Congress Is Officially Paying Attention to the Epsilon Breach

Have no fear, you consumers worried about the Epsilon data breach. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, and other members of Congress, are on the case.

FCC Vote: Reactions Are Pouring In

Now that the FCC’s vote on net neutrality rules is official, reactions are pouring in from every quarter. No one seems especially happy.

Intern Becomes Real Live Blog Dude–ATD Hires Drake Martinet

It is always nice when an intern makes good, and that is entirely the case with Drake Martinet, who joins All Things Digital–as of yesterday, in fact. We could not be happier. Plus, we knew he was our kind of geek after he agreed to spend the night in a tent next to Robert Scoble, to cover last year’s Apple iPad release. Drake will be working on a range of things for ATD, from social and multimedia efforts to site analytics to discovering and writing about promising but nascent tech start-ups.

Exclusive: SB Nation Raises $10.5 Million in Khosla Ventures-Led Series C Round

SB Nation, the Washington, D.C.-based sports blog and news start-up, has just completed a $10.5 million Series C round, which is being led by Khosla Ventures, according to sources. SB Nation has already raised about $13 million in total venture funding from Accel Partners, Allen & Company, Comcast Interactive Capital, as well as angel investors such as Ted Leonsis and others in Silicon Valley.

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Twitter Makes a Capital Hire

One of the signs that a young company is reaching puberty is the development of its political organ, and by that measure, our little Twitter is growing up. The company has hired its first Washington, D.C., employeeAdam Sharp, an executive producer at C-SPAN and former top staffer for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Sharp will not be serving as a policy lobbyist but rather an evangelist/liaison/facilitator, helping members of Congress and the executive branch use Twitter to connect with constituents.

Here's AOL's Now-Live New Homepage (And Welcome Back to the Adorkable Lindsay Campbell)

Today, BoomTown interviewed AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, along with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, at the Online News Association Conference in Washington, D.C., about the future of journalism on the Web. Afterward, I talked to him about the future of content on AOL, most particularly its new homepage revamp that focuses intently on editorial “curation,” rather than the more social direction being taken by rival Yahoo. After the jump is a screenshot of the new homepage, which is rolling out right now.

Pandora's Tim Westergren Speaks!

Here’s an interesting video interview BoomTown did last week with Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer and founder of Pandora Media, where I interviewed him at “The Future of Music” forum in Washington, D.C. The former musician has ridden all the various bumps the Internet radio station has endured since its founding in 2000. Now, with a stable and growing revenue stream turbocharged by a popular mobile app and about 50 million users, Westergren talks about what’s next for Pandora.

From the Department of the Obvious: Poll Finds Parents Are Worried About Privacy on Social Networks

A national poll released today by Common Sense Media asking how well social networks protect kids online produced an answer that should come as a shock to exactly no one: Not very well, at least according to parents. A full 75 percent of them gave social networking sites such as Facebook a negative rating for the task.


Bringing the iPad to the People

Though Apple’s iPad doesn’t go on sale until Saturday, AllThingsD‘s own Katie Boehret carried one to downtown Washington, D.C., to get people’s first impressions of the device.

How to Report Snow

No need to watch current coverage of today’s weather. Last month’s coverage of Britain’s weather will suffice.