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DoJ Files To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger DoJ Files To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

The United States Department of Justice announced today that it has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. “The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United …

Did Google CEO Larry Page Just Avoid Criminal Prosecution? Did Google CEO Larry Page Just Avoid Criminal Prosecution?
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Last week, it was revealed that Google had to forfeit $500 million for allowing Canadian pharmacies to target US consumers. One such pharmacy tells WebProNews and Google that the U.S. government is taking a “morally wrong” approach with its fine. …

Main Street Fairness Act Draws Amazon Support, eBay Opposition Main Street Fairness Act Draws Amazon Support, eBay Opposition
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On Friday, Senate Democrats introduced the “Main Street Fairness Act” again. It was also introduced in in the House by Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA) during the last session of Congress. Essentially, the bill calls for a federal set of guidelines …

Debt Ceiling Debate Nears Deadline, Obama Gets Busy On Twitter Debt Ceiling Debate Nears Deadline, Obama Gets Busy On Twitter
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As the deadline to raise the debt ceiling fast approaches, the White House is using Twitter to rally support for what the call the “balanced approach.” In the simplest terms, this means an approach to tackle the national debt that …

Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Announces Google Hearing Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Announces Google Hearing

THe U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights announced today that it will hold a hearing, “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” on September 21 at 2:00 PM. Last month, we reported …

Google: Here’s Who Doesn’t Think We’re Anticompetitive Google: Here’s Who Doesn’t Think We’re Anticompetitive
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The DoJ has been scrutinizing Google’s proposed acquisition of ad optimization firm AdMeld for over a month, and has now requested further information from Google. Google has put out a response to this via its Public Policy blog, which basically …

FairSearch Blasts Google with “Searchville” Site FairSearch Blasts Google with “Searchville” Site
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The FairSearch Coalition, the organization started last year to try (unsuccessfully) and see Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked, has launched a new site called Searchville with videos, comic strips and other interactive content, as well as a white paper, …

White House Throws Support Behind New Anti-Piracy Agreement White House Throws Support Behind New Anti-Piracy Agreement
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Not long after the news broke that top Internet Service Providers had agreed to a deal with the music and film industries to adopt a new, graduated response to piracy, the White House threw its support behind the deal on …

Anonymous Hacks Government Contractors IRC Federal, Claim Today #F*ckFBIFriday Anonymous Hacks Government Contractors IRC Federal, Claim Today #F*ckFBIFriday
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Today another target was hit in the #AntiSec movement, as IT company IRC Federal was attacked by hacktivist group Anonymous. IRC Federal is a government-contracted IT firm that, according to the Anonymous release, boats ties with the FBI, Army, Navy, …

Obama’s Twitter Town Hall Kicks Off Tomorrow Obama’s Twitter Town Hall Kicks Off Tomorrow

Last week, The White House announced that President Obama would be participating in his first “Twitter Town Hall” meeting, allowing the world to ask questions directly to the Commander-In-Chief. That event kicks off at 2 p.m. EDT tomorrow, so you …

Minnesota Government Shutdown Prompts Strong Twitter Response Minnesota Government Shutdown Prompts Strong Twitter Response
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It looks like the battle of the budget has claimed the state of Minnesota, or the government at least. But many on Twitter are quick to point out that although state parks are now shut down over the holiday weekend, …

Should the Internet be Taxed? Should the Internet be Taxed?
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On Friday, a new California state law goes into effect that will tax Internet sales through affiliate advertising. Rather than pay such taxes, online retailers like Amazon will instead shut down their affiliate programs in the state. For Amazon, that …

FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity
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Business Insider is running a report claiming “Twitter is under federal investigation” from the Federal Trade Commission. This is related to how the company has dealt with third-party apps: acquiring things like Tweetie and TweetDeck turning them into proprietary apps, …

White House Announces First Twitter Town Hall With Obama
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The White House has just announced via their official Twitter account that the first Twitter Town Hall with President Obama is starting today. Twitter users are being asked to submit questions to the President from now until July 6th. Just …

N.J. Sexting Bill Would Send Teens to Sexting School N.J. Sexting Bill Would Send Teens to Sexting School
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We all know that technology has made it so much easier these days for kids. I’m not even that old and I remember when I had to leave a message with my friend’s mom and wait for them to call …

Chinese Photoshop Gaffe Goes Viral Chinese Photoshop Gaffe Goes Viral
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To the scrutinizing eyes of the internet, no Photoshop disaster will go unnoticed. That doesn’t just apply to the Western web, but also to those in the East. Chinese internet users have taken a fairly egregious editing error and run …

New Online Poker Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives New Online Poker Legislation Introduced in the House of Representatives
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Are the wheels in motion for a federal overhaul of the online poker business? According to a release from the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, some members of the house are looking to regulate the game. Today, “influential member …

Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas
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Mutterings of a a broad antitrust investigation of Google by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been heard for a few months now, and there is still nothing official yet. Neither the FTC nor Google has commented on this. …

NY State Senator Asks Twitter About Gay Marriage Vote NY State Senator Asks Twitter About Gay Marriage Vote
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In a move of open communication and transparency (whether genuine of feigned), New York State Senator Greg Ball has asked his social media followers how they feel about the issue of marriage equality. Why has he asked them how they …

Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny
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Earlier this week, Google officially announced that it has agreed to acquire ad optimization firm AdMeld, and now, as expected it appears it will draw government scrutiny. Pretty standard really. Bloomberg is reporting that the $400 million deal will be …

NJ Supreme Court:  Journalists’ Shield Law Doesn’t Apply to Message Boards NJ Supreme Court: Journalists’ Shield Law Doesn’t Apply to Message Boards
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A very interesting ruling came out of the Supreme Court in New Jersey, seemingly drawing a line between “journalistic” channels and other information channels. Where that line is exactly, is not entirely clear. It’s even more interesting when you consider …