Laura Rozen quickly picked up yesterday on one striking nugget in the Obama administration's new review of the Christmas Day bomb incident. The report's summary reveals that the State Department didn't know that Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab held a U.S. visa because of a misspelling. Seems perhaps like a pedestrian finding. But it actually seems to be a rather important bit, because it indicates an out-dated relationship between user and information.
My holiday gift to you is a topic of dinner table conversation that, if my experience is any guide, can bring about a rare moment of unanimity regardless of the politics of your assorted relatives. I happened to casually mention during a holiday get together this past weekend that Congress is hot on the case of how loud TV commercials get compared to regular programming.
On Black Friday, I picked up a sweet 32" Samsung HD TV for about $500. That's not nothing, but it occurred to me after I left Best Buy that the full suite of cutting edge technology I own can today be had for a few thousand dollars (even less if you go MacBook instead of MacBook Pro, get the $99 iPhone, etc.). That's rather amazing, and it means that I can whip up creative content in a way that would blow the minds of gear heads even a decade ago. It doesn't mean, though, that anyone is going to necessarily listen to once I post it online.
Ars Technica's Matthew Lasar has a good rundown of what's in the FCC's first national broadband plan status report -- and the total lack of language on open access that has broadband advocates nervous about how ambitious the final plan, due on Obama's desk in mid-February, will be.
One bright spot in the decade it's taken for the House to finally pass a very good bill on community radio licensing might be that all this haggling is defining a place for LPFM (short for "low-power FM") in the regulated media landscape.