Europe rejects additional net-neutrality rules. The European Union has decided that new rules to prevent phone companies from discriminating against certain Internet traffic are not necessary, the European official responsible for telecommunications said in a speech Thursday. http://bit.ly/dhSsAL
Start-ups follow Twitter and become neighbors. "Although the beige-and-brown office building at 795 Folsom doesn’t have a gym, a cafeteria, decent iPhone reception or a particularly attractive facade, tech start-ups are jostling to rent offices there. Like middle schoolers drawn to the popular kid’s table in the lunchroom, they are hoping that proximity to Twitter will lead to chance encounters in the elevator, partnerships or an acquisition — or simply that some of Twitter’s fairy dust will land on them," The New York Times reports.
With grandparents in mind, Sen.-elect Blumenthal takes on phone scammers. After relentlessly targeting Craigslist and Google on the grounds they brought harm to consumers, Sen.-elect Richard Blumenthal (D), the attorney general in Connecticut, has set his sights on another telecom foe: phone scammers. He plans to take on the swindlers who assume false identities to trick people into wiring them money, he said in a statement Thursday. http://bit.ly/9bkOZ5
Facebook data center headed to N.C. The computers that know who your friends are, what you like and who you recently poked are headed to Forest City, N.C., in a project that could create hundreds of jobs, according to members of Congress from that state. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganInfighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms MORE (D-N.C.) commended Facebook on Thursday for building a new data center in North Carolina. http://bit.ly/aJwbdT
Broadcast networks block Web content from Google TV. "All four broadcast networks have blocked full episodes of their shows from appearing on Google's new platform that allows users to view Web content on their home TVs. Google unveiled Google TV this fall in the hope of turning the television set into a multimedia platform capable of downloading video from the Web for instant viewing. But broadcasters have resisted the service, fearing it could hurt revenue since TV commercials remain much more lucrative than Web ads." http://bit.ly/dbONLT