All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Government’

Minnesota Government Shutdown Prompts Strong Twitter Response

It looks like the battle of the budget has claimed the state of Minnesota, or the government at least. But many on Twitter are quick to point out that although state parks are now shut down over the holiday weekend, you can still go camping in one of Minnesota’s beautiful private campgrounds. (No joke, this is one of the biggest …

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Should the Internet be Taxed?

On Friday, a new California state law goes into effect that will tax Internet sales through affiliate advertising. Rather than pay such taxes, online retailers like Amazon will instead shut down their affiliate programs in the state. For Amazon, that is said to come to 25,000 sites in California alone. Was this a wise move by the California government? Tell …

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FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity

Business Insider is running a report claiming “Twitter is under federal investigation” from the Federal Trade Commission. This is related to how the company has dealt with third-party apps: acquiring things like Tweetie and TweetDeck turning them into proprietary apps, shutting down third-party Twitter ad networks, and launching its own photo/video sharing functionality, effectively rendering third-party apps that provide such …

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White House Announces First Twitter Town Hall With Obama

The White House has just announced via their official Twitter account that the first Twitter Town Hall with President Obama is starting today. Twitter users are being asked to submit questions to the President from now until July 6th. Just tweet your questions “about the economy and jobs” with the hashtag #AskObama, and your question will have the chance to …

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N.J. Sexting Bill Would Send Teens to Sexting School

We all know that technology has made it so much easier these days for kids. I’m not even that old and I remember when I had to leave a message with my friend’s mom and wait for them to call me back. Landlines, I know, right? And social media allows teens instant contact with hundreds of their friends. Remember when …

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Chinese Photoshop Gaffe Goes Viral

To the scrutinizing eyes of the internet, no Photoshop disaster will go unnoticed. That doesn’t just apply to the Western web, but also to those in the East. Chinese internet users have taken a fairly egregious editing error and run with it. Late Sunday evening, an article was posted to the government website of Huili County, China. Huili county is …

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New Online Poker Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives

Are the wheels in motion for a federal overhaul of the online poker business? According to a release from the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, some members of the house are looking to regulate the game. Today, “influential member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce” Joe Barton introduced the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening …

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Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas

Mutterings of a a broad antitrust investigation of Google by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been heard for a few months now, and there is still nothing official yet. Neither the FTC nor Google has commented on this. The mutterings continue, however. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting (citing “people familiar with the matter”) that the FTC …

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NY State Senator Asks Twitter About Gay Marriage Vote

In a move of open communication and transparency (whether genuine of feigned), New York State Senator Greg Ball has asked his social media followers how they feel about the issue of marriage equality. Why has he asked them how they feel? Because his upcoming vote is critical to whether or not the legislation will ultimately be passed. The legislation in …

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Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny

Earlier this week, Google officially announced that it has agreed to acquire ad optimization firm AdMeld, and now, as expected it appears it will draw government scrutiny. Pretty standard really. Bloomberg is reporting that the $400 million deal will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice, citing two people familiar with the matter. Since all transactions over $63 million …

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NJ Supreme Court: Journalists’ Shield Law Doesn’t Apply to Message Boards

A very interesting ruling came out of the Supreme Court in New Jersey, seemingly drawing a line between “journalistic” channels and other information channels. Where that line is exactly, is not entirely clear. It’s even more interesting when you consider that social media has played such an enormous role in news in the last several years (a trend that only …

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Facebook, Twitter Banned on French TV

You thought some the rules lording over communication here in the States were infuriatingly pedantic, get a load of this: France’s broadcasting regulation organization, the CSA, has banned the casual use of the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on the air. The just issued decree cites an article from another decree issued in 1992. Paris-based writer Matthew Fraser notes that “the …

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