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Congress Debates Budget, Economy, Energy, Afghanistan, Education, Healthcare at YouTube Town Hall

There is a new YouTube project called YouTube Town Hall, which has senators and representatives debating the hot issues. Google says the issues are the ones that are the most popular on Google News and Google search over the past …

AOL Industry – AOL Goes Niche and B2B, Starting with Energy, Government, Defense AOL Industry – AOL Goes Niche and B2B, Starting with Energy, Government, Defense

AOL has announced the launch of AOL Industry, a new trade media unit, which will see the growing media juggernaut tackling specific industry niches. This will begin with sites in the Energy, Government, and Defense sectors, but there’s no telling …

Google Government Issues Galore! Google Government Issues Galore!
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With Google I/O currently going on, there is a ton of Google-related news coming out. We provided a round-up of announcements here (and here’s today’s Chrome announcements), but there is also a lot of non-I/O Google news circulating today. Google …

Osama bin Laden Death Photos Not Being Released Osama bin Laden Death Photos Not Being Released
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CBS News is reporting that President Obama told Steve Kroft, in an interview for the upcoming episode of 60 minutes, that he will not release death photos of Osama bin Laden. According to the report, we won’t have to wait …

Google Facing More Competition-Related Scrutiny, This Time from the FTC Google Facing More Competition-Related Scrutiny, This Time from the FTC
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It seems like just yesterday that Google won the approval of the Justice Department to go forward with its acquisition of ITA Software, a deal Google’s competitors tried aggressively (but unsuccessfully) to see blocked. In fact, it was only last …

Obama Birth Certificate Released Via WhiteHouse.gov Obama Birth Certificate Released Via WhiteHouse.gov
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The Obama Administration has released the President’s “long form birth certificate” – available for viewing at WhiteHouse.gov. This comes after years of controversy surrounding the topic of his U.S. citizenship, and whether or not he was indeed born in the …

As Net Neutrality Battle Builds, Other Concerns Rise As Net Neutrality Battle Builds, Other Concerns Rise

Although the issue of net neutrality has never been small, it has grown into a very large, complicated matter with more concerns rising frequently. It has actually developed into a political issue with outspoken parties on both sides.

Google ITA Deal – FairSearch Coalition’s Response Google ITA Deal – FairSearch Coalition’s Response
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When the announcement came out regarding the Department of Justice’s approval of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software (with certain stipulations), we included a brief statement from FairSearch on the subject. FairSearch is an organization made up mainly of travel sites, …

Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval
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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are …

Terror Alerts on Facebook and Twitter? Terror Alerts on Facebook and Twitter?
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Ever worried about missing a terrorist threat alert? Your problems may be over soon – that is unless the threat is real. The AP reports that it’s obtained a Homeland Security document, which (among other things) says that Facebook and …

Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda
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Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software, and whether or not the Department of Justice approves it, may have additional ramifications for Google and government regulations. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is being considered for a “broad antitrust …

Company Settles with FTC for $250,000 Over Misleading Online Reviews
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A company that sells guitar-lesson DVDs online has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for a whopping $250,000 over charges that the company “deceptively advertised its products through online affiliate marketers who falsely posed as ordinary consumers or independent reviewers”. …

Facebook Will Give Your Mobile Phone, Address Info to Developers Again
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Remember last month, when Facebook announced it was granting access to users’ mobile phone numbers and home addresses to third-party developers (upon users granting permission)? Soon after, the company suspended the feature as privacy concerns quickly escalated. 

Apple Subscription Service Being Monitored By Antitrust Regulators

Earlier this week, Apple introduced its Subscription service for the App Store. Immediately, it was met with waves of criticism (though it’s certainly had its share of defenders). It didn’t take long at all for whispers of antitrust to start going around.

Google Exec Wael Ghonim Free From Government Custody in Egypt
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Google exec Wael Ghonim went missing during the protests in Egypt, and has now been released from government custody in the country. The Wall Street Journal obtained a statement from U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner. 

Ghonim is the company’s marketing manager in that region, and according to the WSJ had helped run social networks that included criticism of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.  

The iPad Apps That Diplomats Will Use

Earlier, we ran a story about the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky (UK) here in Lexington, launching an initiative to put iPads in the hands of students and faculty, with support for an 18-month trial from Apple. The idea is that future diplomats be well versed in current technology. 

Facebook, Google & Other Tech Giants On Board White House Startup Initiative
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Today, the White House announced the launch of the Startup America Partnership as part of a national strategy to stimulate economic growth and create jobs. The initiative is being chaired by AOL co-founder Steve Case, and will receive funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation. Carl Schramm, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, will serve as a founding board member. 

What Will Egypt Do Without the Internet?
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Update 02/02/11: The Internet is back up in Egypt according to numerous reports.

Schmidt: Competitors Spreading Misinformation
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As reported, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is turning over his CEO role to co-founder Larry Page, in favor of an Executive Chairman role.  We sat in on a call with those two and co-founder Sergey Brin, who talked a little bit about the management strategy

Google Gives Google Earth, Picasa, Chrome Downloads to Iran
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Some U.S. export controls and sanctions programs, which prohibited software downloads to Iran have now been lifted, and Google has announced that it is making Google Earth, Picasa, and Chrome available for download in that country. 

Google’s Open Web Advocate Talks White House Web ID Plan
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As previously reported, the White House is working on a "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" or NSTIC, in which it has placed the Commerce Department in charge of an "Identity Ecosystem". The initiative has drawn a mixture of praise and criticism, and judging by our own readers’ comments, there is a whole lot of criticism. More on this here.