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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 …

Amazon Web Services Is A Hit Among Government Agencies Amazon Web Services Is A Hit Among Government Agencies

Amazon, Google and other cloud storage companies have found great success in the private sector by offering storage solutions to consumers and companies alike. Negotiating contracts with the public sector is an entirely different beast altogether, but Amazon has emerged …

What One Billion Facebook Users Means to Prominent U.S. Politicians What One Billion Facebook Users Means to Prominent U.S. Politicians

We knew it was bound to happen sooner rather than later. After reporting 955 million monthly active users in their May IPO filing, Facebook just announced last Thursday that they had crossed the 1 billion users threshold. According to the …

House Passes Resolution To Protect Open Internet, Google Applauds House Passes Resolution To Protect Open Internet, Google Applauds

The United States House of Representatives passed a Concurrent Resolution aimed at preserving and advancing “the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived.” The resolution recognizes the importance of the Internet to the global economy, and access to …

Facebook Urges Congress To Work On Fan Engagement Facebook Urges Congress To Work On Fan Engagement

Let’s face it; not everyone in Congress is adept at operating their social media accounts. Although some House and Senate members have jumped on the bandwagon and found that sites like Facebook are just another way to interact with their …

Study Claims That 1/3 Americans Believe In UFOs

Do you believe in UFOs? I know that I certainly do even though I have never even come close to seeing one. It is very hard for me to believe that in the billions of years that this universe has …

Google Still Granting 93% of User Data Requests to U.S. Gov’t Google Still Granting 93% of User Data Requests to U.S. Gov’t
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Google released it’s semi-annual Transparency Report for July to December 2011 over the weekend and, as always, there are some revealing insights into how the company handles requests for both user data and content removal from different governments around the …

Search Industry Vet Calls Upon FTC To Scrutinize Google (And Other Search Engines) Search Industry Vet Calls Upon FTC To Scrutinize Google (And Other Search Engines)
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Veteran search industry journalist Danny Sullivan has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, calling on the organization to look into the disclosure of paid listings in Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Nextag, Twenga, and TripAdvisor. Sullivan intros the letter, …

FAA Taps Microsoft Office 365 to Jump Into the Cloud FAA Taps Microsoft Office 365 to Jump Into the Cloud
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The Federal Aviation Administration is following in the footsteps of its fellow government agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the states of California and Nebraska, and the cities of New York and San Francisco by choosing Microsoft’s Office 365 …

Google Lets You Know When You’re Being Targeted By State-Sponsored Attacks Google Lets You Know When You’re Being Targeted By State-Sponsored Attacks
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Google announced that will start showing new warnings when it believes users’ accounts may be the target of state-sponsored attacks. Google says it will show the warnings when it has specific intelligence, though the company won’t share what that intelligence …

The CISPA And Facebook Love Affair The CISPA And Facebook Love Affair
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Some 800 private firms pledged their support to CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Critics are calling CISPA the new SOPA, with a small twist of course, it exonerates private firms of all liability and responsibility for their …

U.S. Dept. of Interior Chooses Google for Cloud-Based Services U.S. Dept. of Interior Chooses Google for Cloud-Based Services

After a couple of years of jockeying, Google has emerged over Microsoft to woo the U.S. Department of Interior into going with a Google Apps partner for the agency’s transition into cloud services. According to a Twitter post by Andy …

Why CISPA Could Do More Harm Than Good Why CISPA Could Do More Harm Than Good
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Are you familiar with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act? The bill, which is more commonly known as CISPA, is getting a considerable amount of criticism from both Internet and consumer advocates. Many of these groups are equating it with SOPA and are hoping that it will receive the same outcome.

Is the Internet Becoming Less Open? Is the Internet Becoming Less Open?
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Although the issue of Web openness has been mostly quiet of late, it was revived after Google’s Sergey Brin made some powerful statements to the Guardian. According to him, the freedom of the Internet is under a greater threat than it has ever been before.