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.
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.
In court, Larry Page and Andy Rubin say Android 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.
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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.
Apple turned in better than expected earnings today, posting record sales of the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung is on a tear and dominating worldwide mobile phone shipments, according to two market research firms.
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
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.
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