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November 16, 2012

Google, Dish talking about spectrum?: Google and Dish Network are reportedly in talks over spectrum, leading to speculation that Google may be considering jumping into the wireless carrier business.

As the Wall Street Journal reported, the two companies held preliminary talks on the possibility of a partnership to take on networks such as AT&T and Verizon, though the discussions are in very early stages. The report said that Dish is also speaking with other potential partners on the service.

Israel, Hamas and Twitter: The Israel Defense Forces made history Wednesday when it started to live-tweet a strike on the Gaza Strip. As The Washington Post reported, the account also sent a message warning Hamas leaders to hide. In response to the tweets, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades sent its own message saying “Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are.”

FCCconsiders prison phone rates: The Federal Communcations Commission said it will consider whether to lower phone rates in prisons. Advocates of reform say that the rates prisoners pay to speak to their families are outrageous, and launched a petition earlier this year to have the FCC look at collect call rates within prisons.

Groups including the Civil and Human Rights Coalition and the Pirson Policy Iniative applauded the FCC for its action.

Google prepping Maps app for iOS: Google is reportedly finishing up the development of a new Google Maps app for the iPhone, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The firm has begun distributing test versions of the app to people outside the company, the report said, and is getting ready to submit it to Apple’s App Store.

Jeff Bezos named businessperson of the year: Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos was named as Fortune’s businessperson of the year Thursday, with the magazine calling him the “ultimate disrupter.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook was a runner-up to the title, followed by Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal’s Steve Burke. John Donahoe, CEO of eBay was number four, followed by Samsung’s Oh-Hyun Kwon, and Google’s Larry Page.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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