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Internet Radio Is Saved By Congress

There is new hope for Pandora and other webcasters, but any deal is far from done.

Twitter Congress Controversy

The New York Times, tomorrow, has an article about the controversy over using Internet communications tools like Qik and Twitter and whether they should be allowed to be used by members of Congress.

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Loose Tweets Sink Fleets, Congressman

US Representative John Culberson (R-TX) tweeted loudly in the spirit of Paul Revere:

"They want to require prior approval of all posts to any public social media/internet/www site by any member of Congress!!!"

Congressional Concerns Confront Google-Yahoo Deal

Antitrust concerns aside, or at least within the purview of another committee, both houses of Congress face the need to consider regulation of online advertising.

Telecom Immunity Bill Delayed For Now
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Voting on a bill to give telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for participating in the government’s warrantless electronic surveillance program was originally scheduled for today. The Democrats, who are suddenly discovering they may have a set of cojones after all, have successfully delayed renewal of the speciously titled "Protect America Act," at least until next week.

PRO IP Bill Slammed By Bloggers
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The priorities of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (“PRO IP”) Act of 2007 have been criticized on several points.

Adam Bosworth Reemerges On Web Health Scene

Google’s former health project leader will provide the closing keynote address for the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology conference.

Scrutinize Google, DoubleClick, Says Congress

DC lawmakers want the Federal Trade Commission to do more than rubber-stamp Google’s $3.1 billion DoubleClick acquisition.

Congress Leaves Out Telco Immunity (For Now)

There may be hope yet for the idea that our government actually works for us. Two bills, one in the House, and one in the Senate Judiciary Committee, passed without giving blanket retroactive immunity to telephone companies that willingly aided the Bush Administration in illegally spying on the American people.

Government Still Questioning GoogleClick

The FTC has not yet confirmed Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick. Last week’s town meeting on the subject of behavioral targeting hasn’t changed that.

Yahoo FireEagle To Enable Geolocation

Fights over the search market are far from over, but companies appear to have picked out the mobile market as their next battleground.  And with a service known as FireEagle, Yahoo might well gain an early advantage on this front.

Yahoo Apologizes To U.S. Congress

Michael Callahan, an executive president and general council at Yahoo has apologized to lawmakers for offering faulty information about the company working with a Chinese government request for user information about a journalist who was later jailed.

Stars Of Poker Lobby Washington To Play Online

A group of about 100 people arrived in Washington this week to lobby for the legalization of online poker.  And considering that many of the 100 people are among America’s top poker players, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against them.

Congress Mulls Fines For Cooperation With China

Have a seat; your hypocrisy detectors are about to blow. First the good news: The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the Global Online Freedom Act, which would penalize companies like Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco for aiding countries like China spy on political dissidents.

A Neutral Net Will Save The Watchdogs

Something is starkly wrong when diametrically opposed ideologues join hands in public to protest something else. That something wrong, in a nutshell: the government and communications companies working in concert to erode the freedoms that made our country great.

eBay Presses Congress For Internet Tax Ban

Brian Bieron, eBay’s senior director of federal government relations testified before the House Small Business Committee and said that small businesses would be negatively impacted if a permanent ban on Internet access taxes were not implemented.

EFF Reminds AT&T What It Said The First Time

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a reminder to AT&T (and the rest of us) that at one time the company resisted government pressure to spy on US citizens, and even publicized it.

Congress Readies Invites For Google, DoubleClick
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Big names in online advertising attracted attention in Congress, as House Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) announced his intention to investigate antitrust implications in Google’s proposed DoubleClick acquisition.

OMB Updates Earmarks Database

The federal Office of Management and Budget has made a couple of tweaks to the Earmarks database they maintain.

DC To Webcasters: Drop Dead
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Whatever happens with web radio from this point forward will depend on whatever concessions webcasters can wrest from SoundExchange and the record labels that back it.

File-Sharing Could Get University Funding Cut?
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So as state-funded university tuition rises faster than the inflation rate, grants are becoming nonexistent, and students are actually looking abroad to complete their education cheaper and in half the time, Congressmen cozy with the RIAA are threatening to cut their funding more if they don’t play ball with the recording labels.