Speculation over next FCC chair: While Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski hasn’t announced his intention to step down from his position, The Washington Post reported that he’s expected to leave as early as next month.
That’s given the telecom world a fun new game to play — namely speculating over who will be the next to step into the chairman’s role.
Top candidates, the report said, include tech and telecom venture capitalist Tom Wheeler, Obama ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Karen Kornbluh and National Telecommunications and Information Administration head Lawrence Strickling.
Video game industry launches new PSAs on ratings: The Entertainment Software Association, in conjunction with the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, announced Monday that they are releasing a public education campaign to let parents know about the ratings systems used for video games.
The ESA and ESRB will be running a series of national and local public service announcements, including on video game platforms such as Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network and in Best Buy, Walmart and Game Stop stores to reach parents as they shop.
The discussion around video game violence has accelerated in the wake of the shootings in Newton, Conn., prompting the White House to request further research be done into the link between violent video games and real-world violence.
House panels talk cybersecurity: On Wednesday, the House committee on Homeland Security and the House Judiciary committee will both examine the issue of cybersecurity.
The Homeland Security committee will focus on the Department of Homeland Security’s role in protecting critical national systems. The Judiciary committee, meanwhile, will examine the best practices for investingating and prosecuting cyber threats.
Last week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified at a joint Senate hearing of the Homeland Security and Commerce committees to discuss President Obama’s executive order on cybersecurity.
Google close to deal with states: Google is believed to be close to a deal with several state attorneys general regarding incidents in which cars for its mapping service, Google Street View, picked up WiFi data from passing homes, The Washington Post reported.
According to the report, Google would pay more than $7 million to resolve its negotiations with more than 30 attorneys general and could come as early as next week.