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  • 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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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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    Dear Vivek Wadhwa, We Need To Fix Our Whole Immigration System And I Need Your Help

    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. First, thank you Vivek and thank you to TechCrunch for giving me a chance to engage you and your readers in a dialogue about immigration. Vivek, in your essay “Dear Congressman Gutierrez… Read More

  • Gavin Newsom's New Book Citizenville

    Keen On… Gavin Newsom: How To Get From FarmVille To Citizenville [TCTV]

    If there is one prominent U.S. politician who has consistently staked his reputation to the digital revolution, it’s Gavin Newsom, the two-time San Francisco mayor, now Lieutenant Governor of California. This week he is launching a new book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, a FarmVille-inspired riff which lays out his agenda for transforming… Read More

  • Dear Congressman Gutierrez, Please Lift Your Hold On Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Dear Congressman Gutierrez, Please Lift Your Hold On Silicon Valley

    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. During this week’s hearing at the House Judiciary Committee on immigration, at which I was asked to testify, you made some revealing remarks. Read More

  • Google.org Donates A Total Of $3.7M To Spark Civic Innovation Using Technology

    Google.org Donates A Total Of $3.7M To Spark Civic Innovation Using Technology

    Today, Google.org’s VP, Matthew Stepka, announced that the non-profit arm of Google is going to be giving a large sum money to Sunlight Foundation and mySociety to promote civic innovation through technology. Specifically, its Civic Information API will help fuel new applications and services for places worldwide. Big and small. Here’s what Stepka had to say about the… Read More

  • The Defense Intelligence Agency Is Looking For Contractors To Help It Exploit Mobile Devices

    The Defense Intelligence Agency Is Looking For Contractors To Help It Exploit Mobile Devices

    The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is looking for a few good contractors to help it kick up its mobile information gathering capabilities, according to a new request for information. The request has the government organization soliciting information sources for technology aimed at exploiting digital media and hardware, with a special request for exploitation of mobile devices with methods… Read More

  • Google Reveals Government Requests For User Data, Content Removal On The Rise

    Google Reveals Government Requests For User Data, Content Removal On The Rise

    Google released an update to its Transparency Report today, detailing how government requests both for information about users and also for content removal from Google services. The numbers indicate a startling trend: in both cases, requests are on the rise, according to the latest data added to the report, which covers January to June 2012. Content takedown requests especially saw a… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales On British Government Snooping: “Technologically Incompetent”

    Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales On British Government Snooping: “Technologically Incompetent”

    Don’t mess with Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia when it comes to Internet freedom, because he will use harsh words to lash out at you. Today, according to the BBC, Wales had some choice words for the British government and their snooping practices on citizens. Basically, he called them “technologically incompetent.” Yikes. A quick bit of background here, the British government… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Office 365 For Government

    Microsoft Launches Office 365 For Government

    Google scored an important win over Microsoft a few weeks ago when it won a $35 million U.S. government contract to bring its cloud-based office solution to the Department of the Interior. Microsoft’s legacy solutions, of course, remain a staple in government offices, but as more and more agencies want to move their productivity and collaboration services to the cloud, Microsoft is… Read More

  • U.S. House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill 248 To 168

    U.S. House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill 248 To 168

    This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 248 to 168. Unlike SOPA, which focused on copyright violations, CISPA wants to give Internet companies and the U.S. government the tools to protect and defend themselves against cyber attacks by sharing information with each other. Critics, however… Read More

  • U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

    U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

    I’ve been harping for a while here on TechCrunch about the benefits of open source software. I often quote Canonical’s Technical Architect Allison Randal, who said “Free software is a fundamentally superior model for developing software.” Free and open source software enabled much of the innovation we write about here at TechCrunch, but it’s been slow to move… Read More

  • The Government Wants To Build An App Store For Real-Life Jack Bauers

    The Government Wants To Build An App Store For Real-Life Jack Bauers

    The US Department of Defense Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit is look for a few good coders to help build apps and an entire app store for bomb technicians and soldiers involved in ordnance handling. This is when sliding to unlock could mean the difference between life or death. The request for proposals is as dull as dirt (you can read it hear) but the requirements are clear… Read More

  • Google to Settle with U.S. Government for $500 Million

    Google to Settle with U.S. Government for $500 Million

    Today, regulators will announce a $500 million settlement with Google over charges related to advertisements for illegal online pharmacies. The pharmacies appearing in Google ads were operating outside the law, leading to a Department of Justice investigation into Google’s advertising practices – an investigation which decreased Google’s profits by 22%, reports the The New… Read More

  • TomTom Traffic Stats: Know Your Traffic Patterns (If You're In Government)

    Some infrastructure news for your Monday afternoon. Pretend this is Civlization V. TomTom has a new traffic database called TomTom Traffic Stats that makes it easier for BIG GOVERNMENT for study traffic patterns and the like. A sort of, “Hmm, maybe we should add a traffic light there, there seems to be a lot of slowing down and confusion as people approach the intersection.” Read More