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Romney Campaign: Square "Could Be Huge," And Other Digital Trends In Politics

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If 2008 was the year that Facebook and YouTube cracked the mainstream in politics, then 2012 will be the year that most every other digital tool breaks the dam wide open on the campaign scene. It's no longer enough for politicians to just be on Twitter--now almost all serious candidates...
Romney Campaign: Square "Could Be Huge," And Other Digital Trends In Politics

Why This Election Has Gone to the Dogs

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How does a politician get more people to donate to his campaign? Pictures of dogs, obviously. This morning I met in Charlotte with Rally.org spokesman Nick Warhsaw, who’s in town to try to sell politicians at the Democratic National Convention on the merits of the startup’s power-of-the-masses donation software....
Why This Election Has Gone to the Dogs
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Oh hey, a solution to the Facebook Page drama! That was fast

Spammers Are Why the U.K. Can’t Have Nice Things

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Spam. (Photo: flickr.com/arndog) You’d think once you cleared the political hurdles, open government would be pretty simple: Create a nice portal and upload the stats. Done and done. Well, in the interest of keeping the lines of communication with constituents open, the U.K.’s data.gov included a series of forums where...
Spammers Are Why the U.K. Can’t Have Nice Things

Ad.ly responds to twitter’s in-stream advertising ban. Says it’s not going anywhere.

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Ad.ly, the in-stream advertising network, has just issued a response to twitter’s third party in-stream advertising ban by saying it “supports twitter’s decision to disallow any third party tweets” and it’s “business as usual”. In an email statement and now a blog post, Ad.ly’s new CEO Arnie Gullov-Singh says that:...
Ad.ly responds to twitter’s in-stream advertising ban. Says it’s not going anywhere.

Growing Around the World

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Hi, my name is Matt Sanford and I'm the lead engineer for Twitter's International team. I spend a great deal of time thinking about Twitter's users outside of the US. Twitter's first users were the early employees and their friends, largely based around our offices in San Francisco. Today we...
Growing Around the World

Is It Ethical For The American Bar Association To Claim Copyright On Its Ethics Opinions?

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It sometimes amazes me how some copyright holders exert copyright when it makes absolutely no sense at all. There are plenty of times when -- even if something is covered by copyright -- it would be silly to use it. And, yet, sometimes, it still happens. Take, for example, this...
Is It Ethical For The American Bar Association To Claim Copyright On Its Ethics Opinions?

Pulling An Anti-Yahoo, Congress Considers Telecommuting

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A new proposal would allow members of Congress to debate, hold meetings, and vote from their home district offices. But if Marissa Mayer thinks Yahoo is too dysfunctional for it, what would telecommuting do to the most dysfunctional workplace on Earth? Although Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is cracking down on...
Pulling An Anti-Yahoo, Congress Considers Telecommuting

Bob Goodlatte Receives Most Awkward Serenade Ever With Pro-Copyright Song

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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has sort of an up and down history when it comes to technology and innovation. He made some rather unfortunate comments after the SOPA debates, ignoring the public's place in talks. On the other hand, he was among the lawmakers who wanted to make...
Bob Goodlatte Receives Most Awkward Serenade Ever With Pro-Copyright Song

British Politician Tells Local Paper It Can't Quote Him Because He Dislikes Its Readers' Comments

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Being in the public arena is not for the thin-skinned. Or, at least, that used to be the case, right up until the internet made it possible for thousands to give instant (usually negative) feedback on public figures' statements, actions, sudden weight gain, etc. True, older, thicker-skinned public figures had...
British Politician Tells Local Paper It Can't Quote Him Because He Dislikes Its Readers' Comments

Congressman warns FTC: Leave Google alone

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A Democratic congressman who played a leading role in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year has taken up a new cause: shielding Google from antitrust scrutiny. In a strongly worded letter to Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) praised Google's contribution...
Congressman warns FTC: Leave Google alone

New York lawmakers propose bill to ban anonymous online speech

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Lawmakers introduced identical bills in the senate and assembly that would require identification of anonymous commentersOnline commenters aren't exactly known for their kind words, but lawmakers in New York want to hold their constituents to a higher standard. A few Empire State lawmakers want to address that problem by doing...
New York lawmakers propose bill to ban anonymous online speech
Republican lawmaker wants to let Congress telecommute
TSA drops plans to allow small knives on planes

Senators skip NSA briefing on PRISM to get home early for Father's Day

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Sure secret surveillance of the American people is important, but not nearly as important as taking a long summer weekend. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, head of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander and other senior officials scheduled a briefing on Thursday afternoon to brief senators on classified programs...
Senators skip NSA briefing on PRISM to get home early for Father's Day

On Google's Brand

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Yesterday a reporter from Cnet called and asked me a few provocative questions. He was writing a piece on Google as a marketer, and wanted my point of view. I'm not sure when his piece is coming out (or if my thoughts will be included), but our conversation helped...
On Google's Brand
Thank God for San Francisco's gay community

Petition Submitted To Require Congress To Wear The Logos Of Their Corporate Donors

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The idea that members of Congress should wear the logos of their corporate sponsors is as old as the internet itself, but it appears that someone's finally doing something about it. (Or at least bringing it to the attention of the current administration where it can be handed a...
Petition Submitted To Require Congress To Wear The Logos Of Their Corporate Donors

Facebook Has Favored Status Among Advocacy Experts

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Advocacy experts, technology companies and grassroots organizers are meeting in Miami to share stories about Facebook and social media’s role in changing the way citizens communicate with elected officials. “Grassroots” is outreach that involves average citizens using their voice to reach policymakers, traditionally through phone calls, in-person meetings or letters....
Facebook Has Favored Status Among Advocacy Experts

Mmm, invisibility donut... researchers try new takes on the "invisibility cloak"

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Duke University researchers who previously demonstrated invisibility cloaking in the lab have employed 3D printing to build their latest “cloak” – a disk that can block microwaves. The thickness of the donut-like disk roughly matches one wavelength, and its combination of air and dielectric (insulating, nonconducting) composite material deflects microwaves....
Mmm, invisibility donut... researchers try new takes on the "invisibility cloak"
Following accusations of censorship, Egyptian president begins nightly Twitter Q&A sessions

How my riots tweet landed me in hot water – at taxpayers' expense | Mike Harris

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Sanctions against councillors who express an opinion are overzealous. Finally, a judge has stood up to such nonsenseLast year, I was reported to the standards board of Lewisham council for tweeting concerns that last summer's riots were spreading to our area (which they did – you can read my tweets...
How my riots tweet landed me in hot water – at taxpayers' expense | Mike Harris

Twitter: 60 Percent Of Registered Accounts Are From Outside The U.S.

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Twitter’s lead engineer for its International team, Matt Sanford, just posted an announcement detailing the microblogging network’s global growth. According to Sanford, over 60% of registered Twitter accounts come from outside the US. The growth in accounts internationally isn’t surprising, considering that we’ve seen Twitter’s worldwide unique visits rise as...
Twitter: 60 Percent Of Registered Accounts Are From Outside The U.S.

Thriving Amid An Explosion of UDID Alternatives

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Craig Palli is vice president of Client Services & Business Development at Fiksu (@fiksu), which helps brands boost iOS and Android mobile app ranking and secure large volumes of loyal users. You can find him on Twitter @cpalli. The mobile app industry is in a state of confusion in the wake of Apple’s...
Thriving Amid An Explosion of UDID Alternatives

Social: Introducing the Wired Social Index, Tracking the Future of Business

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The Wired Social Index tracks the stock price of the nine most liked companies on Facebook Wall Street and Silicon Valley both remain obsessed with Facebook’s battered stock and when it might regain all the ground it’s lost since its initial offering less than five months ago. That question...
Social: Introducing the Wired Social Index, Tracking the Future of Business

Rather Than Pressuring The ITC Over Key Patent Cases, Congress Should Fix A Broken Patent System

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For years we've talked about how many patent holders these days have two cracks at anyone they accuse of infringing: through the courts and then separately through the ITC, which can issue an injunction (but not monetary awards) that block a product made elsewhere from entering the US. The ITC...
Rather Than Pressuring The ITC Over Key Patent Cases, Congress Should Fix A Broken Patent System

Channeling That Anti-SOPA Energy Into Getting Important DMCA Exemptions

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We've talked a bunch of times about the (somewhat ridiculous) process by which the public gets a shot, once every three years, to beg the US Copyright Office to throw the public a bone and grant "exemptions" to the ridiculous DMCA anti-circumvention clause. This process is completely backwards. The anti-circumvention...
Channeling That Anti-SOPA Energy Into Getting Important DMCA Exemptions

T-Mobile updates FamilyWhere location tracking service for worrisome parents

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It was never intended as such, but The Rolling Stones' song Under My Thumb could easily pass as the anthem of overbearing parents across the globe. Now, T-Mobile is tossing its paranoid constituents a bone with an updated version of its FamilyWhere lineup. First onto the platform is FamilyWhere...
T-Mobile updates FamilyWhere location tracking service for worrisome parents
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?