AT&T announced it will scrap its planned merger with T-Mobile. ars technica gives a good rundown on the story. Some expressed relief that the merger bid was abandoned, while others suggest that the result will mean more harm for consumers in the long run.
Sprint, one of the merger’s most vocal opponents, was jubilant at the news, but nonetheless continues to face its own difficulties.
The Senate Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee is at it again, calling for the FTC to give a “hard look” to Google’s search practices, which Sens. Kohl and Lee suggest may be anti-competitive.
FastCompany has a profile of Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) efforts at promoting citizen involvement in politics and government transparency through his “Project Madison” project and other efforts.
Despite the resiliency of the Internet, government actions are nonetheless doing much to undermine its robustness and threaten long term harm.
The Brookings Institute has an interesting report on how the explosive growth of digital storage is proving to be a valuable tool for repressive governments. (H/T @jenvalentino)
CircleID has a story on the ten main Internet Governance developments of 2011. Among them? Arab Spring and Social Media, the Egyptian Internet blackout, and SOPA.
FT reports that a “publicity” suit against Facebook will move forward, despite the company’s efforts to have it tossed out of court. The case focuses on “Sponsored Stories,” with plaintiffs (those about whom such stories are made) claiming they’re entitled to some ad revenue from those “unwitting endorsements.”
Finally, Tech Europe at WSJ has an interesting report: Internet never used by 24% of the EU population. More at the link.
Internet entrepreneurs and innovators, including Sergey Brin, Elon Musk, and Pierre Omidyar, have added their voices to the increasing opposition to PIPA and SOPA in a full page open letter to Congress. The letter is running in major DC publications this week.
Foreign Affairs has a good article discussing Russia’s recent parliamentary elections, allegations that authorities interfered with reporting from news sites and blogs, and the role played by social networks like Facebook in providing an outlet for political activism
Threat Post discusses the story of an Austrian law student’s request for all of his Facebook data, and the 1222 PDF CD that arrived in response
Defence Professionals gives a quick rundown on the US “Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future;” you can read the full report here
The Guardian reports that VOIP companies have gained support of European Ministers, who are calling for regulators to monitor ISPs that engage in blocking or otherwise degrade VOIP services like Skype
OECD countries have issued a call for member states to preserve Internet freedoms, observing that investments in networks and light regulatory efforts are necessary for “promoting economic growth via the Internet.”