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Unfinished Business on Press Freedom

Location:
New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
United States
Recommendation:
2

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., who announced his planned resignation in September, bears responsibility for undermining robust journalism by his overzealous leak investigations and his opposition to recognizing a reporter’s constitutional or common law privilege to protect sources. Perhaps seeking to improve on that dismal record, AG Holder issued new guidelines in February concerning prosecutors’ use of subpoenas and search warrants to obtain information from reporters. Those guidelines include some valuable changes, but they also contain a central flaw that requires prompt correction, as a group of media representatives will be urging at a meeting with Justice Department officials.

Unpacking the FCC’s Online Video Proposal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
2

While the Federal Communications Commission might be stepping toward à la carte video programming, it is a baby step at best.

HBO Explores the ‘How’ of Streaming Option

Location:
Time Warner
1 Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
United States
Recommendation:
1

Time Warner’s HBO is exploring various routes to offer consumers a stand-alone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through technology partners such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

European telecoms: hold the line please

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
1

European telecommunications companies that operate in countries with four or more competitors have generally had poor profitability. That does not concern regulators, although the resulting low rate of investment should. But regulators are slowly changing their tune on consolidation.

Let the Internet Take On Cable

Location:
New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to allow businesses like Aereo and Sony to register as cable companies. This would allow those companies to strike deals to carry the TV stations owned by media businesses like Viacom, NBC and Time Warner. This is a good step and should provide consumers more choices.

You are what you Facebook ‘like’

Location:
Facebook (new HQ)
1601 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA
United States
Recommendation:
1

To Facebook -- the 1.35-billion-user behemoth where we increasingly record our daily choices -- no person, comment or casual thumbs-up is isolated: Everything is part of a larger pattern.

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