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FTC finalizes privacy deal with Facebook

August 10, 2012 The Federal Trade Commission on Friday announced final approval of their settlement with Facebook over alleged privacy violations dating back to a 2009 shift in their privacy policy. The FTC found that Facebook was sharing user information with advertisers, misinforming users about how they could control their own personal information, ...

Google faces rising FTC ire

August 10, 2012 Google may be wearing out its welcome with the Federal Trade Commission. Antitrust lawyers and other experts say the agency seems to be developing an institutional dislike for the company after pursuing a series of actions against it. If that's the case, it couldn't come at a worse time for ...

Census debuts new economic indicator app

August 9, 2012 Traders, policymakers, journalists, and economic-data junkies can now get information on 16 economic indicators from a mobile app released by the Census Bureau on Thursday for Android devices. An Apple iOS version is awaiting approval by the App Store. The America’s Economy App, the first from the bureau, gives the ...

Dems have new mobile app for convention

August 7, 2012 Democratic National Convention organizers released a mobile app on Tuesday designed to help conventioneers navigate the busy proceedings, find their way around Charlotte, N.C., and, it is hoped, share images and messaging from the convention with their social networks back home. The app is a clearinghouse for all sorts of ...

NASA announces $1.1 billion in human space flight contracts

August 6, 2012 NASA announced on Friday more than $1.1 billion in contracts with U.S. companies to extend the private-sector component of the space program, which is expected to include the first crewed orbital missions by 2015. Commercial space transport company SpaceX, which ran the first private-sector mission to the International Space Station ...

Romney to announce veep pick via app

July 31, 2012 Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign released an app that promises to give users a first look at the candidate’s vice presidential pick. Assuming that the press doesn't get wind of the news first, users of “Mitt’s VP App,” available for iPhone and Android, will get the name of Romney's choice nanoseconds ...

New FCC member proposes innovation office

July 18, 2012 PITTSBURGH — Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission’s newest member, isn't letting his lack of seniority get in the way of big ideas. Pai is pushing for the creation of an FCC unit called the Office of Entrepreneurial Innovation to enforce an obscure provision of the Communications Act that requires ...

Will the FCC punt on indecency?

June 26, 2012 The Supreme Court punted the issue of broadcast indecency back to the Federal Communications Commission last week, with a narrow, procedural decision in FCC v. Fox Television Stations that didn't rule on the First Amendment implications of the current indecency guidelines. Given the declining number of indecency complaints and the ...

Rural broadband to get big lift in farm bill

June 21, 2012 The Agriculture Department's annual appropriation for rural broadband will jump to $50 million from $25 million if the farm bill becomes law. The legislation would allow the Rural Utilities Service to give out grants as well as loans and loan guarantees. Grants would be allowed to constitute up to 50 ...

Patent chief: Laws are needed to support IP treaty commitments

June 20, 2012 David Kappos, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that implementing legislation was necessary for American companies to reap the benefits of two international treaties that were ratified in 2007. The Patent Law Treaty, which streamlines the patent application and protection process ...