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BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, February 2 2012

  • Last night, President Obama posted on Twitter, “One-term president? It's up to you.” What the President might not have realized was how prepared Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney was for the remark, to which he replied, “He's right. http://onetermfund.com #OneTermFund.” The site solicits donations of up to $2,500 for the Romney campaign and has received over 1,800 tweets.

  • Last night, Karen Handel, vice president of public policy at the Susan G. Komen foundation, deleted a retweet from Jade Morey, which said “Just like a pro-abortion group to turn a cancer orgs decision into a political bomb to throw. Cry me a freaking river.” A Twitter user managed to get a capture of the Tweet prior to it being deleted. Handel is an infrequent Twitter user, but in her bio mentions that she is a “Lifelong Conservative Republican formerly Georgia’s first Republican Secretary of State.” The Foundation recently changed its requirements so that vendors and grantees, as The New York Times reports, must certify they are not under investigation by federal, state or local authorities. This seems to some to be aimed at ridding Komen of a relationship with Planned Parenthood, which is under investigation, from a certain point of view: Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) is conducting his own review of the controversial organization.

    A Facebook page titled "De-fund the Komen Foundation" has 11,151 likes. A virtual card with the message "Thank you for cutting off funding to cancer screening programs in order to prove that you are pro-life" has been shared over 12,400 times.

    Komen's founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, says in a YouTube video released yesterday that "current grants are not affected" and that the foundation "will never bow to political pressure."

  • The Democratic National Committee has already created a video making use of a statement by Mitt Romney that he's "not concerned about very poor people."

  • Top Google engineer Matt Cutts was able to convince South Korean government officials to have some government websites be indexed by the search engine, the Wall Street Journal reported:

    One of those in the audience was Kang Min-koo, a senior judge in the Seoul High Court. When he saw the court's Web site was on Mr. Cutts' list of government sites that couldn't be indexed by Google - and thus couldn't be found on a Google search - he sent a text message by phone to the court's webmaster ordering it to be changed. Since the change can be made by altering just a few lines of software code, the webmaster had it done in no time. When it came time for questions, Mr. Kang asked Mr. Cutts to check if the High Court's site showed up on Google - and it did. "That's amazing," Mr. Cutts said, calling it an example of South Korea's "balli balli," or hurry-up, culture and promising to use the experience in future speeches. When an attorney from one of the country's most prominent firms asked if other countries also blocked Google from listing their Web sites, Mr. Cutts said South Korea was unique among the developed, prominent countries of the world as "one of the few that has done more blocking."

  • Last week's Overseas Vote Foundation summit is available to view on Cspan.org.
  • FBI Director Robert Mueller testified this week that cyberthreats will be surpassing terrorism as the top threats to the country.

  • In a last-minute, apparently unsuccessful effort to counter Mitt Romney, conservative evangelical groups say they e-mailed a critical "report card" of Romney's "real positions" to 1.6 million Florida residents who are self-identified Christians and pastors.

  • A member of Congress from Utah who is a Mitt Romney supporter said a Newt Gingrich robocall which claimed that Romney took kosher meals away from Holocaust survivors was "over the line."

  • The PayPal co-founders have funded a pro-Ron Paul Super PAC, Reuters reported.

  • Facebook's political action committee raised $170,000 in the fourth quarter.

  • Politico’s David Catanese reports that California Congressman Howard Berman recently sent out his first fundraising email. Berman, who has been in Congress since 1982, states in the email, “Because of the tremendous changes created by California’s new redistricting process, I am now in the political fight of my life against a well-funded opponent who has been stockpiling money for nearly a decade in anticipation of this race.”

  • Tumblr hopes to expand its services and will begin to document and market user-generated content within the site. The popular blogging site has hired a new editor in chief, Chris Mohney from BlackBook Media, and an executive editor, Jessica Bennett, from Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

  • A candidate for New York State Senate is alleging that his opponent is hiding his ties to white-supremacist groups by deleting articles on the Internet in which he interviewed figures including a white nationalist, articles that were then reposted on the websites of hate groups without his involvement.

  • A prominent former New York State Senator — author of a law designed to prevent individual neighborhoods from being disproportionately overburdened with government facilities such as homeless shelters or drug treatment clinics — is asking his 1,018 Facebook friends whether he should try to run again.

  • The interest in Facebook's IPO yesterday was so great that it caused the website of the SEC to crash, according to Twitter reports. Facebook's settlement with the FTC was a necessary hurdle for the company to overcome before its initial public offering, the Washington Post reported.

  • The Public Affairs Council's National Grassroots Conference is spending a lot of time discussing the role of Facebook in constituent outreach.

  • Gawker took a look at what factors seem to inform Google's classification of users. Interest in technology and newspapers seems to skew users toward a male classification.

  • A Viacom CEO said he does not believe there will be another large push for anti-piracy legislation this year.

  • The Mormon Church is in the midst of a campaign to raise its profile, using tools like SEO and online chats along the way:

    For example, the "I am a Mormon" ad campaign, which features stereotype-busting Mormons who are black or single parents, helped boost chat sessions on the church's website to more than a million in the last 12 months. .. Among other steps, it has hired an expert in search-engine optimization to raise the profile of the church's own views in a web search.

  • A new website from Columbia University shows the energy consumption of buildings in New York City, block by block.

  • New York City's Department of Health is under some criticism for digitally removing the legs of an actor, without his knowledge, in a photo for an anti-diabetes, anti-obesity ad campaign.

  • In a new program, some New York City police dogs will be wearing cameras that transmit real-time information to their owners around the corner.

  • A hosting provider for some of Megaupload's content has set up a website, megaretrieval.com, to help its former users contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation about how the Megaupload shutdown has affected them.

  • An injured survivor of the 2005 London bombings has created a smartphone app to help make travel around London easier for people with disabilities.

  • A group of Austrian students who formed a group calling itself "Europe vs Facebook" say they have a meeting scheduled with Facebook representatives to discuss their complaints about the site's privacy issues.

  • A Dutch member of the European parliament is criticizing a proposed plan for the sharing of air passengers' data between European Union countries and the United States over privacy concerns.

  • The British phone hacking inquiry has expanded to include an investigation into suspicions of e-mail hacking at the Times of London.

  • The British Education Secretary responded to questions from members of parliament who were informed in their queries by 5,000 Twitter messages that had been solicited from the public

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  • Mexicans may have been overcharged billions for phone and web use, according to a report.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has launched the Dialog About Germany site, which encourages citizens to contribute ideas for the country's future. Discussion is prompted by three central questions: "How do we want to live together?", "How do we want to earn our living?" and "How do we want to learn?" Users can submit comments, comments on others' contributions and rate comments. The contributors of the ten suggestions that get the most user votes will be invited to meet with Merkel.

  • After Ukrainian authorities shut down a file-sharing website, Ukrainian government websites were taken down by hackers.

  • A South Korean activist has been indicted for reposting tweets from the North Korean government's account.

  • A Chinese dissident is on trial for using Skype to transmit what prosecutors say was a subversive poem.

  • A Saudi hacker claimed to have broken into the-mails of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

With Raphael Majma

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