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De Blasio to Uber: Surge Pricing During the Blizzard Is Illegal

January 26, 2015 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a clear message to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft: Don't raise your prices during the coming snowstorm. "If you have any evidence—if you happen to take, for example, for-hire vehicles or have any evidence of people taking advantage of this ...

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Drone Crashes Onto South Lawn of the White House

January 26, 2015 A small drone crashed at the White House complex early Monday morning, according to the Associated Press. The Secret Service is currently investigating the apparent intrusion of a four-rotor quad copter, a commercially available small unmanned aircraft, that crashed on the southeast side of the White House. President Obama and ...

Drone Crashes on White House Lawn

January 26, 2015 A small drone crashed at the White House complex early Monday morning, according to The Associated Press. The Secret Service is currently investigating the apparent intrusion of a four-rotor quad copter, a commercially available small unmanned aircraft, that crashed on the southeast side of the White House. President Obama and ...

USPTO Leverages Big Data Tools to Comb Through Patents

January 23, 2015 If President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has an opinion on how Congress should move forward on patent reform, she's not sharing it. Michelle Lee has repeatedly stated this week that lawmakers have a role to play in curbing so-called patent trolling—the act of filing ...

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Obama Nominee Stays Mum on Fighting Patent Trolls

January 22, 2015 If President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has an opinion on how Congress should move forward on patent reform, she's not sharing it. Michelle Lee has repeatedly stated this week that lawmakers have a role to play in curbing so-called patent trolling—the act of filing ...

Watch a Drone Fly Around—and Crash—During a Congressional Hearing

January 22, 2015 Congressional hearings tend to be staid affairs, but on Wednesday some lawmakers got to watch a drone take flight—and then crash into the floor. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's hearing on the integration of commercial drones took an unusual turn when Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales ...

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Snowden: France’s 'Intrusive' Surveillance Laws Failed to Stop Paris Attacks

January 21, 2015 Edward Snowden is pointing to the recent terrorist attacks in France as evidence that government mass-surveillance programs don't work because they are "burying people under too much data." "When we look at the Paris attacks specifically, we see that France passed one of the most intrusive, expansive surveillance laws in ...

Obama Pledges to Release Report on NSA Spying Reforms

January 21, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday promised in his State of the Union address to reveal new updates next month about his administration's efforts to rein in the National Security Agency's mass-surveillance programs. "As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties—and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from ...

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Obama Promises to Release New Report on NSA Spying in State of the Union

January 20, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday will promise in his State of the Union address to reveal new updates about his administration's efforts to reign in the National Security Agency's mass-surveillance programs next month. "As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties--and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation ...

Obama Says Too-Strong Encryption Could be a ‘Problem

January 20, 2015 President Obama opened the door Friday to adopting a tougher position against strong encryption technology, warning that too-tough-to-crack protections could threaten national security. "If we get into a situation which the technologies do not allow us at all to track somebody we're confident is a terrorist … and despite knowing ...