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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 08/30/2012

FTC nearing end of Google antitrust probe, report says #thecircuit

FTC nearing end of Google probe, report says: The Federal Trade Commission is close to the end of its antitrust probe into Google, Bloomberg reported, citing sources “familiar with the matter.”

The probe could be concluded in “weeks,” the report said. Google has already sought to defuse an antitrust investigation in Europe, The Washington Post reported in July, though very little is known about the proposal’s contents.

The Bloomberg report said that the FTC is “aware of what Google has proposed” to European regulators.

Obama on Reddit: In his question-and-answer session on the Web site Reddit, President Barack Obama said that he would “fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business.”

He also promised that that principle “will be reflected in the platform,” which must have heartened advocates trying to get a mention of Internet freedom into the Democratic party platform. Republicans formally adopted an Internet freedom plank earlier this week.

MPAA’s Dodd hails GOP’s ‘net freedom plank: Motion Picture Association of America head Christopher Dodd said that the Republican plank affirming a commitment to Internet freedom “strikes a very smart balance” between protecting freedom of expression and fighting online piracy.

The MPAA was one of the most vocal supporters of a pair of online piracy bills that drew the ire of Internet freedom advocates last year, but Dodd said that copyright protection and Internet freedom need not conflict.

“I agree wholeheartedly with my friends in the Republican Party that we must protect the free flow of information on the Internet while also protecting American innovators,” Dodd said. “It is imperative to our national economy and our national identity that we protect an Internet that works for everyone.”

Woman sentenced for stealing Motorola secrets: A woman was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing company secrets from Motorola, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Hanjuan Jin, 41, is a Chinese-born American citizen sentenced for stealing millions in trade secrets from the company. She worked for Motorola for nine years, the report said.

Jin’s lawyers asked that she receive leniency due to her poor health, but the AP reported that U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo said that it was important to send a message about corporate espionage.

“In today’s world, the most valuable thing that anyone has is technology. ... The most important thing this country can do is protect its trade secrets,” Castillo said, according to the report.

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