John Paczkowski

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Genachowski Gets the FCC Gig

At long last it’s official: President Obama on Tuesday afternoon nominated Julius Genachowski as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, confirming an appointment that was widely viewed as inevitable. “I can think of no one better than Julius Genachowski to serve as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,” Obama said in a statement announcing the nomination. “He will bring to the job diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service.”

A longtime friend of Obama’s, Genachowski served as an adviser on technology policy during the 2008 campaign. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. He’s a ’Net Neutrality advocate. And more importantly, he’s generally well respected by industry and consumer-activist groups alike–something that wasn’t particularly true of former Chairman Kevin Martin. Under his leadership, industry insiders expect the FCC to be far more transparent than it was during Martin’s reign. Here’s hoping that proves true.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik