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Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today
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A Senate committee is going to soon discuss whether or not you should be allowed to share your Netflix history on Facebook. Some people are for it, while others are against it. More importantly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has snuck an …

Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today

Have you ever wondered why you can’t share what you’re watching on Netflix via Facebook? You can thank VPPA for that. The Video Privacy Protection Act was introduced in 1984 in response to a Supreme Court nominee’s video rental records …

Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Killed In The Senate Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Killed In The Senate
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The Senate had until tomorrow to vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The amendments that were being proposed suggested that we may be onto something decent here. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we’re not …

The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Goes Up For Debate In The Senate Tomorrow The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Goes Up For Debate In The Senate Tomorrow
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2012 is shaping up to be the year of cyber legislation. After SOPA and PIPA were defeated early this year, all attention turned towards CISPA. Even though the Internet put forth a strong effort, the lack of support from major …

Sen. Wyden Comes Out Against Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Sen. Wyden Comes Out Against Cybersecurity Act of 2012

The drama surrounding the various cybersecurity bills floating around Congress is never ending. CISPA passed the House, but what’s next? The controversial bill will head to the Senate, but they have their own cybersecurity bill to deal with – the …

Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, Getting Into Politics Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, Getting Into Politics
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange can not sit still. While he is technically still under house arrest in London awaiting the judgment on his extradition hearing, he keeps moving along at a pace that’s hard to keep up with. His newest …

Senator Under Fire For Saying “Niggardly” Senator Under Fire For Saying “Niggardly”
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Once again, someone is getting in trouble for using the word “niggardly”. On Thursday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) used the word in response to a question about spending for veterans. He said, in part: “Of course we’re falling short,” he …

Poolmageddon Gets A 60 Day Stay Of Execution Poolmageddon Gets A 60 Day Stay Of Execution

The completely outrageous act by the Department of Justice that people have labeled “PoolMageddon”, has been issued a 60 day stay of executive . The American with Disabilities move would have forced hunders of thousands of pools “to supply a …

Senate Introduces Global Cybercrime Enforcement Bill Senate Introduces Global Cybercrime Enforcement Bill
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The U.S. is trying to dabble in policing the Internet again, but in a vastly different way. Meet S.1469 or the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act. The bill was introduced recently into the Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of …

House Passes STOCK Act By Huge Margin House Passes STOCK Act By Huge Margin

In his State of the Union address last month President Obama told the nation that if Congress sent him a bill to ban insider trading by members of Congress he would sign it without hesitation. Well, last week the Senate …

BREAKING: Harry Reid Delays PIPA Vote BREAKING: Harry Reid Delays PIPA Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to postpone action on the Protect IP Act. In a statement, Reid said “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act.” From the Senator’s …

Mitch McConnell On PIPA: Put It On Ice Mitch McConnell On PIPA: Put It On Ice
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Wednesday’s internet-wide SOPA / PIPA protests, by many measures, were greatly successful. Google said that on that day alone, 4.5 million people signed their homepage petition against the legislation – and that number grew by millions on Thursday. The social …

SOPA / PIPA: Orrin Hatch Withdraws Support After Blackout SOPA / PIPA: Orrin Hatch Withdraws Support After Blackout

Yesterday’s SOPA blackout is turning out to be an amazingly effective protest. After angry internet users spent yesterday calling and emailing their Congressional representatives (and even sending telegrams), support for SOPA and PIPA is dropping in a big hurry. Yesterday …

Free Justin Bieber: Could Covering A Song On YouTube Land You In The Slammer? Free Justin Bieber: Could Covering A Song On YouTube Land You In The Slammer?
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A new campaign is using Justin Bieber to raise awareness about a current Senate bill that could have devastating effects on the YouTube community. As of right now, there is a bill in the United States Senate that would penalize …

Google Antitrust Hearing Takes Place Today Google Antitrust Hearing Takes Place Today

Google’s big antitrust hearing with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust is today at 2:00PM. The witness list includes: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Nextag CEO Jeff Katz, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Covington & Burling LLP partner …

Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Wants to Question Larry Page or Eric Schmidt Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Wants to Question Larry Page or Eric Schmidt
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As earlier reported, the FTC is said to be planning a broad antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices, and according to the Wall Street Journal, they’re getting ready to serve Google with subpoenas, as well as requests for information from …

Google’s Mayer Testifies on Future of Journalism
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Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search and User Experience at Google is testifying on Capitol Hill today before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

Senate Rules Committee OKs Vote Publishing Via XML

The Senate Rules Committee decided today to make US Senator roll-call votes available in XML format. The change is part of a growing effort to make government more transparent.

After much petition and long after the House of Representatives had done so, a feed showing all votes from individual Senators is now available. Previously, only how the Senate voted as a group was easily accessible, and only through unanimous agreement could one easily decipher how his or her representative voted.

Internet Radio Is Saved By Congress

There is new hope for Pandora and other webcasters, but any deal is far from done.

Scrutinize Google, DoubleClick, Says Congress

DC lawmakers want the Federal Trade Commission to do more than rubber-stamp Google’s $3.1 billion DoubleClick acquisition.

Senate Considers Better Spidering As Law

Federal agencies may have the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) helping guide their efforts to make web information more accessible to search engines.