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Newswatch 1.31.08: C block auction is over

And the winner is ...

[NYT] In the second round of bidding in the government’s spectrum auction today, there were no new bids for the C block of frequencies, the most attractive license that will allow someone to start or add to a national wireless voice and data network. The high bid from this morning stands at $4,713,823,000. Since the rules would require anyone else who wanted to buy those frequencies to bid in this round, it appears that there is no one else trying to compete.

Will Middle East outage affect outsourcing?

[CNN] Reports say that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain Pakistan and India, are all experiencing severe problems.

Problems in the Air

[Macworld] Apple’s Web site warned that older bases stations using a draft specification of the 802.11n wireless networking standard may implement what the company called a “wide” channel in the 2.4GHz range that could interfere with the MacBook Air, which conforms to more recent draft specifications. Apple recommended changing older base stations to use the 5GHz channels or to upgrade the base station to a newer model.

MySpace launches dev network

[WaPo] Interested developers will be able to sign up on the site to receive information about the MySpace Developer Platform, announced in October. Then next Tuesday, the developer site will become fully operational and feature documentation and API tools to build and test applications for MySpace, the world's most popular social networking service.

TSA launches a blog to answer questions

[CompWorld] SA Administrator Kip Hawley noted on the blog that there is no time for agency personnel to answer passenger questions during the airport screening process. Screeners have no time to explain to passengers why they are asked to do certain things and can only demand that they follow orders. The blog, he said, provides a forum to explain processes and to allow passengers to suggest changes to the TSA checkpoint processes.

Lessig gives farewell copyright speech

Creative Commons founder and Stanford professor Lawrence Lessig is giving his final presentation on Free Culture, Copyright and the future of ideas at Stanford's Memorial Auditorium on January 31st, 2007. After 10 years of enlightening and inspiring audiences around the world with multi-media presentations that inspired the Free Culture movement, Professor Lessig is moving on from the copyright debate and setting his sites on corruption in Washington. Stanford Memorial Auditorium, 1 pm

Foremski on Newsgang

[Newsgang.net] Tom will be on Steve Gillmor's Newsgang at 2:00 today. Call in to 800-704-9804, listener code 352337. Or check out the Twitter feeds at newsgang and tomforemski.