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FAA’s New Drone Rules Could Be Bad for Business

FAA’s New Drone Rules Could Be Bad for Business

By Josh Wolford November 25, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to propose new rules for commercial drones by year’s end, and if they look anything like what the Wall Street Journal is reporting – it’s going to be a rough day for businesses and …

Lyft Launches in NYC Despite Regulatory Pushback Lyft Launches in NYC Despite Regulatory Pushback

Lyft is not backing down in its quest to bring its on-demand car service to the Big Apple, despite warnings from the city’s Taxi and Limo Commission that they will not hesitate to take legal action. Earlier this week, Lyft …

Filmmakers to FAA: Let Us Make Movies with Drones Filmmakers to FAA: Let Us Make Movies with Drones

The Motion Picture Association of America has facilitated the requests of seven different “aerial photo and video production companies” to be granted exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration so that they can finally lawfully operate their unmanned aircraft systems. In …

FDA's E-Cig Regulations Irk Advocates on All Sides FDA's E-Cig Regulations Irk Advocates on All Sides

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently regulates your traditional forms of tobacco–cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. Of course, some new players have joined the nicotine party as of late-the most notable being the electronic cigarette, or e-cig (or …

Same-Day Flowers by Drone? Not on the FAA’s Watch Same-Day Flowers by Drone? Not on the FAA’s Watch

The Federal Aviation Administration has put the kibosh on one Commerce Township-based flower delivery company’s plans to deliver bouquets by flying drone. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com CEO Wesley Berry says that the FAA recently told them to shut down their new drone delivery …

FCC May Greenlight Mid-Flight Cell Calls FCC May Greenlight Mid-Flight Cell Calls

Could you soon be permitted to call your loved ones while flying the friendly skies? According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission is set to suggest new rules that would allow passengers to use …

The Skies Get Friendlier, FAA Relaxes Rules on PEDs The Skies Get Friendlier, FAA Relaxes Rules on PEDs
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As expected (in fact, a bit earlier than expected), the days of airplane passengers being forced to power down all of their portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing are officially behind us. Well, maybe not immediately – but by …

FAA Ready to Lighten Up on Electronics FAA Ready to Lighten Up on Electronics

By next year, you shouldn’t have to power down all of your electronics when you board an airplane in the United States. As expected, the FAA is close to adopting new, relaxed rules for portable electronic devices on commercial flights. …

FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline FCC Providing Broadband To Poor Families Through Lifeline
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The FCC is reforming and modernizing their Lifeline program that provides telephone service to poor families across the nation. On their Web site today, the FCC detailed the planned changes to the Lifeline program. For those unaware, the Lifeline program …

Nationwide Ban On Cellphone Use While Driving Proposed By NTSB Nationwide Ban On Cellphone Use While Driving Proposed By NTSB

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), “distracted driving is becoming the new DUI; it’s becoming an epidemic.” And in order to combat this, they are recommending a nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving. This would include text …

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 …

Apple’s Lithium Batteries Protected After House Vote Apple’s Lithium Batteries Protected After House Vote
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The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would bar new rules concerning the transportation of lithium batteries.  The proposed new rules would classify the batteries as hazardous materials and thus subject them to tighter regulations regarding their shipment. Congressional …

FTC Guidelines Raise Big Blogging Questions
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Update 3: The new FTC Guidelines went into effect this week. A recent WebProNews interview with Wendy Piersall, Founder of the Woo! Jr. Network, looks at some interesting points about them that you may not have considered – some "gray areas" if you will.

Internet’s Possible Future in the US Gets Ready to Be Decided
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Update: The meeting ended and the rule making process will move forward after a unanimous vote. The rules say a provider of broadband Internet access service:

Bloggers Can (Not?) Be Fined Up to 11K Per Post for Non-Disclosure
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Update 2: The FTC is now saying that the $11,000 fine is not accurate, at least for the first violation. Fast company got some responses from Richard Cleland, assistant director, division of advertising practices at the FTC, who says:

What is Responsible Blogging to You?
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The Federal Trade Commission has recently taken an interest in regulation of blogs when it comes to bloggers receiving products and writing about them. A lot of discussion has taken place about what it means to blog responsibly.