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Meet Facebook’s Fall Guy

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I’ve only been skimming the news about Facebook’s IPO over the last 24 hours, but two or three times now I’ve read that Facebook’s CFO David Ebersman “decided” to increase the size of the offering at the last minute. Example (and, shame on the WSJ for just publishing what...
Meet Facebook’s Fall Guy

As the Dutch adopt net neutrality laws, let’s all follow suit before we sleepwalk into the ‘Schminternet’

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Yesterday, the Netherlands became the first country in Europe to adopt laws that protect net neutrality. The rest of Europe, and indeed most the world, needs to follow suit before we sleepwalk into letting corporations use their deep pockets to gain an unfair advantage online. The new Dutch legislation (translation...
As the Dutch adopt net neutrality laws, let’s all follow suit before we sleepwalk into the ‘Schminternet’

House passes bill that would call for a single website tracking federal spending

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The last time a proposed law captured our attention it was so widely loathed it was never even put to a vote, but today we bring you the kind of no-brainer legislation that seems to have strong support on both sides of the aisle. The US House of Representatives...
House passes bill that would call for a single website tracking federal spending

An Amazing World Spoiled On A Generation Of Idiots: The Funniest Things Anyone Has Ever Said About Tech

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Technology is funny. We've got proof of that on video. Cell phones, the Internet, Facebook and most definitely Twitter is the stuff of great jokes. Now add aging parents, Google,  Microsoft and lawmakers. A word of caution. A few of the videos that follow contain some salty language. Sensitive ears...
An Amazing World Spoiled On A Generation Of Idiots: The Funniest Things Anyone Has Ever Said About Tech

Internet Titans Team Up to Form Lobbying Group

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Google, Amazon, Facebook and eBay want the group to educate lawmakers about how the Internet affects their districts....
Internet Titans Team Up to Form Lobbying Group

Anti-SOPA, PIPA lawmakers want Internet Bill of Rights

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Sen Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrell Issa said today that they want a Bill of Rights to protect Web users against censorship and those that would limit their online freedoms. [Read more]...
Anti-SOPA, PIPA lawmakers want Internet Bill of Rights
Arizona Law Amendment Would Criminalize “Lewd Or Profane” Language On The Internet
US lawmakers create website to crowd-source a 'digital bill of rights'

New From Google Labs: Orwellian Surveillance Apparatus

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Google may have put its Street View data collection debacle to rest in the United States with the payment of a $25,000 fine to The Federal Communications Commission. But in Europe it may not get off quite so easily. There lawmakers are calling for a stronger response to Google’s collection...
New From Google Labs: Orwellian Surveillance Apparatus

Another Shoe Is Going To Drop In This Big Facebook IPO Mess (FB, MS)

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File this one under "stay tuned," but full-time venture capitalist, and part time blogger Michael Arrington says we're going to hear another piece of big news related to the Morgan Stanley-Facebook IPO. He is rather ominous about what it could be, though: The whole Morgan Stanley mess isn’t over yet,...
Another Shoe Is Going To Drop In This Big Facebook IPO Mess (FB, MS)

In Rhode Island, lying online is no longer a crime

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Rhode Island state law makers voted this month to repeal an obscure 1989 law that forbid spreading untruths online, and punished scoff-laws with a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine. The law was enacted to stop scammers and con artists from preying on the denizens of the newly-founded Web. But...
In Rhode Island, lying online is no longer a crime

Samsung Says Not Involved in Israeli Ad that Has Iran Upset

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Samsung said on Monday that it had no part in creating an Israeli ad that shows one of its tablets disabling an Iranian nuclear facility. “Samsung Electronics is aware of a recent news report in Iranian media regarding an advertisement aired by HOT cable network of Israel,” Samsung said in...
Samsung Says Not Involved in Israeli Ad that Has Iran Upset

FAQ: What you need to know about CISPA

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The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) despite opposition from privacy advocates, lawmakers and the White House, which threatened to veto the bill if it lands on the president's desk in its current form....
FAQ: What you need to know about CISPA

Ever lied online? Good thing you weren't in Rhode Island

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Residents of the northeastern state can now tell fibs on the Internet without fear of a prison sentence -- thanks to lawmakers repealing an archaic law that made it a crime to lie online. [Read more]...
Ever lied online? Good thing you weren't in Rhode Island

SOPA opponents unveil "Digital Bill of Rights"

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SOPA Analysis: "Cybersecurity" bill endangers privacy rights Slow learner? MPAA chief hints at talks to revive SOPA White House IP czar: anti-piracy laws should not block free speech The "Digital Bill of Rights" debuted at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City on Monday. The document draft comes...
SOPA opponents unveil "Digital Bill of Rights"
EU plan to cap roaming data charges at €0.20 a megabyte gets provisional approval

DealBook: Regulators Ask if All Facebook Investors Were Treated Equally

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Lawmakers are questioning a process in which the banks involved in Facebook's I.P.O. shared a negative outlook about the company only with select clients....
DealBook: Regulators Ask if All Facebook Investors Were Treated Equally

I Hope Yahoo Crushes Facebook in its Patent Suit

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Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I hate patent laws. I think 99pct of the time they are anti-competitive, corruptive,  impede creativity and innovation and can kill small businesses. I think the ratio of patent law doing a good job protecting company IP vs it being used purely...
I Hope Yahoo Crushes Facebook in its Patent Suit

Microsoft promises that it 'will not seek an injunction' based on standard-essential patents

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These days, the FOSS Patents blog has pretty much become the FRAND Patents blog because of all of the issue surrounding FRAND licensing obligations in connection with standard-essential patents. But all of this also has positive effects. The best news in my view is that the current situation makes leading...
Microsoft promises that it 'will not seek an injunction' based on standard-essential patents

Lawmakers Question Whether Google Adequately Reviews Ads Potentially Related To Human Trafficking

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Lawmakers Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are concerned that Google is profiting from advertisements placed by sex traffickers, expressing these fears in a joint letter to CEO Larry Page. The missive seeks reassurances of the company’s commitment to ferreting out ads that... Please visit Search Engine Land for...
Lawmakers Question Whether Google Adequately Reviews Ads Potentially Related To Human Trafficking
Internet Defense League creates "cat signal" to save Web from next SOPA

Less banhammer, more gaming fun down under as Australia OKs R18+ game rating

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Looks like folks from the land down under will be able to enjoy more of those upcoming titles featured recently at E3 2012. Australian gamers can now yell a collective "Get over here!" at more mature video gaming fare after the country's Parliament passed a new law to create...
Less banhammer, more gaming fun down under as Australia OKs R18+ game rating
Facebook’s new strategy for boosting user growth? Facebook for kids.

Meet the JOBS Act's Jobs-Free Companies

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Over a dozen of the hundreds of companies seeking to use the JOBS Act's looser rules for going public are shell companies with almost no employees, and not the high-tech growth companies lawmakers had in mind....
Meet the JOBS Act's Jobs-Free Companies

Lawmakers Press Huawei, ZTE

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Lawmakers investigating spying threats from China are pressing two Chinese telecommunications firms active in U.S. markets for details about their relationship with the Chinese government and with U.S. companies....
Lawmakers Press Huawei, ZTE

Congress not happy with Apple's response on privacy concerns

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Not satisifed with a letter from Apple addressing its privacy policies, lawmakers have asked the company to send a rep to Washington to answer further questions. [Read more]...
Congress not happy with Apple's response on privacy concerns

Delaware Lawmakers Clear Online Gambling

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Delaware's legislature on Wednesday passed a law that could make the state the first to open its population to a full range of legal online gambling, including Internet blackjack, poker and slot games....
Delaware Lawmakers Clear Online Gambling

Thanks to Congress, next week is ‘Cybersecurity Week.’ Come and get your 1995 on

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We are not going to re-litigate the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in this post. If you an overview of what it contains, head here. If you want TNW’s take on what it may accomplish, and how you should feel about it, head here. We’ve already walked that road....
Thanks to Congress, next week is ‘Cybersecurity Week.’ Come and get your 1995 on

Proposed New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Comments

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Once again, lawmakers just don't seem to get the Internet....
Proposed New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Comments

Acta set to fail after Europe's trade committee votes against it

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Vote may herald the first time the European Parliament has written off an international agreement since 2008European lawmakers rejected the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) on Thursday, signalling that the European Parliament may soon use new-found rights to derail an international agreement for the first time."This vote is the penultimate...
Acta set to fail after Europe's trade committee votes against it
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