CISPA author Mike Rogers, a Republican, calls a proposed Democratic amendment "Big Brother on steroids."
week in review A controversial Internet surveillance bill cleared its first hurdle to becoming law this week.
The U.S. House of Representatives
, or CISPA, rejecting increasingly vocal arguments from critics that it would do more to endanger Americans' privacy than aid cybersecurity. By a vote of 248 to 168, a bipartisan majority approved CISPA, which would permit Internet companies to hand over confidential customer records and communications to the National Security Agency and other portions of the U.S. government.
approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
the NSA and Homeland Security additional surveillance authority was withdrawn, if signed into law, the bill is expected to usher in a new era of information sharing between companies and government agencies -- with limited oversight and privacy safeguards.
a proposed amendment that would have formally granted
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The online file storage and sync service is more than just a Dropbox and SkyDrive competitor. Because it can cost users real money, it makes us into customers, not just eyeballs for advertisers.
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In court, Larry Page and Andy Rubin say
wasn't critical to Google's business success. Which doesn't square easily with a Google doc projecting $1.3B in Android ad and app sales.
ÂÂ Google's original phone surfaces in court
ÂÂ Oracle and Java were no match for Android, Google says
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You might just have to wait a bit longer for Facebook's IPO, which is reportedly getting put off until June.
ÂÂ Facebook's revenue rises in first quarter, but profit falls
ÂÂ Facebook buys AOL patents from Microsoft for $550M
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ÂÂ Did Facebook spend $1B to keep Instagram from Twitter?
Apple turned in better than expected earnings today, posting record sales of the iPhone and
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ÂÂ Apple CEO on legal spats: I prefer to settle
Samsung is on a tear and dominating worldwide mobile phone shipments, according to two market research firms.
ÂÂ Samsung turns in record quarterly profit
In an interview, the security firm's CEO says Apple has a lot more malware coming its way, and that it's not putting enough resources into protecting use
ÂÂ New Flashback variant making the rounds
A space startup says nearby asteroids can be mined for water, platinum, and other natural resources to enable space exploration and bring those valuable materials to Earth.
ÂÂ Asteroid mining: Land grab in space
Also of note
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ÂÂ Groupon CEO tells employees the site needs to grow up
ÂÂ Justice Department closes probe into Google Street View