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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Update To Electronic Communications Privacy Law

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 25 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bipartisan bill to update privacy law covering U.S. citizens' electronic communications Thursday. Most notably, the bill would eliminate the current rule that enables law ... Read More

What High Tech Skills Shortage? New Study Casts Doubt on Tech Industry Claim

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 24 2013

A new study published Wednesday by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, challenges the technology industry's constant complaint that there's a shortage of available high-skilled labor in the United States. Read More

White House Supports Online Sales Tax Bill

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 22 2013

The Obama administration on Monday said that it "strongly supports" legislation under consideration in the Senate that would allow states to force out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their online sales. "The ... Read More

Get Ready For FAILfaire, An Evening Where Tech #FAILS Are Examined Under A Microscope

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 22 2013

People in the business world have embraced the concept of "failing fast," "failing early," and "failing often," as part of the iterative process of innovation, and learning tough lessons as quickly as possible when ... Read More

In the "Sharing Economy," The Regulatory Rubber Meets the Ride-Sharing Road

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, April 19 2013

Photo: Flickr/Boltzr

Emerging transportation services Uber and Sidecar are engaging in a public war of perceptions as the popularity of their services grow, and regulators ponder how to protect consumers under laws written decades before the dawn of the on-demand, app-driven economy. Read More

Controversial Cybersecurity Legislation CISPA Sails Through The House

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 18 2013

A controversial bill aimed at encouraging the private sector to be more forthcoming with the sharing of potential threat information with U.S. military entities sailed through the House Thursday by a vote of 288 to 127, ... Read More

Oakland Gets A New Data Visualization Site for Its Budget

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 17 2013

The civic hacking group OpenOakland unveiled a new budget visualization Web site called Open Budget Oakland Wednesday. The site enables visitors to visualize total department expenditures, the details of spending within ... Read More

White House Threatens To Veto House Version of CISPA

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 16 2013

The White House on Tuesday threatened to block the passage of a landmark cybersecurity bill in its current form, saying that it doesn't do enough to protect citizens' privacy when corporations share potential threat ... Read More

"Organizer," the Software Company That Wants To Make Campaign Field Offices Obsolete

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, April 16 2013

Organizer Founder Ralph Garvin, Jr. took the drudgery of his 2008 campaign experience and turned it into a startup.

If people-powered, neighbor-to-neighbor campaigns are the future of political persuasion, as President Barack Obama's former campaign manager Jim Messina suggests it is, then the practice is in need of a serious upgrade. That's exactly what Ralph Garvin hopes to bring to the table with Organizer, a new political software suite that just landed two big, early clients, the labor-backed Working Families Party and Howard Dean's grassroots group, Democracy for America. Read More

Silicon Valley Bigwigs Make Another High-Profile Run At Immigration Reform

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 11 2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg marked the launch of his much-ballyhooed new Silicon Valley advocacy group on Thursday with a letter in the Washington Post, writing: "To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best. We need those middle-school students to be tomorrow’s leaders." But this marriage of Silicon Valley pizazz and bipartisan spirit is hardly Silicon Valley's first crack at Capitol Hill. In fact, what's most notable about the group is that it was started at all. Read More