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Google, Facebook Q1 Lobbying Report Google, Facebook Q1 Lobbying Report

According to the U.S. Senate‚Äôs lobbying database, Facebook and Google have hit all-time highs regarding the amount of funds they have committed to lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., for the first quarter of 2012. With Facebook possibly readying its IPO …

BlackBerry Still U.S. Government’s First Choice BlackBerry Still U.S. Government’s First Choice
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Politicians and their aides will have to wait a little while longer to blend in with the cool kids. Even though several high profile clients have dropped BlackBerry as the company-issue phone, the U.S. government has pledged to hold on …

Pierre Garcon Goes to Redskins in NFL Free-agency

The Colts will be losing another offensive weapon to free agency this year. Of course, the big news in the NFL has been Peyton Manning’s release from Indianapolis a week ago. But the traditionally pass-happy Colts will say goodbye to …

2012 NIT Tournament Bracket Features Strong Teams
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Winning the regular season of a power conference isn’t enough to get you into a tournament these days, as Washington is on the outside looking in, despite being Pac-12 champions. Instead, they’re the #1 seed of a NIT bracket that …

George Washington Chicken McNugget Gets $8K On eBay
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A 3 year old chicken McNugget from McDonalds that resembles George Washington sold for $8,100 on Ebay. Rebekah Speight of Dakota City,Nebraska sold the McNugget to raise money for a drive to raise $15,000 and send 50 children to summer …

The Google Strikes Back: Taps Veteran Lobbyist To Counter Recent Political Scrutiny

Google seems to be accepting the realization that when you’re as big as they are, you draw a lot of legal scrutiny when you start tampering with people’s privacy. Perhaps in anticipation of more trouble to come, or to preclude …

Four Dead in Avalanches, Twitter Reaction Four Dead in Avalanches, Twitter Reaction

An avalanche claimed the lives of three skiers in an out-of-bounds area of Stevens Pass Ski Resort near Skykomish, WA on Sunday. A snowboarder died in a separate avalanche at The Summit at Snoqualmie in nearby Easton, WA, less than …

Living Social: New Venue In Washington, D.C. Living Social: New Venue In Washington, D.C.

Living Social is going to be trying something different to promote special events, new products, and unique vendors. Today it announced the forthcoming opening of a new physical venue space in the Washington, D.C. area. The space will provide a …

Microsoft Creates Facebook Page To Address Issues In Washington State Microsoft Creates Facebook Page To Address Issues In Washington State

Microsoft is based in Redmond, Washington, and they have always been a company that’s concerned about with the state in which they are based. They say that since Washington state houses more than 40,000 employees, they have a “huge stake” …

Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers
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Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss …

Talks Surface of a Newspaper Industry Bailout

“You gotta be freakin’ kidding me!”

Washington Post Cracks Down On Journalists’ Social Media Activities

What is probably most ironic about the story that you are about to read is the fact that an journalistic icon, the Washington Post, is trying to maintain control of its staff while it can’t even keep an internal memo from going public. Having made that observation from the start you can see that this is not going to get any better for them. 

U.S. Gets First Internet Addiction Center
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A new Internet addiction center has opened in Fall City, Washington, that claims it is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The center called reStart is a 45-day program costing $14,500 and is located near Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. reStart says its program is specifically designed to help Internet and video game addicts overcome their dependence on gaming, gambling, chatting, texting and other aspects of Internet addiction.

Google Testifies About Privacy in Washington
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Today a joint hearing on online advertising between two subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is being held. Google’s Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong is giving a testimony about advertising products and the company’s commitment to protecting user privacy.

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.

Attorney General Sues A Washington SEO Firm

An attorney general is suing a Redmond-based e-commerce service providing company, which had faltered on its promises of bringing up Web Traffic for a number of small businesses, driving many customers to file complaints.

Attorney General Rob McKenna reportedly stated that, “When it comes to Internet search results, every small business wants to pull a high ranking. Merchants hoping to increase their online sales paid thousands of dollars to Visible.net and Captures.com but didn’t always receive the top listings and other services they were promised.”

Internet Radio Is Saved By Congress

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

Washington Online Sales Tax Now Law
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Online shoppers who are residents of the state of Washington will now have to start paying sales tax on purchases made on the Internet.

Starting today Washington joins 18 other states that require some online retailers to collect sales tax. About 1,100 ecommerce retailers have agreed to collect taxes in exchange for the state not going after them for back taxes.

Dell Accuses Domain Tasters Of Counterfeiting

Forget about trademark infringement; computer manufacturer Dell wants to make a statement in its lawsuit against domain registrars.

Stars Of Poker Lobby Washington To Play Online

A group of about 100 people arrived in Washington this week to lobby for the legalization of online poker.  And considering that many of the 100 people are among America’s top poker players, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against them.

Google Celebrates Anniversary, Opens New Office

Some companies don’t celebrate anniversaries.  Some merely put a few grocery-store cupcakes near the water cooler.  But Google knows how to handle an anniversary – the search giant recently made a big cake and opened a new office in Fremont, Washington.