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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015, focused on issues like sales tax, drones, and cloud services   —  Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying  —  Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies.
Feb 8, 2016, 10:55 AMIn context
Washington Post:
Talks between the UK and US underway to amend laws to allow UK to serve wiretap orders directly to US firms   —  The British want to come to America — with wiretap orders and search warrants  —  If U.S. and British negotiators have their way, MI5, the British domestic security service …
Feb 5, 2016, 7:35 PMIn context
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: NSA plans major reorg to merge cyber offense and defense divisions amid internal concerns that the change could undermine private sector partnerships   —  National Security Agency plans major reorganization  —  The National Security Agency, the largest electronic spy agency in the world …
Feb 2, 2016, 3:20 PMIn context
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Google Fiber is sending invitations to trusted testers for experimental telephone service called Google Fiber Phone, similar to Google Voice   —  Google Fiber may be looking to add phone services  —  Google Fiber is sending out invitations to an experimental telephone service …
Jan 29, 2016, 7:00 PMIn context
Eric Yoder / Washington Post:
Obama administration says a newly-created agency will conduct federal background checks, and DOD will store records, after internal review following OPM breach   —  Pentagon to take over control of background investigation information  —  Updated:  —  The government will shift responsibility …
Jan 23, 2016, 1:00 AMIn context
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Some police forces score citizens' threat level with Intrado's Beware software based on your medical, criminal history, and social media posts   —  The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’  —  FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call …
Jan 12, 2016, 6:00 AMIn context
Washington Post:
To fight ISIS online, White House announces DHS-led counter-terrorism task force involving other federal, local agencies, plus revamp of State Department effort   —  Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against the Islamic State  —  The Obama administration is creating …
Jan 8, 2016, 4:55 PMIn context
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
President Obama instructs Defense Department, the Justice Department, and DHS to research and regularly review smart gun technology in executive action   —  Obama embraces smart guns, thrilling proponents of the controversial technology  —  Proponents of smart guns say President Obama's executive action …
Jan 5, 2016, 5:10 PMIn context
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
How the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 broadens the powers of network operators to conduct surveillance for the government   —  How does the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 change the Internet surveillance laws?  —  The Omnibus Appropriations Act that President Obama signed into law last week has a provision called the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.
Dec 29, 2015, 1:55 AMIn context
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC wants to meet with T-Mobile, Comcast, AT&T by January 15 to discuss their zero-rating programs   —  Regulators want to talk to AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile about sponsored data  —  Federal regulators have asked AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile to meet with them to discuss a growing …
Dec 17, 2015, 8:20 PMIn context

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How StaffPad and Microsoft Surface are empowering creativity in music  —  By age 6, Garrett Weyenberg was composing full, intricate songs, sometimes scooting his entire body along the piano to play multiple octaves.
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