Good morning tech: FCC silent on net-neutrality plans

World Privacy Forum questions Commerce Department's privacy approach

The World Privacy Forum will release a report on Monday questioning the Commerce Department's track record on privacy issues. It comes as Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission each make an effort to take the lead on privacy.

Findings: "The Department of Commerce’s actions on international privacy matters have often been characterized by highly visible but ineffectively administered programs that lack rigor."

Hill notes

Upton: Freshmen oppose Barton waiver for Energy and Commerce gavel.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who hopes to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, does not believe incoming freshman Republicans are keen on granting Upton’s main rival a term-limit waiver that he’s seeking, The Hill's E2-Wire reports. “It seems as though the freshmen members coming in, almost to a person, are saying ‘you know what, we are not changing the rules literally the first day we are here.’ ” http://bit.ly/d77b7k

Despite stingy rep, Stearns's fundraising record strong.
From one vantage point, Rep. Cliff Stearns has donated more to GOP causes than top competitors for the Energy and Commerce Committee gavel, which hinges in part on how generous members have been with their party. Though Stearns (R-Fla.) has been dogged by a reputation as being stingy, one metric shows a solid fundraising record. Still, the prevailing metric has Stearns trailing other candidates. http://bit.ly/bqozRl

Rep. Dingell tells FCC to give up data-roaming rule, questions broadband authority. "Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), a veteran lawmaker in telecommunications policy, on Friday slammed a proposal by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to force national wireless carriers to provide roaming services for customers of regional service providers," The Washington Post reports. http://wapo.st/ddq2qG

Industry notes

Comcast-NBC actions raise tension with regulators. "Comcast is still in negotiations with the government over its proposed takeover of NBC Universal, but that did not stop the cable company from announcing a new management slate for the entertainment giant last week. That announcement displeased regulators, according to two government officials with knowledge of the negotiations. In September, the companies said in a statement that they would make no further personnel announcements “until the deal-closing process and timing is certain," The New York Times reports. http://nyti.ms/9AcGAJ

Web firms under fire on TV streams. "Owners of the major broadcast-television networks are suing in federal court two start-up companies that stream broadcast TV stations online without their consent, arguing the start-ups are infringing on their copyrights. A judge in New York has scheduled a hearing Monday on the networks' request for a temporary restraining order against FilmOn.com Inc., while another case against Ivi Inc. could be heard in coming weeks," The Wall Street Journal reports. http://on.wsj.com/dtVA00

An iPad newspaper from News Corp.
Rupert Murdoch is currently leading the charge to build The Daily, an iPad-centered newspaper under construction in News Corp.’s Manhattan offices that is scheduled to appear at the beginning of next year. With an investment of $30 million and a staff of around 100, The Daily will be the first of a kind — a “newspaper” with rich media and photography built especially for the iPad, The New York Times reports. http://nyti.ms/bBq77e

Watercooler. Gawker reports that Wi-Fi "may be killing trees. A study by a Dutch university suggests that Wi-Fi radiation causes weird abnormalities in trees. This is disturbing, as we love both Wi-Fi and trees." http://gaw.kr/9cPlyt