All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Government’

Report: European Politicians Want To Break Up Google

Google has had plenty of battles throughout Europe for years, but now it could be facing its biggest yet. According to a new report, the European parliament is about to call for a break-up of the company, which would see its search business separated from the rest of the company. Wait, what? This is according to the Financial Times, which …

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Congressman Thomas Massie Voices Opposition To Marketplace Fairness Act

Congressman Thomas Massie on Tuesday voiced his opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, following in the footsteps of his Republican colleagues. Massie took to Facebook with the following message: Today I joined Senator Ted Cruz, Senator-elect Congressman Steve Daines, Congressman Walter Jones, Rep. Paul Gosar, Congressman Doug Lamborn and several groups at a press conference in opposition to the Internet …

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple & Other Tech Companies Call For Government Surveillance Reform

About a year ago, the Reform Government Surveillance coalition was formed. Today, it includes AOL, Apple, Drobpbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo. The companies have since maintained a website on the issue, and have now penned an open letter to the U.S. Senate as the USA Freedom Act comes up for a vote. The companies say the …

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Amazon Heads To Illinois With 1,000 Full-Time Jobs

Amazon announced that it intends to create over 1,000 full-time jobs and $75 million in investment in Illinois. The company was joined by Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) for the announcement. Amazon says it is beginning site selection activities, and plans to open its first facility in the state in 2015. It also plans to begin creating …

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Medium Now Counts Barack Obama Among Its Users

The White House announced that the president has joined Medium, the blogging platform Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched roughly a year ago. Lindsay Holst and Kori Schulman wrote in a post on The White House blog on Thursday: We’re really excited to announce that the White House joined Medium, a new, self-publishing platform that encourages people to share ideas and …

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Tea Leoni on David Duchovny and ‘Madam Secretary’

Tea Leoni dished recently about her split from X-Files actor David Duchovny as well as about her upcoming CBS show Madam Secretary. Not surprisingly, the two topics even merge. It was in Parade magazine that Leoni opened up about at least some of her feelings about the father of her children. “Listen, David gave me the two greatest gifts on …

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Google: Government Demands For User Data Up 150% Over Past Five Years

Google released its updated Transparency Report today. This is the tenth update, and shows the number of government demands the tech giant has received for user data in criminal investigations for the first half of the year. It also shows how such demands are growing in frequency. “Worldwide, the numbers continue to rise: excluding FISA and NSL demands, we’ve seen …

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Yahoo Threatened With $250K A Day In Fines For Not Releasing User Data

Court documents were released on Thursday, showing that the U.S. government threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 a day in 2008 if it didn’t comply with demands to provide communications from its users. The documents are very significant because they highlight how the government has made companies participate in the NSA’s infamous PRISM surveillance program. Over 1,500 documents relating to …

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Bing Joins The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Party

Google has had its “right to be forgotten” request form up and running since late May. Bing has now finally followed suit with its version. If you haven’t been following along with the “right to be forgotten” storyline, I suggest you catch up here. It’s just too much to keep rehashing for every related article. Bing’s tool consists of a …

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EU To Hold Meeting On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Next Week

It doesn’t seem like the whole mess that is the “right to be forgotten” is going to be thoroughly sorted out anytime soon, as regulators in Europe are now taking issue with Google’s implementation of the rules it is being forced to adopt. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the EU privacy officials have called a meeting for next …

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Chile UFO Investigation Leads To Surprising Outcome

The highly anticipated results of an investigation into an unidentified flying object was released by Chilean officials on July 3rd. The government agency responsible for the investigation was the Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena or CEFAA. The CEFAA is directly tasked with researching any bizarre incidents that occur in Chilean airspace. The event in question occurred in …

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Web Goes Ballistic Over FCC Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC is set to propose new rules related to net neutrality, and they’re not exactly in favor of it. In fact, according to reports, these rules would enable broadband providers to give preferential treatment to content providers who pay for access to “fast lanes”. So, you know, pretty much the opposite of net neutrality. Can any good come from …

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