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RIM seeks broad industry-government talks on encryptions. The BlackBerry maker has offered to lead an "industry forum" on the use of encrypted communications, The Washington Post reports. http://bit.ly/b7UgqY

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FCC appeals court ruling on indecency policy. The FCC is appealing a July ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down the Commission's policy against profanity or nudity broadcast over live television during hours children may be watching. The FCC's legal team argues the court's ruling makes it all but impossible to enforce federal decency regulations and ignores precedent. The case is expected to reach the Supreme Court and have significant implications for the government's ability to regulate content providers moving forward. http://bit.ly/aXgQ94

Pentagon bans thumb drives after official confirms 2008 cyber-attack.
After a top Pentagon official said this week that an infected thumb drive caused a massive breach of military networks in 2008, the Pentagon responded by banning all thumb drives and crafting a new cybersecurity response strategy, codenamed "Buckshot Yankee." Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn had said the previously classified attack was the largest breach of military computer security ever. http://nyti.ms/apoVt6

FCC indicates special-access measures could move 'soon.'
The FCC indicated Thursday it might move soon on special-access issues, a concern for wireless providers who have to pay bigger companies to connect their cell towers to wireline networks. Rick Kaplan, the chief counsel to the FCC chairman, said the agency is pleased the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognized "the need for the FCC to collect more comprehensive data on special access." He said the agency "will soon be taking steps to address many of the issues raised in the report.” http://bit.ly/dtMD1r

Dems to keep an eye on wireless amid positive signs for industry.
Democrats said on Thursday that they plan to keep a watchful eye on the wireless companies in spite of positive findings from a GAO report on the industry. Noting that it is still tough to get wireless coverage in many parts of his home state, Senate Commerce Chairman Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerBottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease Lobbying World MORE (W.Va.) urged the FCC to give increased attention to problems that remain. http://bit.ly/d0pmEU


NAMING RIGHTS — Gizmodo reports that "first Facebook didn't want anyone else to have the word 'book' in the name of his or her online community and now it doesn't want anyone to have the word 'face' either." It has taken over the trade application for "Face" from a company called "Facepart.com." http://gizmo.do/cNOT3y