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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 05/24/2011

The Circuit: World leaders talk with tech leaders, Walden blasts FCC report, privacy bill of rights

LEADING THE DAY: Tech leaders and heads of state are gathered in Paris’s Tuileries Gardens this morning to kick off the e-G8 Summit, a two-day event organized by French President Nicholas Sarkozy. Attendees include Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos.

The summit will aim to help policy makers understand how to best regulate the Internet while encouraging growth. Those interested can follow the conversation on Twitter through the summit’s account, @eg8forum, or by using the hashtag #eg8.

Leap opposes AT&T, T-Mobile merger: In advance of Thursday’s merger hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, The Washington Post reported that Leap Wireless has come out against AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The smaller, regional carrier said the deal would put too much power in the hands of two wireless carriers.

Doug Hutcheson, chief executive of Leap, said in an interview that he disagrees with AT&T’s argument that removing T-Mobile, a low-price leader, would drive more business to smaller carriers like Leap. Hutcheson said the company will meet with the FCC and file comments opposing the merger.

Walden critical of FCC report: Rep. Greg Walden released a statement Monday criticizing the Federal Communications Commission report that said broadband is not being deployed in a “reasonable and timely fashion.” Walden, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce communications and technology subcommittee, said that although it’s true that parts of rural America are difficult to reach with broadband service, it’s disingenuous to say that broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a timely manner.

“The former only requires the FCC to consider reform of the Universal Service Fund; the latter is a claimed excuse to impose network neutrality and to further regulate the Internet,” Walden said in his statement.

Kerry, McCain make their privacy case: In an op-ed in the Hill on Monday night, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) outlined their argument for why the country needs the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights they proposed in April.

“Our legislation will ensure that businesses collecting personal information secure that information, tell people why their data is being collected and allow people to have a say in whether they want their information used,” the piece read. The senators also said that the bill would require companies to secure any data used in transactions with other companies and allows people to stop companies from using their personal information.

Apple defends app developers against patent suit: Apple came to its developers’ defense Monday, telling the company Lodsys to stop bothering its app makers about a patent infringement claim. Lodsys had served several app makers with lawsuits over alleged violations of its patent for in-app purchasing — a feature developers can build into their applications through Apple.

Apple responded with a letter yesterday saying that it has the licensing rights to the technology and that those rights extend to its developers, CNET reported. Morgan Reed, executive director of the app lobbying group the Association for Competitive Technology, praised Apple for its response in a Monday statement.

Sony hit with more attacks: Embattled electronics company Sony has suffered another breach, following a grim financial forecast that predicts the company will see a $3.2 billion annual loss this year. The security company Sophos and the Hacker News identified two attacks on Sony’s music sites in Greece and Japan. The Greece attack, conducted Sunday, is believed to have leaked some user information including names and some passwords; Sophos encouraged Greek users to reset their passwords.

The Japan attack, believed to be carried out Monday by the group Lulz Security, accessed user databases on the sites. The hackers left a message saying that the attacks are meant to embarrass Sony. According to Sophos, the database information published as a result of the attack does not contain names, passwords or other personally identifiable information.

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Tags:  Security, Privacy, IP, FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile, Leap Wireless, International, Facebook, Google, Amazon

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