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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Cybersecurity: Lawmakers urge Obama to act #thecircuit

Lawmakers urge action on cybersecurity: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has urged President Obama to use his executive power to enforce new cybersecurity rules after Senate Republicans stopped comprehensive legislation from passing earlier this month.

Rockefeller joins one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) in calling for the Obama administration to do all it can on cybersecurity by executive order.

But, as Politico reported, Lieberman’s fellow sponsor, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is not advocating for executive action.

In an interview with Politico, Collins said that an “executive order could send the unintended signal that congressional action is not urgently needed.”

Google buys Frommers: Google has agreed to buy the travel guide publishing program Frommers for an undisclosed amount, expanding the search giant’s reach in its travel and review business. The news was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

When asked for comment, a Google spokesperson said that the new acquisition will be folded into the company’s Zagat group.

“The Frommer's team and the quality and scope of their content will be a great addition to the Zagat team. We can’t wait to start working with them on our goal to provide a review for every relevant place in the world,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

In the Journal report, experts said it was unlikely that Google’s acquisition would raise any red flags in the antitrust world.

"The travel book business is small potatoes even for the Justice Department," Bill Newlin, publisher of Avalon Travel, told the newspaper.

Motorola faces job cuts: Google is planning to cut 4,000 jobs from Motorola Mobility, around 20 percent of the division’s 20,000 employees.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated Aug. 3, the company said it plans to trim around one-third of all its facilities — by cutting or consolidating — to get Motorola back into the black. Google said it expects to see a charge of no more than $275 million related to the cuts.

Two-thirds of the reduction will happen outside of the United States, the filing said. According to a report from the New York Times,the company is focusing on cutting operations in Asia and India, will focus on development in Beijing and will also make a development push in Chicago and Sunnyvale, Calif.

Apple-Samsung trial ticks on: Apple and Samsung are back in court Monday, continuing a legal battle over intellectual property. In a weekend order, Judge Lucy Koh ordered both parties to file instructions that the jury will receive before it begins its deliberations.

Koh said she is “disappointed” that Apple and Samsung haven’t come to more agreement on the matter, according to a report from All Things Digital.

The report said Koh would like the testimony to wrap up by Friday and have a discussion on jury instructions by Monday, hearing closing arguments by Tuesday.

ICANN extends comment period: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has extended the comment period on its generic top level domain program for an additional 45 days. The comment period will now end on Sept. 26.

Lawmakers including Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had urged ICANN to give those interested in commenting more time to do so, saying in an Aug. 7 letter that they would like more information on how ICANN will assuage concerns about the new system. Critics say the program could cause user confusion and hurt copyright holders; ICANN has said it believes the new system will create new Internet real estate that will prompt brand innovation.

In a statement Monday, Leahy applauded ICANN’s decision and urged the group to “listen to the concerns and comments that are raised.”

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