Issa asks for FTC investigation: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking for an investigation of leaks about the Google settlement made to press outlets before the information was public.
As first reported by Mashable, Issa said that these leaks were illegal. The letter was sent to FTC inspector general Scott Wilson and dated Jan. 3.
As the Hill reported, Issa has previously raised concerns about the FTC’s handling of the Google case, and has mentioned leaks as a problem in the past.
Screen makers innovate as devices proliferate: Screens are a main focus of the consumer electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas this week, International CES. As The Washington Post reported, ultra-high definition screens, flexible screens and wearable screens are all the rage this year as companies answer a growing demand for consumer devices that communicate with each other.
“It’s a multi-screen world, and the trend is that they’re all connected,” Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Research, told The Post. “It’s less about the device than it is about the screen size, how it’s connected and where it will be used.”
Group buys Hagel domain name: A Pro-Israel group, the Emergency Committee for Israel, has bought the domain name “ChuckHagel.com” to lobby against the Republican senator’s nomination to be Defense secretary.
As The Hill reported, the group is using the domain to fight the nomination and call attention to remarks Hagel has made in the past about Israel, Hamas and Iran.
Roku, Time Warner Cable: Roku and Time Warner Cable struck a CES deal that will put some of the cable company’s content into Roku’s streaming devices.
Announcing their new partnership in time for the International CES, Time Warner Cable said its subscribers will have access to up to 300 streaming channels through Roku devices at launch. The cable company did not specify which of its 29 national markets will gain access to the service. Roku has also added six new television manufacturers to its list of partners.
“As demand for streaming entertainment continues to grow, there is more interest from consumer electronics manufacturers, particularly TV makers, who are looking to introduce streaming features to their devices,” Roku spokeswoman Ha Thai wrote in a company blog post. “Rather than invest in building and maintaining their own platforms, many are turning to Roku.”