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Executive Notes

Broadcasters to FCC on media ownership: HELP! The National Association of Broadcasters asked the FCC "to allow TV and radio stations and newspapers to combine, eliminate the limits on radio/TV station combos and 'substantially reform' the TV duopoly rule, which does not allow common ownership of TV stations in smaller markets," Broadcasting & Cable's John Eggerton reports today. To continue providing free programming, the broadcasters said "they must have the flexibility to form competitively viable ownership structures." The comments came in the FCC's quadrennial review of media ownership rules.

IG says DHS failed in oversight of SBINet contractor. The Department of Homeland Security's controversial project to install sensors and cameras to detect illegal immigrants coming across the Mexican border was dealt another blow by a new IG report panning the Department's oversight of the contractors working on the project. Specifically, DHS didn't make sure contractors completing one phase of work  before moving to the next and failed to alert managers about cost overruns and schedule delays. The program's head admitted last month that DHS will likely scrap its plan to install a virtual fence along the entire Southwest border.

Industry Notes


Google wants more data from wireless firms.
Google underscored that it wants more Wi-Fi data in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week that asked the agency to collect, and make available, more information from wireless providers. The company’s desire for more wireless data became abundantly clear this year when an effort to collect information about Wi-Fi networks led it to accidentally collect private data running over those networks, resulting in a major legal and public relations debacle centered around privacy infringement.

Consumer Reports fixes iPhone 4 flaw with duct tape.
Consumers Reports declined to recommend the latest iPhone after finding a flaw in the antenna design that could lead to dropped calls for lefthanded users. But Consumers did recommend an easy fix for the problem — cover the area in duct tape. According to Consumers, touching a certain spot on the phone’s lower left side can lead to degraded signals and dropped calls. Because of the signal issue, Consumers declined to recommend the iPhone 4 despite its high scores on the other tests. 

SAID.

"Microsoft User Research is looking for iPad owners for an upcoming study to get feedback."

-A Facebook invite from Microsoft inviting Apple customers to participate in a probe.


SCHEDULED.

…2:30 p.m. ITIF forum on Using IT to "create a more sustainable world" in a panel. 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610, Washington, D.C.

...5 p.m. House Rules Committee hearing the telework bill H.R. 1722. (H-313, U.S. Capitol.)


NUMBER PUNCH.

1.3 billion. Dollars in the total budget for SBINet, a Homeland Security Department project using sensors and camera to protect the border. Most of the money has already been spent without achieving much return, according to Randolph Hite of the Government Accountability Office.

WATERCOOLER.

VIRAL...Four employees at KARK Little Rock, a TV station, were fired after making parody videos about how much they hate their jobs. Watch here.