were quietly allowing fans to appropriate short snippets of their content for mash-ups and parodies, 'though a lot of them might not come out and say it for business reasons.'"

Positive results for online government (NYT) — Teddy Wayne on the latest Pew Center report: "Americans haven’t de-friended the government just yet, according to a recent Pew report: 61 percent of adults looked for information or made transactions on a government Web site in the last year, while almost a third employed social media like social networking sites, blogs, text messaging, e-mail or online video to get government information. ... Among Internet users, more than 80 percent engaged in at least one transaction on a government site last year, with almost 40 percent making five or more transactions — like researching government data, renewing licenses and paying fines."

Google says it mistakenly collected data on Web usage (WSJ) — Jessica Vascellaro had this weekend's big news: "Google Inc. said an internal investigation has discovered that the roving vans the company uses to create its online mapping services were mistakenly collecting data about websites people were visiting over wireless networks. ... The Internet giant said it would stop collecting Wi-Fi data from its StreetView vans, which workers drive to capture street images and to locate Wi-Fi networks. The company said it would dispose of the data it had accidentally collected. ... Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research for Google, wrote in a blog post that the company uncovered the mistake while responding to a German data-protection agency's request for it to audit the Wi-Fi data, amid mounting concerns that Google's practices violated users' privacy."



FCC: Clean technology showcase
Speakers include Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Chairman Julius Genachowski
Where: FCC Headquarters
When: 2 p.m.


Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Meeting to consider contracts to trade movie futures
Agency Holding the Meeting: Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Where: Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st St., NW
When: 9:30 a.m.


House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Hearing on the delayed government transition to Networx, a telecommunications service
Where: Rayburn 2154
When: 9 a.m.
Note: According to Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), "Networx is a program that will unify essentially all the major telecommunications, network and information services provided to Federal Agencies. The transition to Networx, however, is substantially behind schedule costing the government millions of dollars for every month the transition is delayed."

FCC Open Meeting
Commissioners to discuss E-Rate changes, competition, utility polls
Where: FCC Headquarters
When: 10:30 a.m.


Cato Institute
Updating ECPA: An electronic privacy law for the 21st century
Where: Dirksen 226
When: 12 p.m.
Slated to attend: Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute; Will DeVries, policy counsel for Google; and Greg Nojeim, senior counsel and director of the Project on Freedom, Security and Technology at the Center for Democracy and Technology.