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Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Reps. Eshoo, Issa urge FCC to act on spectrum statute #thecircuit

Reps. Eshoo, Issa urge FCC to follow through on spectrum statute: Reps. Anna Eshoo (D) and Darrell Issa (R) of California called on the Federal Communications Commission to “protect and preserve”public access to unlicensed spectrum as it considers implementing incentive auctions of broadcast television spectrum.

The two House members cited several important uses for unlicensed spectrum, such as the WiFi networks that provide Internet access to those who can’t use their cellular networks. They also pointed to the spectrum’s potential for innovation.

“[We] cannot afford to fall behind other nations in the race to deploy new and innovative unlicensed technologies,” Issa and Eshoo wrote.

Twitter rolls out filters, taking on Instagram: Twitter is rolling out an option to add filters to mobile photographs, taking on the Facebook-owned network Instagram. The companies, once cozy, have seen their relationship cool since the acquisition earlier this year, and Instagram recently stopped Twitter users’ ability to see full Instagram photos in their Twitter streams.

SOPA, PIPA make top Twitter trends list: The fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act made such a splash this year that the policy issue snuck into Twitter’s top conversations for 2012.

Other news that made the cut included the U.S. elections, the Summer Olympics and Hurricane Sandy, when many used Twitter as an emergency communication tool.

McCaskill urges FAA to expand device use: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Tuesday urged the Federal Aviation Administration to allow passengers greater access to their electronic devices during flights.

In a letter, addressed to acting FAA chief Michael Huerta, McCaskill said that if the agency does not act in a timely manner, she is ”prepared to pursue legislative solutions.”

Kids apps: Mobile developers acknowledged that app developers don’t always provide adequate information on their data collection practices for apps designed for children, The Washington Post reported. But they don’t think that stricter rules are the best way to address those shortcomings.

“The problem is not lack of rules, but lack of education on both sides of discussion,” said Morgan Reed of the Association for Competitive Technology. “Consumers say they want privacy, but some of my developers say no one reads their privacy policies.”

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