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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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#Mintthecoin Campaign Proposes Trillion Dollar Coin As A Solution To The Debt Ceiling

#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 horizon. Would it work? It’s hard to say, but plenty of people think it will. For starters, there’s already one …

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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 U.S. State Department on Thursday. Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, “With regard to the trip, we are obviously aware of the …

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Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case

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 know, is waiting for the FTC to reach a decision on whether or not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit. The …

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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 become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,” says Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst at Google. “Government demands for user …

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Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links

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, this doesn’t sit well with Google, and the company has threatened to stop linking to such sites. Of course, the …

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Minnesota Gets Tough on the Enemy That Is Free, Online Education

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 Minnesota has outlawed Coursera. Yes, the state of Minnesota has outlawed free, online education. As The Chronicle of Higher Education …

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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 as a major player in the field. Amazon announced today that over 300 government agencies and 1,500 public education institutions …

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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 company, they hit that mark at 12:45 pm PT on September 14th. “This morning, there are more than one billion …

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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 knowledge, services, commerce and communication, as well as the “accompanying benefits to economic development, education, and health care, and the …

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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 constituents, many continue to leave their Facebook pages bare and univiting (my Congresspeople are rather guilty of this). Facebook is …

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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 been around, there is not on species that has figured out interstellar travel. A new study that was released finds …

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