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Bin Laden Death Photos Won’t Be Released, Thanks To Court Ruling

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 killed on May 2nd, 2011 and President Barack Obama revealed shortly thereafter that the death photos would not be released. …

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged, Faces Possible Death Penalty

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 mass destruction (an improvised explosive device) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count …

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Joe Biden Is Talking About Guns On Google+ Again

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 across the country. Specifically, he’ll be joined by Karen Freeman-Wilson from Gary, Indiana, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake from Baltimore, Maryland, R.T. Rybak …

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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 administration, including the president himself. Google’s Ramya Raghavan writes on the official Google blog: Over the past year, Google+ has …

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Should The Post Office Keep Saturday Mail?

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 off as a thing of the past? Let us know in the comments. Congress recently passed a resolution that the …

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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 Novak of “Kid President” fame.

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Online Sales Tax Law Closer To Reality?

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 legislation is that it would enable state governments to collect sales tax from online retailers that don’t reside in their …

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CNIL Still Speaking Out Against Google Privacy Policy

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 one core policy, which enables it to share data from one of its products to the next. TechCrucnh points to …

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Postal Service Cuts Saturday Deliveries, But Who Will Be Most Affected?

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 need to send letters and many people are going paperless in an effort to be green, a lot of people …

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Google Outlines What It’s Doing To Protect Your Data From The Government

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 continue to advocate for the updating of privacy laws, it will continue its curent process for handling government rquests, and …

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Yelp Now Displays Health Inspection Scores for Restaurants in Participating Cities

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 cities around the country to follow suit. Participating restaurants’ health scores will be displayed alongside the other business information like …

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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 out how they work. That is still what I want, but I’ve moved on to bigger things like the Universe.” …

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