· When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small stake in the company.
· Amid signs the Federal Trade Commission is ratcheting up its investigation of Google Inc., GOOG +0.08% the search giant is returning fire by stepping up a public relations campaign to make the case that its activities don’t violate antitrust law.
· Commercial-free prime-time shows—the Holy Grail of TV watchers—has come to Dish Network Corp. DISH +1.17%
· In the Lone Star State, the Stop Online Piracy Act is a pesky fly that Republican Rep. Lamar Smith can’t swat dead. Smith faces a new alliance of political action committee opposition from tech-sector activists who want to get back at him for sponsoring the anti-piracy bill by derailing his reelection.
· Internet freedom and issues like cybersecurity and copyright enforcement are “complementary, not contradictory,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said on Thursday.
· Verizon shareholders voted overwhelmingly Thursday against a proxy question that would have required the company to apply network neutrality principles to its growing wireless network.