Wall Street Journal

Make the Net Neutral Again

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he’ll advance his network neutrality proposal under a notice and comment procedure, instead of offloading the rules with a blunt agency tool known as a declaratory ruling.

A Wary Tech Sector Is Booming in the Land of Trump

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Silicon Valley wasn’t a happy place when Donald Trump was elected president.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Balancing Act in Net Neutrality Rollback

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai faces a tough challenge in coming days: rolling back network neutrality rules that he regards as an overreach, without reaching too far himself.

Investors, Don’t Get Too Excited About the FCC’s Net Rules

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Shares of broadband providers have run up since the election on the hope that the Trump administration will bring a lighter touch to telecom policy. But even with looser network neutrality rules on the horizon, little may actually change.

Altice USA IPO Seen Raising More Than $1 Billion, Valuing Company at Over $20 Billion

Location:
Altice SA, 3 boulevard Royal, Luxembourg, L-2449, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
3

Altice USA filed paperwork to go public April 11, in an offering that would raise more than $1 billion, apparently.

Google Pays Female Workers Less Than Male Counterparts, Labor Department Says

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

An investigation of Google has found it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts, US Department of Labor officials said, a claim that adds to allegations of gender bias in Silicon Valley.

FCC Chief Ajit Pai Develops Plans to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules

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

Apparently, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai laid out preliminary plans to roll back the agency’s network neutrality rules in a meeting with trade associations. The conversation shows that the FCC chairman is inching closer to making his plans public, possibly as soon as April.

FCC Tees Up Rule Change That Could Spur Wave of TV Industry Mergers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal regulators plan to reverse an Obama-era rule that prevented major television-station owners from buying stations or readily selling themselves, a move that could touch off a wave of deals among media companies.

State Department Press Room Goes Dark — At Least for Now

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
2

For the first six weeks of the Trump Administration, the State Department didn’t hold a single on-camera press briefing — long a fixture of US diplomatic communications — finally beginning them on March 7. Less than three weeks later, they’ve stopped again.

Geoffrey Fowler: Facebook Wants to Help You Be a Better Citizen

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

Facebook wants to get us more politically active in the real world. Facebook has rolled out a nonpartisan civic engagement service in the US called Town Hall.

A President’s Credibility

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

If President Donald Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that President Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

Time Warner and AT&T Are a Deal-Anxiety Barometer

Location:
Wall Street, 11 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration at times wears its populist hat and at others its pro-business hat. When it comes to antitrust enforcement, investors are betting it is sporting the latter.

Web Browsers, Not Apps, Are Internet Gatekeepers for the ‘Next Billion’

The number of internet users world-wide has roughly doubled in the past eight years to around 3.5 billion. The people who have come aboard in the past few years are spending their time in something that was overshadowed long ago in developed countries by apps: the mobile web browser.

Google Faces New EU Complaint Over Android

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

A group of Google adversaries announced a new formal complaint to the European Union’s antitrust watchdog over the Alphabet unit’s behavior with its Android mobile-operating service.

ZTE to Pay $892 Million to U.S., Plead Guilty in Iran Sanctions Probe

Location:
ZTE, Shenzhen, 44, 518057, China
Recommendation:
3

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran and obstructing a federal investigation, ending a five-year probe that has raised trade tensions between the US and China.

Facebook, Rushing Into Live Video, Wasn’t Ready for Its Dark Side

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

On orders from Mark Zuckerberg, more than 100 employees at Facebook were put into what the company calls “lockdown” when they showed up for work one Thursday early in 2016. They had been plucked from other projects to focus on the chief executive’s top priority—making it possible for more than a billion Facebook users to stream video live. Zuckerberg had made a snap decision near the end of a product meeting in his glass-walled office in Menlo Park (CA), to work around the clock to roll out Facebook Live, which took just two months.

SoftBank Orchestrates Satellite Deal to Expand Internet Reach

Location:
Intelsat, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

Japanese telecom company SoftBank Group is orchestrating a deal between US satellite startup OneWeb and debt-laden satellite operator Intelsat SA in an attempt to deliver faster and cheaper internet connections world-wide.

FCC Chairman Says Doesn’t Expect Agency to Review AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai he didn’t expect the agency to have a role in reviewing AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

Is the Media Too Tough on Donald Trump? More Than Half of Americans Think So

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Just over half of Americans think the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been too critical, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

Jared Kushner Delivers Critique of CNN to Time Warner Executive

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, met with a senior Time Warner executive in recent weeks and expressed the administration’s deep concerns about CNN’s news coverage, apparently.

For the Blind, an Actual-Reality Headset

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The eSight 3—which weighs less than a quarter of a pound and is operated by hand-held remote—captures the world through a camera system and then displays it on OLED screens that sit very close to the eyes.

Amazon and Google Consider Turning Smart Speakers Into Home Phones

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amazon and Alphabet’s Google are considering a new use for their popular home speakers: becoming the home phone.

Wall Street Journal Editor Defends Paper’s Coverage of Trump

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker aggressively defended the newspaper against criticism that its reporting on President Donald Trump has been soft, saying the coverage has aimed to hold the new administration accountable without becoming “oppositional.”

Trump Takes on Tech Industry in Early Policy Moves

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump has shown a readiness to take on the tech industry, clashing with Silicon Valley in ways that his tech-friendly predecessor hardly ever did.

Consumers Are Going to Love the End of Net Neutrality—at First

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

In the near term it looks like advocates of network neutrality will be dealt a major blow.

The FCC’s New Life of Pai

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1.5

Senate Democrats found time for a press conference haranguing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for the high sin of opposing “net neutrality,” which is their euphemism for government regulation of the internet. Less noticed is that Chairman Pai is restoring bipartisanship and political accountability to an agency that desperately needs it.

Why Companies May Behave Themselves Even as Regulations Are Eased

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration has pledged to boost economic growth by cutting two regulations for every new one created. Investors have responded by bidding up stocks in the hope that profits will surge.

FCC Ends ‘Zero-Rating’ Review

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission stopped its review of wireless carriers that exclude their own video-streaming services from customers’ usage caps, closing an inquiry that began under the previous administration.

Legal experts say that Congress can overrule Obama regulations going back to 2009

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Todd Gaziano, a former House staffer who helped craft the Congressional Review Act, told a meeting of free-market attorneys, think tankers and Republican congressional staff that the law could be used to overturn any Obama administration rules – if the agency responsible did not submit a report to Congress.

Verizon Exploring Combination With Cable Firm Charter Communications

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apparently, Verizon Communications is exploring a combination with Charter Communications that would unite two giants in search of growth in a rapidly consolidating media and telecom landscape, according to people familiar with the matter.