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Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006 Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006
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Google is protesting SOPA, but apparently the company has given the bill’s author a total of $17,000 since 2006. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones writes on Google+: “Surprising thing I noticed: Google’s NetPAC has given Rep. Lamar Smith (the …

Google’s Matt Cutts: It’s Time To Take Action On SOPA Google’s Matt Cutts: It’s Time To Take Action On SOPA

Google has blacked out its logo in protest of SOPA. The company has also put up a blog post calling for visitors to petition Congress. Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, who has been a vocal opponent of SOPA …

Google Wants You To Petition Congress Over SOPA / PIPA Google Wants You To Petition Congress Over SOPA / PIPA
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As previously reported, Google has gone with a blacked out logo for SOPA Blackout Day (in case you haven’t visited Google yet today to see for yourself). The company put up a blog post titled “Don’t censor the web.” The …

Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating? Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating?
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Google’s competitive practices have dominated the headlines this week, thanks to the company’s “Search Plus Your World” features (extensive integration of Google+ into search results, but not extensive integration of competing social networks Twitter and Facebook), but this is really …

Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto
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While SOPA has been delayed, while “outsanding concerns” are addressed by representatives, the White House has put out a statement from the Obama Administration, responding to a “We the People” Petition on SOPA and online piracy. The petition says: WE …

SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed” SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed”
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On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that he will remove DNS Blocking from SOPA, so the issue can be “further examined”. Here’s Smith’s statement in its entirety: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said he …

Is SOPA’s Bipartisan Support Due To Legislators’ Ignorance?

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261) is perhaps the biggest news on the Internet lately. It is certainly the biggest news about the internet. People have been neatly divided into two camps on the matter: For and Against. …

Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA
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Reddit announced that it will be blacking out its site for 12 hours on 01-18 from 8AM – 8PM EST. The Reddit Team says in a blog post: Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be …

U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter

EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF …

NOAA To Start Using Google Apps For Government NOAA To Start Using Google Apps For Government

In what is a pretty significant endorsement of Google’s wares, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has switched over to Google Apps for Government and thus become the largest government agency in the United States to adopt cloud-based email service. …

Tweet #AskState To Ask Questions Directly to U.S. State Department Tweet #AskState To Ask Questions Directly to U.S. State Department

As we bore into the year that is 2012, the U.S. Department of State has chosen to step up their Internet vocab by inviting Twitter users to submit questions to them throughout the month of January as part of their …

ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains ICANN Has Started Taking Applications For New Top-Level Domains
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Beginning January 12, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will be accepting applications for newly available top-level domain names beyond the typical .com and .net variety. Some of the new domain offerings you might see are .book and …

Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media Malaysian Police Monitor Protesters Via Social Media

Social media taketh and now social media taketh away. Sorta. While social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have become integral for protesters to organize events, government officials in Malaysia have taken a page out of this playbook and used …

SOPA Is Draconian, Anticonstitutional Says MythBuster Adam Savage SOPA Is Draconian, Anticonstitutional Says MythBuster Adam Savage
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Okay. So far, the proponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (PROTECT IP) have heard opposition from big time tech names like Sergey Brin, security software companies and former members of the Business Software Alliance, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, the entire …

Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition? Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition?
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Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee have put together a letter calling for an FTC investigation of Google, with an emphasis on the company’s search results. Do you think Google is anticompetitive? Let us know in the comments. Here’s the …

Sergey Brin, Other Notable Founders Speak Out Against SOPA Sergey Brin, Other Notable Founders Speak Out Against SOPA
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A whole bunch of founders and co-founders of high profile web properties have banded together to sign an open letter to Washington in opposition to SOPA and Protect IP. The letter has been signed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Andressen …

Obama On The Impact of Technology & The Internet On Jobs
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President Obama spoke in Osawatomie, Kansas today talking about jobs and the impact technology has had on them, and will continue to have. “If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many …

Google Could Face Massive Fine Over Antitrust Complaint in Europe Google Could Face Massive Fine Over Antitrust Complaint in Europe
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Google may face a fine “up to 10% of its annual turnover” if a report from dealReporter, published by Financial Times is accurate. That is, reportedly, if Google can’t settle with the European Commission in an antitrust investigation stemming from …

Facebook Privacy: Is The FTC Going Too Far or Not Far Enough? Facebook Privacy: Is The FTC Going Too Far or Not Far Enough?
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As you may know, Facebook settled privacy charges with the FTC this week. Under the agreement, Facebook is barred from making misrepresentations about the privacy or security of consumers’ personal data, required to obtain user consent before making privacy changes, …

Facebook Ad Targeting In Jeopardy in Europe Facebook Ad Targeting In Jeopardy in Europe
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It would appear that Facebook users may be getting more control over their privacy and how their personal information is used. Reports have indicated that the company is close to settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which would keep Facebook …

Governor Chris Christie Will Answer Questions Via Live Facebook Discussion Governor Chris Christie Will Answer Questions Via Live Facebook Discussion
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On Monday, November 14 New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, will be at Facebook’s headquarters taking place in a live discussion with Sheryl Sandberg. Like other live discussions that have taken place on Facebook, users will be able to submit questions …