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  • Senator Al Franken Asks Uber’s CEO Tough Questions On User Privacy

    Senator Al Franken Asks Uber’s CEO Tough Questions On User Privacy

    Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Subcommittee On Privacy, Technology, and the Law, has posted a public letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in which he addresses many of the claims made over the past few days that the company has consistently compromised user privacy as a matter of course. “I am especially troubled because there appears to be evidence of practices inconsistent with… Read More

  • Google Wants Mr. YouTube To Go To Washington (Or Vice Versa)

    Google Wants Mr. YouTube To Go To Washington (Or Vice Versa)

    Google is hoping to encourage legislators, lawmakers, elected representatives and others under the general category of nation-runners to use YouTube to spread their messages and speak to their constituencies and citizens. The company just launched YouTube for Government, a destination that’s designed to make the onboarding process easy for even the most out-of-touch members of… Read More

  • Dropbox Calls For Support Of The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

    Dropbox Calls For Support Of The Senate’s NSA Reform Bill

    This morning, Dropbox released new information detailing government requests for its user data, and information about certain user accounts. The company also called for the passage of the Senate’s version of the USA FREEDOM Act. In the first half of 2014, Dropbox received “268 requests for user information from law enforcement agencies and 0-249 national security requests.” In… Read More

  • House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

    House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

    The House of Representatives has passed by a landslide an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that will cut off funding to National Security Agency’s “backdoor” surveillance. The act, which places limits on how the NSA can gain access to communication, including email, online browsing, and chat histories, still has to gain Senate approval, but it represents a… Read More

  • Nokia Says It’s Disappointed With Indian Court Ruling That Rejected Asset Transfer To Microsoft

    Nokia Says It’s Disappointed With Indian Court Ruling That Rejected Asset Transfer To Microsoft

    Nokia’s transfer of its Indian manufacturing unit and other assets in the country to Microsoft is facing a legal hurdle that could force the Finnish phone maker to take some extreme steps including potential shutdown of the plant. If the Indian manufacturing plant is not transferred to Microsoft, it could mean less money for Nokia from the Microsoft deal. After India’s Supreme Court… Read More

  • White House’s Deputy Tech Advisor Turns To Bartending Amid Shutdown

    White House’s Deputy Tech Advisor Turns To Bartending Amid Shutdown

    Here’s a novel way to spend some mandatory vacation time: serve your fellow co-workers top-shelf alcohol. The government shutdown has most of Washington’s public sector furloughed, so Tom Power — the White House’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer – decided to take up bartending. Washington D.C.’s shutdown is like a Catholic school prom: all that pent-up… Read More

  • Microsoft Received 37,196 Gov Requests For Data Impacting 66,539 Accounts In First Half Of 2013

    Microsoft Received 37,196 Gov Requests For Data Impacting 66,539 Accounts In First Half Of 2013

    Today Microsoft reported the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the first half of (calendar) 2013: 37,196. Those requests dealt with, at most, 66,539 accounts. Microsoft reported that in full-year 2012 (calendar) it received 75,378 requests that impacted no more than 137,424 accounts. So, requests this year are roughly on par with… Read More

  • Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Editor’s note: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois in the U.S. Congress and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Vivek, I was sorry to read in your most recent post that you were “disappointed” with my response to your article on immigration and Silicon Valley, but I am not surprised. You and I… Read More

  • Rep. Gutierrez, Let’s Try The Silicon Valley Way – Lean Immigration Reform

    Rep. Gutierrez, Let’s Try The Silicon Valley Way – Lean Immigration Reform

    Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University, Fellow at Stanford Law School, and Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University. Thank you for responding to my TechCrunch post in which I asked you to release your hold on Silicon Valley. I agree with everything you wrote… Read More

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