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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Verizon admits mistakes in handling 911 outages #thecircuit

Verizon updates on 911 outage: Verizon officials said that they did not know emergency service was out during the derecho storm that hit the Washington area last month, The Washington Post reported, until the company was contacted by the county.

A report to be released Wednesday shows that Verizon saw “significant problems”with its systems — problems that the company had previously denied.

In the report, the company said that it made mistakes in the way it handled the outage, and Verizon official Maureen Davis said that Verizon’s response was “insufficient for what we were dealing with.”

Spectrum deal approval expected: Federal regulators are reportedly closing in on approving a deal between Verizon Wireless and several cable companies for spectrum and cross-licensing, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Unnamed sources told the newspaper that the companies have agreed to place limits on the cross-promotional aspects of the deal to gain a nod from regulators.

Cybersecurity: Republican lawmakers are striking back against Democrats after Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others blamed Republicans for stalling cybersecurity legislation.

Nine GOP senators, including John McCain (Ariz.) and Charles Grassley (Iowa), said they “find it bizarre that some Democrats continue to charge Republicans with somehow shirking our responsibilities on national security.”

Democratic lawmakers have called on President Obama to use executive power to enact cybersecurity regulation.

Google and Frommer’s: Google’s aggressive push into the travel business continued Monday as the company snapped up the Frommer’s brand of guidebooks.

Google’s expansion into travel has run afoul of regulators in the past. In 2011, Google acquired the travel software firm ITA, a flight-booking service used by airlines and travel sites such as Orbitz. Some cautioned that the acquisition could allow Google to unfairly leverage its search market share to promote its own content; the Justice Department approved the deal in April 2011.

Critics of the ITA deal said Monday that the Frommer’s purchase raises similar issues, but others say that Google faces enough competition in the space to avoid scrutiny.

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