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Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, has received the annual American Horizon Award from the Media Institute, a Washington research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment.  Shapiro is the first recipient who does not come directly from the media industry.

Two subcommittees of the House Commerce Committee will run an unusual joint session, probably as soon as next week, to investigate the technology and uses of “behavioral targeting,” a controversial system that electronic marketers are exploring to reach specific online customers.The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet,  chaired by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), are expected to announce that their session will be held next Thursday, June 18.

Consumer Electronics Association President/CEO Gary Shapiro testified before Congress Wednesday, telling a committee that America is ready for June's DTV transition, and converter box supply shouldn't be a problem.

RadioShack Suffers Gains and Losses In the end, the summer was no vacation for RadioShack, while the company appoints James Gooch as executive vice president and chief financial officer, an executive who’s experience includes management roles in such corporations as Kmart, Sears Holdings, Helene Curtis and The Quaker Oats Company, the company loses COO Claire Babrowski when she announces her departure. Babrowski stepped up to temporarily act as president and CEO, after Dave Edmondson resigned following a controversy over false credentials on his education background months earlier. And later in the month, RadioShack divulges plans to reduce its workforce by anywhere from 400 to

Profit vs. Fair UseBy David DritsasWASHINGTON, D.C.—"I've never seen so much seriousness over bullshit." Those were the words of Chuck D, rap artist and founder of rapstation.com, summing up the events that have surrounded the Napster controversy. He had just come in from a Recording Industry Association of America press conference, which occurred right next door to The Digital Download: Public Access to Content in a Digital World conference held by the Consumer Electronics Association early last month. But if the conference showed anything, it was that many in the industry, as well as government officials, are approaching the topic with great concern. The

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