Google protest underwhelms; Apple in fight to claim iTV

> A protest over Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) "evil deal with Verizon and AT&T" didn't raise many hackles, or supporters, according to the reports that have filtered in. Event organizers, who organized the protest at Google's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters claim about 100 people showed up to cast stones (figuratively, not literally). Story.

> As predicted in this space just last Friday, Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) attempt to claim the term iTV as its own (and it does make sense along with iPad, ITouch, iPhone and IDea--not a real name) isn't going to come without a fight. Mike Large, acting director of communications at U.K. TV network iTV said the name is a "very strong brand" for his company and besides, "You only have to look at recent problems with iPhone 4 to see not everything Apple produces is gold dust." iOuch! Story.

> LG is reportedly being investigated by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on complaints that it infringed on patents held by Vizio that help digital TVs receive signals via cable delivery systems. Story.

> Although it's not necessarily a hotbed of technology innovation, New Zealand is apparently the launching pad for a new device developed by Remote Management Systems that connects with homes' existing wiring to boost broadband speeds up to 50 times. Story.

> Satellite providers WildBlue and HughesNet are pushing to get into the high-speed broadband game via satellite launches that will help them lower the prices that they now charge for broadband service and make them competitive with cable and satellite providers. Story.

And finally... comes word that Internet usage is the big thing these days in Russia, where about 43.3 million people or 30 percent of the population now access the Web at least once a month. Once those satellites start orbiting, those Russians will be on the Web all the time, we bet. Story.