All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Government’

Twitter Says Government Data Requests Way Up

Twitter’s new transparency report is out, and the trend continues. Government requests for user data and content removal are on the rise. “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests. Notably, requests for account information have increased 52 percent, which is the largest increase between reporting periods we have ever …

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What Does the New Online Poker Bill Mean for US Poker Players?

This post is brought to you by James Moore To outsiders, the long and slow progress of online gambling regulation in the USA must seem difficult to understand. After all, America has one of the world’s largest gambling industries as the casinos of Vegas and Atlantic City rake in billions each year. But conservative attitudes towards gambling remain prevalent among …

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Should Google Be Slapped With Antitrust Action?

After a five-year long investigation, the European Commissioned announced it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. The commission says this infringes on EU antitrust rules because “it stifles competition and harms consumers”. …

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FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an inflammatory report under the title “Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House,” which attempts to make the case that Google was able to sway the outcome of the FTC’s antitrust investigation into the company in 2012. The publication recently published a leaked document from the investigation, which appeared to suggest …

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Released, Blasted By Commissioners

The Federal Communications Commission has released its new net neutrality rules after announcing them two weeks ago. The rules followed a call from President Obama in November to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would make it a utility. The new rules call for broadband to be considered a telecommunications service, and providers are to …

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Did The FCC Get Net Neutrality Right?

As you may have heard, the FCC announced that it has set rules on net neutrality and an open Internet, which it says “will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.” Do you think they got it right or do there need to be changes? Let us know what you think. …

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Interactive Advertising Bureau Weighs In On Obama Proposals

During Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Obama briefly touched on some proposals that may have an impact on the digital advertising industry. These include laws to combat cyber attacks and to protect the data of minors. Here’s the full speech in case you didn’t watch it: From the prepared remarks: We are making sure our government integrates intelligence …

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Yelp Gets A Lot Of Critical Data On Restaurants

This was announced last week, but it kind of flew under the radar. Yelp has formed an open data partnership with Socrata to distribute restaurant inspection information. The companies are calling it a strategic partnership aimed at helping improve public health conditions around the world. Yelp becomes a new member of the Open Data Network, and teams up with Socrata’s …

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Google Slams MPAA For Trying To Resurrect SOPA, Censor The Internet

Google says it’s “deeply concerned” about reports that the MPAA has been secretly leading a campaign to revive SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and help “manufacture legal arguments” in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood. Google is referring to the campaign as “ZombieSOPA,” and has started a campaign of its own: Let's defeat online …

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Should Google News Be Shut Down In Spain?

Publishers aren’t fond of the idea of not having Google News to send them traffic, it would seem. Who knew? Last week, Google announced it would shut down Google News in Spain on December 16. The day is here, and as of the time of this writing, the site is operational, but it may be gone soon. The company’s hand …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Dangerous, According To Web’s Inventor

A lot of people (especially those not trying to hide information about themselves) agree that the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe is problematic for a variety of reasons, including the censorship of information. The latest to speak out against the current situation is none other than Tim Berners-Lee, the guy responsible for the World Wide Web. Via CNET: “This …

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Alabama Bill To Be Named After Tim Cook

In October, Tim Cook penned a piece for Bloomberg Buisnessweek in which he publicly came out as gay. Now, it appears that an anti-discrimination bill in Alabama is to be named after him. Reuters reports: Democratic state Representative Patricia Todd, Alabama’s sole openly gay lawmaker, said on Wednesday that Apple was initially hesitant about having Cook’s name on her bill, …

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Google Breakup Approved By European Parliament

As previously reported, the European Parliament was considering a proposal to call for a breakup of Google. More specifically, it wants to separate the company’s search business from the rest of its offerings. When the subject came up for a vote, the proposal was approved. Don’t get too excited just yet though. The Parliament doesn’t exactly have the authority to …

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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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‘House Of Cards’ Season 3 In No Danger From Maryland Tax Situation, Says Netflix

Earlier this year, reports came out that the production of House of Card: Season 3 was being held up as two bills in Maryland would affect tax breaks, which have been a key in the show being produced in the state. Based on what transpired earlier this month, things aren’t looking too great for the show’s future in Maryland, and …

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Chelsea Manning: Lawyer To Appeal 35 Year Sentence

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was sentenced in August to 35 years in prison for releasing 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. Now Manning’s lawyer plans to appeal the 35-year prison sentence. Albuquerque, New Mexico attorney Nancy Hollander and her law partner Vincent Ward were recently retained by Manning to represent her in the next phase …

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Jimmy Carter Thwarts NSA, Uses Post Office

Jimmy Carter, in an interview for NBC’s Meet the Press, says he uses snail mail when communicating with foreign leaders. He is pretty sure that the NSA is spying on him, a fear that is not unfounded, according to Fox News. “I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored,” the former Democratic president said. “And when I want …

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Obamacare Deadline March 31, Will Numbers Hit Goal?

The Obamacare enrollment deadline is quickly approaching on March 31st, and numbers are picking up the pace as expected. However, with numbers sitting just above 5 million enrolled, will the number of Americans signing up reach the projected 7 million? There are eleven days until the enrollment deadline, and the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that in …

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Google Showcases Government, Nonprofit & Business Maps With New Gallery

Google has launched a new Google Maps Gallery aimed at making mapping data from governments, nonprofits and businesses more accessible to the public. Organizations can share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine, and have them appear in the gallery. A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, “Maps included in the Gallery make it it seamless for citizens and stakeholders …

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