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Social networks are no longer solely about communicating with friends and family, they're also platforms for digesting news. You can even subscribe to daily news feeds from Facebook to help stay current on what's happening around the world. However, as we increasingly turn to social networks for news and civic discussions, are we also creating so-called "echo chambers" in which we're only seeing information from people who share the same views as us? Facebook says no. The world's largest social playground conducted research in hopes of answering that very question, and one of the things it found,... Read more...
President Barack Obama's first order of business this week was to post an open letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify Internet service as a utility and implement strong rules in favor of net neutrality, such as disallowing the rental of premium fast lanes and banning the practice of throttling. But while it's nice to have the President in your corner on important issues like net neutrality, it's come to light that politicians on both sides of the aisle received a combined sum of more than $8 million in campaign contributions from big cable companies in the 2014... Read more...
Depending on where you live and shop, you can buy a taco with Bitcoin, a form of virtual currency. You can also buy computer systems and even a Lamborghini with Bitcoin. Despite various shady activities and scandals associated with untraceable crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, the list of things you can buy with it keeps it growing. Heck, you can even make donations to political committees. The U.S. Federal Election Committee (FEC) is allowing Bitcoin to be used to make donations to political action committees under certain conditions, Reuters reports. Following a unanimous vote, the FEC approved... Read more...
A number of prominent online companies have joined forces to create The Internet Association, the nation's first trade association claiming to represent the interests of the Internet economy. Led by President and CEO Michael Beckerman, IA consists of Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga. For better or worse, these are the companies that will lobby Internet-related issues in Washington, with an emphasis on three key areas: Protecting Internet freedom; fostering innovation and economic growth;... Read more...
Let's face it -- Twitter couldn't possibly be bigger right now. Practically everyone at SXSW is using it by the minute, it's pulling in new funds during a tight credit crunch and even a politician that was born long, long before the advent of the Internet is about to do an interview on it. Life's good in the Twitterverse, and it's about to get serious at noon eastern time today.ABC News' George Stephanopoulos is gearing up to conduct an entire interview with the Republican party's most recent presidential nominee, and there will be no special provisions to circumvent the 140 character limit. So... Read more...
After the Senate approved a delay for the Digital TV Transition in January, the House of Representatives blocked it in a vote of 258 to 168. Now, the House of Representatives is rehashing the issue and has voted to delay the switch to digital television after all. In case you were wondering, the initial House vote was in a special fast-track vote which required two-thirds support to pass.  This time, the bill passed under a regular floor vote, which requires only a simple majority. Today, the House voted 264-158 to postpone the shutdown of analog TV signals until June 12 in order to address... Read more...
Well, you can't say you saw this coming, can you? After the United States Senate approved a four month delay for the digital TV transition that would have effectively moved the cutover date from February 17th to June 12th, the House of Representatives stopped the whole show.In a shocking decision, the House voted 258 to 168 in favor of the bill, but under the special rules for this vote that required a full two-thirds majority to pass, it didn't quite make it. If it had received the appropriate amount of yeas, the switch -- which will see all local broadcast stations shut their analog signals off... Read more...