It wasn’t even close. It was in the political realm a safe, bipartisan, landslide victory. On Monday night the United States Senate approved S.743, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, with 69 Senators voting for, and a paltry 27 voting against. The bill, which would allow states to collect sales taxes from online businesses outside of their borders, now moves to the House of Representatives for a vote.
Google has agreed to change the way it presents search results for some type of queries following pressure from the European Union. But rival Internet firms have already said the changes don’t go far enough.
Just weeks before he is set to leave office, Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski has warned that broadcasters need to cooperate with the government over plans to free up spectrum for mobile broadband. It looks as if that issue will be top priority for his successor.
The new bracelet is considered to be a “personal alarm” for human rights activists in dangerous parts of the world. It can be activated by either pulling on it or pulling it off violently. Once activated it sends a signal that can get help to the person in trouble.
Mark Zuckerberg is taking a bi-partisan approach when it comes to influencing national politics. Facebook’s founder, as Politico reports, has hired lobbyists from two lobbying firms: one Republican, the other Democratic in order to push Washington D.C. policymakers on education and immigration reform.
Google Glass is nearing launch, with the first units expected to go on sale in 2014. Which means it’s high time to legislate against the device. Thankfully, the proposed law is actually rather sensible.
The Web has changed the world, mostly for the better. Unfortunately while many of us have been able to take advantage of the new ways of doing things the Web has implemented, physically disabled people have not.
Microsoft has followed Google’s lead in publishing statistics about requests from law enforcement officials to hand over customer data. It’s difficult to make direct comparisons, but it appears that Microsoft gets more requests but hands over less data.
The audio tech firm founded by George Lucas, THX, is suing Apple for stealing its technology for use in the iPhone, iPad and iMac products. THX claims Apple has caused “monetary damage and irreparable harm,” and will seek compensation, in addition to a court order keeping Apple from further using the technology until a royalty is implemented.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled the use of National Security Letters (NSL) is unconstitutional, according to The New York Times. The letters, typically written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were used to obtain United States subscriber information from Internet Service Providers in secret and without a warrant, dodging the courts in near entirety. In the name of national security, ISPs were kept from disclosing to users they may be monitored by the FBI.