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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

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. 


“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.


…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,

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


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.


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.


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