RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: FCC lawsuit on municipal broadband; the next big front for cloud competition; Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth soars; and why social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are among the lowest-scoring companies in the nation when it comes to customer satisfaction.

FCC may face lawsuit on municipal broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission will face a lawsuit if it tries to invalidate state laws that restrict the ability of cities and towns to offer Internet service, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week. Such a move would infringe on states’ rights protected by the Constitution, the group claimed. Wheeler has not said when the FCC will take action.

Read the full letter here. The NCSL’s membership includes both government officials and executives from private companies including Comcast and AT&T.

Next big front for cloud competition: Location

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Now that we’re seeing intense competition in the cloud infrastructure market, vendors are looking for as many ways to differentiate itself as possible. Big wallets are required to build the infrastructure, and picking the right locations to deploy that capital is becoming an important choice. Cloud vendors can be innovative on a product or technical level, but location is just as important — so, which geographies does your cloud vendor have data centers in and why does that matter?

Read full story on GigaOM.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg rolling in it

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook posted its second quarter earnings last week, and clearly it had some spectacular numbers to flaunt. Facebook hasn’t just exceeded Wall Street expectations, but is now being valued more than AT&T and even Coke. Word is that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is wealthier than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin with reported net worth now of $33.3 billion, while also surpassing the net worth of Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos.

Read full story on Tech2 News

America’s most-hated social media company is…

SILICON VALLEY, Calif. – Many Americans find social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn downright irritating, despite the fact that we spend hours a day perusing them. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released on Tuesday, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are among the lowest-scoring companies in the nation. Indeed, social media is the fourth-lowest scoring category of companies in terms of customer satisfaction, with a score of 71 out of 100, finishing ahead of only Internet service providers (63), cable/subscription TV companies (65) and airlines (69).

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