The FCC may be near approval on Sprint, Softbank: A majority of commissioners from the Federal Communications Commission are reportedly willing to lend their support to approving a deal between Sprint and Japanese carrier Softbank, according to The Hill.
The deal, which has gotten the approval of the Department of Justice and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, would give Softbank a 70 percent stake in Sprint.
According to the report, acting FCC chairman Mignon Clyburn and Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have both said they will vote to approve the deal. FCC spokesman Justin Cole declined comment to the Hill.
State AG’s criticize YouTube ads: Attorneys general from Nebraska and Oklahoma have sent letters to Google asking the company to address material on its YouTube video site that they say promotes illegal behavior. The attorneys general also criticized Google for standing to make money off of these videos, which do occasionally run with automated ads.
“I’m deeply disappointed with Google’s lackadaisical attitude toward Internet safety and consumer protection,” said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning in a statement. “The company should be held accountable for profiting from a platform that perpetuates criminal activity.”
In a blog post last month, Google legal director Adam Barea addressed similar concerns about ads following comments from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
In a statement, Google said that its review teams keep an eye on content on YouTube “around the clock” to remove content that violates its policies, including content that may promote the sale of drugs.
“We take user safety seriously and have Community Guidelines that prohibit any content encouraging dangerous, illegal activities,” the company said in a statement. “We also have stringent advertising guidelines, and work to prevent ads appearing against any video, channel or page once we determine that the content is not appropriate for our advertising partners.”
Reddit users skew young, male: Six percent of American adults are using Reddit, the Pew Center for Internet and American Life reported in a study Wednesday, and users tend to skew toward young men.
The figure puts Reddit on par with other sites such as Tumblr, which also boasts a six percent reach. Though far behind Twitter or Facebook in users, the figure does show that Reddit is gaining visibility, particularly as it becomes a go-to platform for politicians and activists to reach members of the online world.
The site reported 71 million unique visitors in May and said it was on track to hit 5 billion page views this year. Last year, the site reported about 2 billion page views for the year and 34 million unique views in a month.
Apple said to be near TV deal with Time Warner: Apple is said to be nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable to allow the cable company’s subscribers to reach those who use Apple’s set-top box, Apple TV. According to Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources “with knowledge of the negotiations,” the companies plan to announce an agreement within a few months.
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