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CISPA Web-surveillance bill advances despite opposition

week in review Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passes House vote, while the Java trial notches its second week. Also: Google Drive in the cloud.

CISPA author Mike Rogers, a Republican, calls a proposed Democratic amendment "Big Brother on steroids."
CISPA author Mike Rogers, a Republican, calls a proposed Democratic amendment "Big Brother on steroids." C-SPAN

week in review A controversial Internet surveillance bill cleared its first hurdle to becoming law this week.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, 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.

While a proposed amendment that would have formally granted the NSA and Homeland Security additional surveillance authority was withdrawn, if signed into law, the bill is expected to usher in a new era of information sharing between companies and government agencies -- with limited oversight and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.
•  How CISPA would affect you (faq)
•  Proposed CISPA amendments do little to appease critics
•  White House takes aim at CISPA with formal veto threat
•  Advocacy group flip-flops twice over CISPA surveillance bill
•  Opposition grows to CISPA 'Big Brother' cybersecurity bill

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Android not critical to Google? Really?

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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Facebook IPO delay? Apparently Zuck's been too distracted

You might just have to wait a bit longer for Facebook's IPO, which is reportedly getting put off until June.
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Strong iPhone sales overshadow new iPad in Apple earnings

Apple turned in better than expected earnings today, posting record sales of the iPhone and iPad.
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•  Apple CEO on legal spats: I prefer to settle

Samsung tops Apple in global mobile phone shipments

Samsung is on a tear and dominating worldwide mobile phone shipments, according to two market research firms.
•  Samsung turns in record quarterly profit

Kaspersky: Mac security is '10 years behind Microsoft'

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
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