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Hill notes

Lawmakers cautious to applaud removal of Craigslist 'adult services.'
One competitor said Craigslist's new stance might send a message to Capitol Hill. "They are clearly thumbing their noses at lawmakers by replacing their adult services text link with the word 'censored,' " said Greg Collier, the founder of

Industry notes

Google to enter TV market worldwide. "Google Inc will launch its service to bring the Web to TV screens in the United States this autumn and worldwide next year, its chief executive said, as it extends its reach from the desktop to the living room," Reuters reports. "CEO Eric Schmidt said the service, which will allow full Internet browsing via the television, would be free, and Google would work with a variety of programme makers and electronics manufacturers to bring it to consumers."

HP sues over Oracle move. "Hewlett-Packard sued to block its former chief executive from joining rival Oracle Corp. as a senior executive, alleging Mark Hurd's hiring breaches his exit agreement and will lead to a transfer of its trade secrets to a competitor," the WSJ reports.

For the poor, cell phones offer a life line.
"For the world's poorest, cellphone technology carries opportunity, aid groups say, as text messages and other mobile applications have created a new platform to reach the most remote farms and crowded urban slums of Africa, Asia and Latin America," the Washington Post reports.

O'Reilly pans Google ice-cream truck ad. 
Tim O’Reilly stood up for Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt this week after a watchdog group ran an ad in Times Square portraying him as a creepy ice cream truck driver preying on adorable children. “While there are real issues to be addressed around privacy, this kind of attack ad is truly sad,” O’Reilly, the founder of O’Reilly Media, said. The ad aimed to say Google collects too much information about its users.

Former FCC senior adviser to consult.
Colin Crowell, the former senior counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, announced Tuesday he plans to stay in Washington and launch a consulting practice.

Staff shuffle at AT&T, Disney.
AT&T Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer Dorothy Attwood is planning to leave her position, the company announced Tuesday. She is heading to Walt Disney Co. Robert Quinn and Len Cali will take on new responsibilities after her departure. Privacy issues will go to Quinn, senior vice president for federal regulatory, who will add the title of chief privacy officer. Cali, senior vice president for wireless and international external affairs, will add global public policy responsibilities.

AOL Daily Finance provides a net-neutrality recap, including a look at talks at the FCC, called "a high-stakes gamble gone terribly wrong." 


"It's hard to get users to pay for anything these days, especially on the Web. Individuals don't understand the risk of privacy online."

—Joseph Collins, co-founder of VaporStream, "which for $7.50 to $9 a month allows consumers and corporate users to send email and instant messages that can't be forwarded, saved or printed and leave no electronic record after they are read," the WSJ reports.


ALLIANCE — "North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has found an unlikely ally to help raise cash for his impoverished regime: The Dude, the pot-smoking underachiever played by Jeff Bridges in the movie 'The Big Lebowski,' " Bloomberg reports. Programmers from North Korea’s General Federation of Science and Technology developed games based on the film. The game was published by News Corp. It represents "a growing software industry championed by Kim that is boosting the economy of one of the poorest countries in the world and raising the technological skills of workers."

—Sam Youngman and Michael O'Brien contributed to this report.