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Net Efforts Shed More Light On Washington

The OpenCRS database of research performed for Congress, and the Secrecy Report Card from OpenTheGovernment.org, have helped make more information about the federal government available online.

Google Says It’s Time To Turn Japanese
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Phone and cable companies are losing the Net Neutrality debate, and losing it badly. And Google’s Washington Telecom and Media Counsel Richard Whitt doesn’t mind pointing that out.

Yahoo Protesting China Lawsuit

The Internet company continued to cite a need to comply with local laws as they asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against it.

Police 2.0? Hitting Back At The Online Mafia

The Internet is helping citizens to take the law into their own hands, and if the trend continues, it may lead to online registries devoted to more than just stolen bicycles.

Dotcom Falls Into Baby Name Domain

This is a topic close to my heart and I have to say I agree whole-heartedly – well, it’s a good idea, anyway. Parents are picking baby names based upon the availability of a domain name that matches.

Google Tries To Protect APEC?
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The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation will meet in Australia’s largest city in about three weeks’ time, but if you seek Google’s help to look at Sydney, you may be out of luck – Google Maps images of the area have become rather fuzzy.

Google, Washington Post Renew Ad Deal
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Washington.Newsweek Interactive and Google announced today that they have renewed their agreement to deliver contextual ads and Google Web Search functionality to washingtonpost.com’s Web pages.

NFL Cracks Down On Web Video

The National Football League does not want news organizations to place more than 45 seconds of NFL video content online each day.

Pageflakes Rumors Swirl

A number of details remain unknown, but according to some reports, Pageflakes is going to become “more of a social network.”  Pageflakes was previously best known for its personalized webpages.

SMX: Matt Cutts & Tim Mayer

While I was out at SMX Advanced, I sat through the penalty box summit. As always, Tim Mayer and Matt Cutts had a few interesting things to say.

Google Needs K Street View Of DC
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The growing scrutiny of the company’s stated aim to organize all the world’s information, and its more prosaic acquisition of DoubleClick, means Google has to pay more attention to Washington’s K Street lobbying practices.

YouTube Guys Call BS On Pentagon
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A Defense Department decision to ban YouTube and several other sites from its unclassified network has been challenged by YouTube’s founders.

Court Is OK With Sexy Google Images
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Thumbnail pictures of nude photographs displayed by Google do not infringe on the copyrights of the image owner, Perfect 10.

Mr. Hurley Goes To Washington

Capitol Hill got a little surreal this week as YouTube CEO and founder Chad Hurley got yanked in font of the House telecommunications subcommittee to discuss the future of video.

Thailand Lawyers Up In Anti-YouTube Crusade

About a month ago, the government of Thailand blocked YouTube; all of YouTube was inaccessible in all of Thailand, and the ban has remained in place all this time.  But that apparently wasn’t enough: Thailand now intends to sue the video-sharing site.

Google’s Love Affair with Wikipedia

Much has been said about Google algorithmic favoritism for Wikipedia. I was working on a project this weekend about celebrities, and wikipedia’s dominance in the SERP’s was nothing less than astounding.

1/3 Adults Consult Wikipedia, CD Version is Out
The Washington Post reports today on a Pew Internet study that states that Wikipedia receives around 70% of its traffic from search engines (citing Hitwise), and one in three adults consults Wikipedia—39% of men and 34% of women. The full study also notes that 50% of those consulting Wikipedia are college graduates. One hopes they take the information they find with the appropriate grain of salt.

WashingtonWatch Becomes A Wiki
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America’s lawmakers are (in)famous for their bickering, but in the event that you’d like to join them – or even raise the level of debate – one site’s recent format change may help you do just that.  In other words, “WashingtonWatch.com Has Gone Wiki!”

Political Advertising Spending Grows Tremendously
If you thought Howard Dean’s efforts to rally online supporters was impressive, wait until you see what the 2008 candidates have in store for us.

According to the Washington Post, the amount spent on online political advertising has grown at a phenomenal rate.

USPTO Wiki-fies Patents, Pooh-poohs P2P
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The US Patent and Trademark Office is swamped, so they’re going the Digg.com route. Embarking on a patent review pilot project that will allow the online public to comment on patent applications, the USPTO is hoping the experts of the world will share the load.

The USPTO is not, however, that keen on P2P.

Schmidt Bores The DC Crowd

Any collection of technology-oriented folks would love to have a lavish lunch and listen to Google CEO Eric Schmidt talk about online issues; in the nation’s Capital, interest levels run a little lower.

If I were to offer you a nice lunch at a luxury hotel followed by a speech and a question and answer session with Eric Schmidt, you might be appreciative. Probably grateful.

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