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Newswatch 1.17.08: Your Internet Meter is Running

MSFT names Disney exec to CIO position

[NYT] Tony Scott, who most recently was CIO at Walt Disney, will take over that same role at Microsoft in February, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. Scott, who also will be a corporate vice president at Microsoft, replaces Stuart Scott, who departed the company in November.

The online meter is running

[Reuters] Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday it is planning a trial to bill high-speed Internet subscribers based on their amount of usage rather than a flat fee, the standard industry practice. The company believes the billing system will impact only heavy users, who account for around 5 percent of all customers but typically use more than half of the total network bandwidth.

GOOG.ORG grants $25m

[Forbes] Five million dollars is going to an organization called InSTEDD (for Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters), which looks for gaps in information flow among relief and response organizations. Another $2 million has been given to a nongovernmental organization in India called Pratham, which conducts large-scale assessments on the delivery and quality of education to the poor.

YHOO supports OpenID

[PCW] People with a Yahoo user name and password will be able to use that ID information to access non-Yahoo Web sites that support the OpenID 2.0 digital identity framework, reducing the amount of different log-in information people need to create, remember and enter online.

Facebook game Scrabulous faces Hasbro ire

[News.com] Game companies Hasbro, which distributes Scrabble in North America, and Mattel, which is responsible for its overseas trademarks, have reportedly asked Facebook to remove the game from its application directory. And you can tell it's a serious legal matter because nobody's talking.