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States, Feds and tech firms take action against revenge porn

April 6, 2015 4:55 am

The California Attorney General capped off a busy quarter in the nationwide campaign to rid the Internet of revenge porn. On Friday, the California AG announced the sentencing of Kevin Bollaert, operator of a cyber-exploitation website which posted nude photos of individuals with personal [...]

Franken presses FBI for action against revenge porn

April 3, 2015 2:54 pm

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged the FBI director James Comey to “respond swiftly and appropriately” to the growing number of non-consensual nude pictures and videos that are showing up on the Internet on pages like and similarly X-rated websites. “I am deeply concerned [...]

Microsoft does an about face on Do Not Track browser setting

April 3, 2015 2:10 pm

On one of the quietest news days so far this year, Microsoft is reversing course on how it implements its controversial Do Not Track setting for its Internet Explorer browser.  It will no long be activated as a default setting. Going forward, Do Not Track will have to be turned on by the [...]

Beltway and big brands make strange April Fools

April 1, 2015 3:29 pm

Roll Call publishes April Fools Day edition. Christiana Bellatoni writes: “Since returning to Roll Call as editor in chief in January 2014, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the spirit both of this place  and that place — the Capitol. April 1 is the birthday of our late [...]

Need more time? Google Fiber intros “Dial-up Mode

April 1, 2015 6:47 am

Today, Google Fiber announced a new feature for its service in Kansas City, Provo and Austin: “Dial-up mode, a way for users to get their time back.” In a  slickly produced YouTube post, Google Fiber touts the new service as option that gives its subscribers “time to do the little things in [...]

Senate subcommittee opens probe into FTC FOIA goof

March 30, 2015 5:41 pm

The Senate antitrust subcommittee is opening up an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the release to the press of an FTC confidential staff report recommending an antitrust lawsuit against Google. “We are interested in how the FTC allowed a confidential report to be disclosed and, [...]

Google to WSJ: “Really, Rupert?”

March 28, 2015 2:53 pm

Google struck an irreverent tone, leading with an animated gif of a laughing baby, to rebut two recent Wall Street Journal stories. Rachel Whetstone, Google’s senior vice president of communications and policy, posted the equivalent of an open letter on its public policy blog, titled, “Really, [...]
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