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State Department Bureau Spent $630,000 Garnering Facebook Likes State Department Bureau Spent $630,000 Garnering Facebook Likes
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In your “why-the-hell” story of the day, it appears that a federal agency spent $630,000 in a campaign to acquire Facebook likes over the last couple of years. The Bureau of International Information Programs, part of the U.S. Department of …

Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold? Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold?
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Back in May, the bipartisan congressional Privacy Caucus sent an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking for clarification on Google Glass and the privacy issues that come with the device. In early June, Google VP, Public Policy and …

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray Resigning

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today announced that he will be resigning his position in government. Murray has been the state’s lieutenant governor since 2007. Before that, he served as the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts. Murray announced his resignation today …

Bin Laden Death Photos Won’t Be Released, Thanks To Court Ruling
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Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled today that the U.S. government can keep death photos of Osama bin Laden secret. There are apparently over fifty of them. Bin Laden was …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged, Faces Possible Death Penalty
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Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon bombings on on April 15. He has been charged specifically with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of …

Joe Biden Is Talking About Guns On Google+ Again Joe Biden Is Talking About Guns On Google+ Again
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In January, Vice President Joe Biden participated in a Google+ hangout, discussing gun violence. Today, he will do so again. This is part of the White House’s series of fireside hangouts. Biden will discuss reducing gun violence with mayors from …

U.S. State Department To Kick Off Google+ Hangout Series U.S. State Department To Kick Off Google+ Hangout Series

Google announced today that the U.S. Department of State is launching a series of Google+ Hangouts, starting Friday, April 19 with one featuring Secretary of State John Kerry. The series follows various hangouts this year from members of the Obama …

Should The Post Office Keep Saturday Mail? Should The Post Office Keep Saturday Mail?
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There has been talk of the United States Postal Service ending Saturday mail delivery for years now. In recent months it appeared to be getting closer to reality. Do you want to see Saturday mail stay, or is it better …

White House April Fools’ Video Features Kid Making Fart Noises

Even the White House is getting in on the April Fools’ fun today. Here’s a “special message from the President” that WhiteHouse.gov shared via its YouTube channel this morning: The fart noises are a nice touch. The kid is Robbie …

Online Sales Tax Law Closer To Reality? Online Sales Tax Law Closer To Reality?
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Last week, Senators Mike Enzi and Dick Durbin were accused of trying to “sneak” through legislation similar to the controversial Marketplace Fairness Act as a budget amendment. They succeeded in getting that through the Senate. The basic premise of the …

CNIL Still Speaking Out Against Google Privacy Policy CNIL Still Speaking Out Against Google Privacy Policy
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French privacy watchdog CNIL is press Google on privacy changes again, several months after it called on the company to give users more control. As you may know, Google consolidated a slew of its various privacy policies last year into …

Postal Service Cuts Saturday Deliveries, But Who Will Be Most Affected? Postal Service Cuts Saturday Deliveries, But Who Will Be Most Affected?
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The USPS has been the topic of much debate over the past couple of years as it reviews its options now that the digital world has seemingly rendered mail service near-obsolete. Though widespread email use has all but eliminated the …

Google Outlines What It’s Doing To Protect Your Data From The Government Google Outlines What It’s Doing To Protect Your Data From The Government
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With today being Data Privacy Day, Google took to several of its blogs to outline three initiatives it says it is focused on, related to privacy as it pertains to protection of consumers’ information and government requests. The company will …

Yelp Now Displays Health Inspection Scores for Restaurants in Participating Cities Yelp Now Displays Health Inspection Scores for Restaurants in Participating Cities
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Yelp has partnered with the local governments in San Francisco and New York to put health inspection scores on the pages of the cities’ restaurants. It’s part of a bigger open data initiative, however, that Yelp hopes will enable other …

The White House Just Uploaded This Stephen Hawking Video

The White House uploaded this brief video of Stephen Hawking to its official YouTube channel today. The clip comes from an August 2009 interview. “As a small boy, I used to take things apart,” says Hawking. “I wanted to find …

#Mintthecoin Campaign Proposes Trillion Dollar Coin As A Solution To The Debt Ceiling
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#Mintthecoin is a simple Twitter hashtag campaign – it’s asking the government to mint a platinum coin worth $1 trillion. This coin would then be deposited at the Federal Reserve to avert the debt ceiling that now looms on the …

U.S. State Department Talks About Google And North Korea U.S. State Department Talks About Google And North Korea

Earlier this week, news came out that Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was planning a trip to North Korea. He would reportedly be travelling with New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. The subject came up in a press briefing with the …

Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case
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The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has sent a letter to the FTC requesting the commission outline how it views its authority to regulate Google’s business practices with regards to competition. Google, as you may …

Google: Government Requests Continue To Increase Around The World Google: Government Requests Continue To Increase Around The World

Google just updated its transparency report, showing that government requests are on the rise. The new report looks at data about government requests from January to June. “This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has …

Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links
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Google prepared a note about a proposal by French lawmakers and backed by French news publsihers, which want search engines to license all of their content. Publishers want to be paid for the privilege of linking to their content. Obviously, …

Minnesota Gets Tough on the Enemy That Is Free, Online Education Minnesota Gets Tough on the Enemy That Is Free, Online Education
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Free online education platform Coursera says they are “education for everyone.” But after a decision by one U.S. state, they may have to throw an “almost” into that motto. In a truly baffling display of governmental ignorance, the state of …