Gautham Nagesh at the Wall Street Journal (who was also the first to reveal many of the details of Tom Wheeler’s original net neutrality proposal) had a story last night confirming the buzz over the last few weeks that Wheeler is now exploring a new set of “hybrid” net neutrality rules that appear, on their face, to take parts of the plans that consumer groups want and parts of what the broadband players want… and comes out, in the end, with a plan that almost no one wants. There is something to the old saying that a good compromise leaves everyone a little unhappy, but it appears that the rules being contemplated right now might leave nearly everyone really unhappy. It’s not clear that’s a good result.

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OTTAWA—Canada’s privacy watchdog said Wednesday that Google Inc. violated the country’s privacy laws after it used a person’s Internet searches about a personal health matter to tailor advertisements he would see when surfing online.

Google, whose ability to track individuals’ online activity has drawn concern and ire from privacy advocates and government authorities, cooperated with the watchdog’s investigation and is “pleased to be resolving the issue,” a company spokeswoman said. The watchdog, meanwhile, said it received assurances from the Mountain View, Calif., Internet-search company that it would take steps to prevent future such occurrences, with a series of agreed-upon measures to be implemented by June. 

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