Media News Briefing for Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22nd, 2010

Corporations and unions can now spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. (Associated Press) (Los Angeles Times) (New York Times)

The ruling is seen as a big boon to Republicans and a major blow for Democrats. (Los Angeles Times)

There will be more special interest political ads, and more confusion for voters. (Associated Press)

Progressive talk radio network Air America has signed off. It had begun in April 2004 and though many affiliates had weaker signals it included Buffalo 50,000 watt clear channel WWKB 1520 and for a time Cincinnati 50,000 watt clear channel WCKY 1530. (All Access) (New York Times) (Associated Press) (Washington Post)

Sexting by teenagers – in which naked and even sexually explicit pictures are sent – is raising legal issues. (Hartford Courant)

Technology use by children is up, and parents are losing ground. (Associated Press)

Forget the iPod or Internet: children still love TV. (New York Daily News)

The FBI used a variety of controversial and possibly illegal methods to obtain phone records in war on terror investigations, says a U.S> Justice Department report. (Los Angeles Times)

Chinese hackers pose a growing threat to U.S. firms. (Los Angeles Times)

Microsoft and Apple are in talks on how to replace Google as the default search engine on the iPhone. (Bloomberg News)

Apps limit telephone use in the automobile. (Boston Globe)

Will U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown’s wife Gail Huff keep her reporting job at Boston ABC affiliate WCVB channel 5? (Boston Globe)

NBC is haunted by its knockout bid for the Olympics. (New York Times)

Eleven networks are telecasting a Haiti telethon. (New York Times)

Google’s ad sales rose 17% in the last quarter. (New York Times)

Google: the mobile Web could be better than the PC Web. (New York Times)

Google or not, Motorola is pushing forward on the Android in China. (New York Times)

Microsoft plugs a security hole used in the attacks on Google. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Amazon cracks open the Kindle. (New York Times)

Amazon allows some publishers and authors to opt out of the e-book program. (New York Times)

Amazon is offering authors a bigger cut of book sales, but is snubbing book publishers. (Los Angeles Times)

Can a supermarket tabloid newspaper like the National Enquirer win a Pulitzer Prize? (Washington Post)

A new nonprofit media group to cover the San Francisco Bay Area is one step closer to launch. (Associated Press) (San Francisco Chronicle)

The U.S. takes aim at China on Internet censorship. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Electronics firms are focusing on wireless technology, and replacing the mess of wires in the living room. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems is cleared by the European Union. (San Jose Mercury News)

Intel’s profits prompt bigger bonuses. (San Jose Mercury News)

Milwaukee public TV station WMVT channel 36 is offering a help line. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The FCC plans to expand limits on robocalls. (Denver Post)

CNN’s viewership has doubled with its Haiti coverage, but the Fox News Channel is still on top. (Los Angeles Times)

In the Internet TV race, Boxee and Roku get a boost from adult video. (Los Angeles Times)

Four countries clear the hurdle for non-Latin Web names. (Associated Press)

Firefox and Opera downloads soar after IE warnings. (Computer World)

Bill Gates launches Gates Notes to share his thoughts. (Computer World)

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is looking for Facebook friends. (Associated Press)

Twitter’s growth starts losing steam, a study says. (Computer World)

Freedom Communications files a new bankruptcy plan. (Associated Press)

Box.net claims edge over Sharepoint and Google docs. (Computer World)

One in five consumers are likely to buy the Apple Tablet computer, a poll says. (Computer World)

The Italian justice system is battling techn ophobes. (IDG News Service)