STLR Link Roundup – March 12, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar:

  • The New York Times explains that television providers, including TimeWarner and Verizon, are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change TV retransmission rules so that stations (like ABC or CBS) have less leverage over TV providers.
  • The FCC is also asking people to test their broadband speeds at its website, Wired reports, to evaluate whether American telecommunications companies are keeping their promises about broadband speed and accessibility.
  • Business Week reports that the Business Software Alliance (representing Microsoft and Symantec, among others) is getting increasingly angry over China’s piracy policies.
  • From the E-Commerce Times: The Federal Trade Commission is concerned about the potential unfair competitive advantage
  • Google would gain by its proposed acquisition of the mobile ad network AdMob, and may ultimately refuse to allow the acquisition to go forward.
  • The Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Li Yizhong warned Google to comply with China’s censorship laws, CNET reports.
  • From Out-Law: the USTPO has affirmed the validity of Amazon’s amended version of its “one-click” patent, a patent for the technology for buying products online with one click of a web page button, which many sharply criticized as being too obvious to patent.
  • Also from Out-Law: there is push-back from companies and activists against the proposed UK amendment to the Digital Economy Bill that would allow courts to order ISPs to block websites accused of hosting copyright-infringing content.

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