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The Week Ahead

There are several tech and telecom-related events next week. Here are some of the highlights: Monday: The Progress and Freedom Foundation will hold a Capitol Hill briefing at noon on online privacy and advertising and on draft privacy legislation released earlier this month by House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va. Tuesday: Google will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. to release a report detailing Google's economic impact in all 50 states.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 4:00pm

Former FCC Official Sees More Legal Uncertainty

Former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth said Friday that the uncertainty created by a federal appeals court decision earlier this month that cast doubt over the commission's authority over broadband will be exacerbated by the FCC's recent decision to reclassify some aspects of broadband as a telecommunications service.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 2:43pm

FTC Clears Google-AdMob Deal

The FTC Friday announced it has approved Google's $750 million acquisition of mobile ad provider AdMob, despite acknowledging antitrust issues related to the deal.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 1:15pm

Blue Engine Snags Laura Burton Capps

Blue Engine Message & Media has just snagged Laura Burton Capps to work as part of its strategic communications and issue advocacy team. Capps was a speechwriter in the Clinton White House, and she also worked as communications director for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. During her time with Kennedy, she dealt with press issues involving two Supreme Court nominations, stem cells, and Iraqi refugee matters. Most recently, Capps was senior vice president for government affairs and communications at the Ocean Conservancy.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 11:39am

Animal Rights On The Move

This week's advocacy and lobbying stories in National Journal: (subscription) "Animal Rights On The Move:" How animal rightists are bringing new meaning to the pledge "with liberty and justice for all." Washington, watch out. "Who You Calling Astroturf?" The group Free Press wants a robust media with federal support and minimal restrictions from Internet access providers. "Closing The Lobby To Lawmakers:" A bill to block lawmakers from jumping to lucrative K Street careers is one of several aimed at curbing special interests.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 11:08am

Kundra Stresses Need For Cloud Computing Standards

The nation's top technology chief said Thursday that standards for security, interoperability and data portability are needed to drive forward the massive transition to cloud computing under way across government, reported. "We want to be pragmatic, but aggressive," said federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. He added the consolidation of federal data centers that the White House announced in February was the first of numerous "game-changing approaches" that will drive the move to cloud computing that the Office of Management and Budget announced in September 2009.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 10:48am

At Least Two Unions Will Top $100 Million On Midterms

From this morning's Earlybird: • "At least two influential unions will spend close to $100 million on the 2010 election, with most of those funds going to protect incumbents," The Hill reports. • "According to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity, 850 businesses, trade groups and other corporate interests have hired more than 3,000 lobbyists to shape" the regulatory reform bill -- "roughly five lobbyists for each member of Congress," Politico reports.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:47am

House Panel Moves To Tighten Federal Tech Security

From this morning's Earlybird: • "With bipartisan backing, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a bill Thursday to expand and update programs to ensure the security of federal computer systems," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent," the Wall Street Journal also reports.

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:34am

Critics Of Animal Rights Movement Fight Back

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 12:00am

Senator Wants Answers On Google Wi-Fi Incident

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., wrote Google CEO Eric Schmidt Thursday seeking answers to her questions about the firm's revelation last week that it had "mistakenly" collected private data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. In her letter to Schmidt, Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, noted Google's revelation that vehicles that snap photos for Google's Street View feature and Google Maps services also scanned for wireless networks that collected the name and numerical address of such networks.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 5:36pm