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Facebook Will Give Your Mobile Phone, Address Info to Developers Again
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Remember last month, when Facebook announced it was granting access to users’ mobile phone numbers and home addresses to third-party developers (upon users granting permission)? Soon after, the company suspended the feature as privacy concerns quickly escalated. 

FairSearch Asks Congress, DOJ To Challenge Google-ITA Deal

Whether you agree or disagree with its cause, FairSearch, the organization that exists for the sole purpose of stopping Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, deserves credit for its resolve.  Today, FairSearch addressed letters to every member of Congress, asking them to contact the Department of Justice.

Google Could Have Collected WiFi Data From Members Of Congress
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Google’s Street View cars could have recorded communications from some members of Congress, involved in national security issues, via unencrypted WiFi connections, according to an investigation by Consumer Watchdog’s InsideGoogle.

Rep. Jane Harman, D-CA, chair of the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee and former member of the Intelligence Committee has at least one wireless network in her Washington, D.C., home that could have been breached by Google.

Lawmakers Benefit From Online Town Hall Meetings

Online town hall meetings with a member of congress has significant and positive impact on a voter’s view of a lawmaker and increases the likelihood that they will become more politically engaged, according to research form the Congressional Management Foundation.

YouTube Asks Users To Engage Congress
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YouTube is expanding its Senate Hub and House Hub channels to make it easier for people to communicate with their members of Congress.

The YouTube Blog offers details. "Each week, we’ll highlight a video from a member of Congress that solicits questions or input from you about the country’s most pressing issues."

Congress Tells Martin He Officially Sucks

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin won’t be leaving his post with his legacy in tact or without a kick to the backside from Congress.

Net Neutrality A Likely Reality In 2009
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Once the election smoke has cleared, Congress appears poised to pass Network Neutrality legislation. With promises from the Obama campaign about upholding neutrality principles, any remaining FCC opposition will be left standing out on a weak limb.

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.