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We had a very lively and healthy debate here at AVC a while back about gun safety. I am very much in the camp that we need to put a lot more restrictions on what guns should be on the market and how. But regardless of where you are on...
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You Think All Those Internet Protests Are Useless? Think Again

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Do you have friends constantly annoying you with Facebook or Change.org petitions about this cause or that? It seems impossible that hitting a Like button or adding your name to an Internet petition can possibly add up to much. But it can. It's not so much the show of...
You Think All Those Internet Protests Are Useless? Think Again

The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

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Cybersecurity bill: The Senate unveiled new comprehensive cybersecurity legislation Tuesday that would require the Department of Homeland Security to determine which infrastructure systems should be required to meet a set of security standards, grant owners and operators of these systems the right to appeal that designation and consolidate cybersecurity...
The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

Secret papers reveal Senate 'talks' between Obama and Blagojevich - NYPOST.com

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Secret papers reveal Senate 'talks' between Obama and Blagojevich - NYPOST.com

Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

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For years now, we've been pointing out the ridiculous situation that the US has with denying visas to entrepreneurs. Over and over again, research has shown how skilled immigrants starting companies in the US help create new jobs. So we were excited earlier this year when plans for a Startup...
Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Black Boxes in All New Cars

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Starting in 2015, all new commercial automobiles will be equipped with Event Data Recorders....
Senate Passes Bill Requiring Black Boxes in All New Cars

Senate Passes Internet Sales Tax Bill

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Congress took a step toward ending tax-free shopping on the Internet on Monday, as the Senate passed a bill empowering states to collect sales tax for purchases made online. But online shoppers won’t have to pay sales tax just yet. The measure — which got 69 yes votes and 27...
Senate Passes Internet Sales Tax Bill

Obama Wins Second Term And Twitter Accolade

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"Four More Years" becomes the most popular tweet, knocking legendary philosopher Justin Bieber off the top spot. Barack Obama has won a second term. Giving an eloquent victory speech in front of his supporters in Chicago, the president paid tribute to his rival, Mitt Romney, and, with it, put...
Obama Wins Second Term And Twitter Accolade

Cybersecurity legislation could soon lurch forward in the Senate, but can it pass the President?

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Cybersecurity legislation may soon find a way through the Senate. If a bill does make it through the upper house of the US Congress, it will still face reconciliation with the House itself. However, the bill discussed as a potential deadlock breaker in the Senate, could be an utter nonstarter...
Cybersecurity legislation could soon lurch forward in the Senate, but can it pass the President?

Senate Approves Online Shopping Sales Tax Bill

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We have a variety of concerns with the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act," which will require companies selling things online to track, collect and distribute taxes based on where buyers are coming from. For small and medium-sized businesses, this is likely going to be a big burden online (and for buyers...
Senate Approves Online Shopping Sales Tax Bill

Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

www.techdirt.com
For years now, we've been pointing out the ridiculous situation that the US has with denying visas to entrepreneurs. Over and over again, research has shown how skilled immigrants starting companies in the US help create new jobs. So we were excited earlier this year when plans for a Startup...
Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

eBay encourages sellers to oppose Senate's pending online sales tax bill

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On Sunday, Reuters reported that millions of eBay users woke up to an e-mail from Chief Executive John Donahoe. Donahoe reached out to argue against pending federal sales tax legislation in the Senate, encouraging merchants to lobby their representatives quickly. The Marketplace Fairness Act is set to be voted...
eBay encourages sellers to oppose Senate's pending online sales tax bill

White House Conveniently Confirms 'Cyberattack' Story Just As Its Pushing Cybersecurity Exec Order

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A "conservative" website apparently reported that Chinese hackers broke into a White House military office computer system with a "spear-phishing attack (like regular phishing, but directly targeted at a victim)". The White House has confirmed the story while saying that nothing sensitive was accessed: A White House official speaking on...
White House Conveniently Confirms 'Cyberattack' Story Just As Its Pushing Cybersecurity Exec Order
Pandora backs bill to cut internet radio royalty rates
Facebook logins still in limbo: Congress doesn't help FCC protect online privacy

Senate delays Netflix, e-mail privacy fix after cops protest

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National Sheriffs' Association asks senators to "reconsider acting" on a privacy bill until a "review of its impact on law enforcement investigations is conducted." It worked. [Read more]...
Senate delays Netflix, e-mail privacy fix after cops protest

Microsoft reaffirms its support of CISPA, snuffing the idea that it was wavering

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Over the past few days, it has spread far and wide that Microsoft was either retracting, or at least lessening its support for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. That is well and good, except for the fact that it was wrong. Microsoft today reaffirmed its...
Microsoft reaffirms its support of CISPA, snuffing the idea that it was wavering

Sen. Kohl tells FCC, DOJ he has ‘serious concerns’ on Verizon deal with cable

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A key Senate lawmaker on Thursday told antitrust regulators that Verizon Wireless’ $3.6 billion spectrum and marketing deal with cable companies presented “serious competition concerns.” In a letter to the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) didn’t oppose the deal outright, but he said any...
Sen. Kohl tells FCC, DOJ he has ‘serious concerns’ on Verizon deal with cable

Senator Lieberman claims July is the last chance for cybersecurity legislation, turning up the heat on Congress

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If you are a regular reader of TNW’s policy coverage, you know quite well that cybersecurity legislation is a hot topic in Congress at the moment, and that it appears utterly stuck. For a lengthy discussion of why that is, head here. I’m going to be brief and summary in...
Senator Lieberman claims July is the last chance for cybersecurity legislation, turning up the heat on Congress

JOBS Act Got Boost From AOL Co-Founder

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The bill signed Thursday by President Barack Obama that loosens accounting rules for start-up companies owes much to billionaire Steve Case — whose own company was one of the highfliers of the ’90s dot-com boom but later suffered accounting scandals. Mr. Case, an AOL Inc. co-founder and venture capitalist, was...
JOBS Act Got Boost From AOL Co-Founder
US bill would make crash data 'black boxes' mandatory in cars
US Cybersecurity Act delayed in Senate as opponents declare victory

The Circuit: Ohlhausen rejoins the FTC, saying good-bye to the Media Access Project, Facebook counters Yahoo suit

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Ohlhausen rejoins FTC: Chairman Jon Leibowitz joined Maureen K. Ohlhausen at the Federal Trade Commission today, as she was sworn in as the agency's newest commissioner. President Obama named Ohlhausen, a Republican, to a term that ends on Sept. 25, 2018. She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on...
The Circuit: Ohlhausen rejoins the FTC, saying good-bye to the Media Access Project, Facebook counters Yahoo suit
Maryland passes law prohibiting employers from asking for social network passwords

To Catch A Primary: Bruning Accuses Opponent Of Following His Daughter On Twitter

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A debate Tuesday night in Nebraska for the Republican primary for Senate took a turn for the awkward when state Attorney General Jon Bruning accused his main opponent, former state Attorney General Don Stenberg, of stalking Bruning's 14-year old daughter on Twitter. The Omaha World-Herald was there for the action....
To Catch A Primary: Bruning Accuses Opponent Of Following His Daughter On Twitter

Wyden Tries To Get Anti-ACTA/TPP Amendments Included In JOBS Act Vote

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There's a lot of talk about how the Senate is likely to approve the JOBS Act today with a procedural plan put in place by Harry Reid that limits the ability for any real amendments to be debated or discussed. Unfortunately, the JOBS Act has been more controversial than it...
Wyden Tries To Get Anti-ACTA/TPP Amendments Included In JOBS Act Vote
Senators Propose Visa Just For Entrepreneurs. Good Luck With That.

More And More People Sign On To The Declaration Of Internet Freedom

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Earlier this month, we took part in the launch of The Declaration of Internet Freedom, which got a fair bit of attention, nearly all of it positive. There were a few critics, but it appears that an awful lot of people and organizations find themselves in agreement with these basic...
More And More People Sign On To The Declaration Of Internet Freedom

RT @QueenofSpain: oooh #hcr reform benefits by state http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc.cfm?doc_name=sr-111-2-41

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RT @QueenofSpain: oooh #hcr reform benefits by state http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc.cfm?doc_name=sr-111-2-41
Apple pushing Congress for more smartphone airwaves
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