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FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules For Better or Worse
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Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted Net Neutrality rules that have drawn very mixed reviews all across the political landscape. 

Rather than sugarcoat it or spin it in anyway, I’ll simply embed the statement from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (Via Brian Stelter), and you can make your own decision about whether it goes too far or doesn’t go far enough:

Court Ruling Protects Email Privacy
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A ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the government has to have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by service providers, and that email privacy is protected by the fourth amendment. 

The ruling came in an appeal of Warshak v. United States, a case which is described by the EFF in the following manner:

Should Marketers Be Worried About New FTC Proposal?

The online marketing industry has been shaken by a new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has issued the proposal of a framework for balancing consumer privacy and innovation online. The proposal includes a "do not track" mechanism, which the FTC says would likely be a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers, so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.

Federal Agency Moves Email Completely to Cloud with Google
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The United States General Services Administration (GSA) is moving 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government, reportedly replacing their use of several different versions of IBM’s Lotus Notes and Domino Software. Microsoft isn’t thrilled. 

Google Visualizes U.S. Budget Data with Public Data Charts
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Back in March, Google launched a Google Labs experiment called Public Data Explorer. In the time since its launch, the company has used it to visualize data from the Census Bureau, Energy Information Administration, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

EU Launches Search and Advertising Antitrust Investigation Against Google
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Update 2: Google has posted a response on its Public Policy Blog.

Is Talking Bad About the Boss on Facebook Grounds for Termination?
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If the U.S. Army isn’t that strict about what its soldiers can say on social media channels (as long as no lives are on the line), then perhaps you should be a little lenient with your employees too. At least …

Watch the Election Results on YouTube

You can watch the elections on YouTube tonight if that is your preferred video hub or if you’re not near a television (though you can still watch them there from your TV if it’s connected). At 9PM, the CBS YouTube channel will stream the results live. 

Twitter Provides Election Info In a Variety of Ways

Twitter is pointing to some key accounts to follow to keep up with the conversation around the elections today. You can follow the Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, or Libertarians.

Facebook Provides Users With Election Resources

Facebook shared some things with us that it is doing to help people vote in the upcoming elections. "Tomorrow is Election Day and Facebook is committed to encouraging people who use our service to participate in the democratic process. As a result, Facebook is focused on ensuring that all of our users know where they can participate in this year’s elections," Facebook’s Andrew Noyes said in an email.

Easily Find Local Election Info with Tools from Google

With the midterm elections taking place tomorrow, Google is highlighting some tools it offers to help voters make their decisions. This is not a new concept for Google, but it’s one that many may still find useful.

Google’s Election Center is available to users as an "experimental" service. It lets election officials provide data directly to Google for use in search tools. 

When Tweeting with URL Shorteners Goes Wrong
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Former eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman is of course running for Governor of California. A spokesperson working for her has provided us all with a lesson about being careful with our social media content, and to always check our links before we share them with the world. 

Study: State CISOs Lack the Funding for Data Protection

Deloitte and the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) are sharing the results of a joint Cyber Security Survey, finding that State Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) lack the funding, programs, resources and tools to adequately protect their citizens’ data, especially when compared to their counterparts who serve private sector enterprises.

Is Google’s Transparency Sufficient?
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Google has released what it is calling the Transparency Report, which shows the number of government inquiries for information about users and requests for Google to take down or censor content, as well as interactive traffic graphs that show information about traffic to Google around the world. 

Google Works on White Spaces Trial for Hospital in Ohio

Google has teamed up with Spectrum Bridge and the Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, Ohio on the deployment of the first TV White Spaces broadband trial network for healthcare providers. The solution enables healthcare providers to utilize affordable broadband while providing data transmission for telemedicine applications.

Privacy Issues All Over the Place This Week
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There has been a lot of discussion about privacy in the news this past week, and surprisingly, not a whole lot of it has had to do with Facebook. Is the Facebook privacy concern fading? Feel free to discuss your concerns with that in the comments

Court Rules Government Must Get Warrant to Access Cell Phone Location Data
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According to the EFF, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that federal law allows judges the discretion to require that the government obtain a probable cause search warrant before accessing cell phone location data. 

Google Draws New Round of Scrutiny Over ITA Deal

Even before an acquisition was announced, talks between Google and ITA software were causing a stir in the travel industry. Once Google announced its intent to acquire the company at the beginning of July for $700 million, plenty of talk about regulatory obstacles ensued.

Google Aims to Separate Fact from Fiction Around Net Neutrality Proposal
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Update: Wired is reporting that Net neutrality group Free Press and MoveOn.org will lead a protest at Google’s headquarters Friday.

Google Taps Secretary of State Staff for “Ideas”
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Google will reportedly be launching a "global think tank" called Google Ideas at some point. This according to Fortune’s Seth Weintraub. To lead the initiative Google is reportedly hiring none other than Jared Cohen of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff.

Cohen is known for is role in last year’s Iran protests and Twitter’s relationship to them. From Wikipedia:

Net Neutrality Protests Underway at Google HQ
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The protesting has begun outside of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. This is in response to Google’s joint proposal with Verizon released earlier this week over net neutrality legislation. Mark Hachman posted the photo below to TwitPic.