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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Cellphone safety bill introduced #thecircuit

Bill calls for examination of cellphone effects: Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) have introduced a bill that calls for the examination of adverse effects cellphone radiation may have on the human body. The bill, according to a statement from Kucinich’s office, calls for cellphone companies to provide warning labels on cellphones that let them know how much radiation their bodies are absorbing from cellphones.

The bill comes ahead of an anticipated report from the Government Accountability Office on cellphones and health, expected this week. As The Washington Post reported, Congress is expected to say that the investigation finds the Federal Communications Commission standards on cellphone safety are out of date.

AT&T mobile share plans start Aug. 23: AT&T is introducing its mobile share plans, which allow multiple subscribers to share the same bucket of data, on Aug. 23.

To make it more simple for users to track whether or not they should consider the plans, the company also added a Mobile Share Planner tool that lets customers find out, on average, how much data they use on any given device, and shows estimated costs for a given plan.

Verizon also announced a shared data plan in June, which has been available since June 28.

Cybersecurity: With Senate Republicans blocking cybersecurity legislation last week, the White House has said that it will “do absolutely everything” to combat cyber threats. In a statement e-mailed to The Hill, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did not rule out the possibility of an executive order.

“In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed,” he said in the statement.

Universal-EMI: Two leading members of the Senate’s antitrust panel said Friday that they would like the Federal Trade Commission to closely examine the implications of a merger between Universal and EMI.

In a letter, Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) said they believe the deal “presents significant competition issues that merit careful FTC review” to make sure the deal doesn’t adversely affect competition.

Opponents of the deal have said they fear the merger will allow the resulting company to block innovation in digital music services. The companies have said that doing so would be of no advantage to their businesses.

E-books overtake Amazon print sales in Britain: Sales of Kindle e-books have overtaken sales of print books on Amazon.co.uk, the Guardian reported Sunday. The company said that since the start of 2012, it has sold 114 e-books for every 100 books from its stores. The figures, the company said, included sales of printed books that do not have Kindle editions, but excluded free e-books.

Amazon announced last May that it had reached a similar tipping point in the States. It took four years for digital books to outsell their paper-and-glue counterparts in the United States

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