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FCC poised to adopt ‘network neutrality’ rules

Critics say FCC plan creates ‘vague and shifting landscape’ for rules on web traffic New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday. The rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing…

FTC proposes ‘Do Not Track’ list for Internet users

Modeled on the National Do Not Call Registry, the Federal Trade commission proposed on Wednesday the creation of a “Do Not Track” registry for Internet users. The proposal comes amid news that Mozilla Corp., the maker of the popular web browser Firefox, is considering creating a do-not-track mechanism to offer…

FCC preparing to vote on network neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commission preparing to vote on network neutrality rules Federal regulators are moving ahead with a plan to prohibit phone and cable companies from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks. Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will outline his proposal for so-called…

Russia’s Medvedev warns West of ‘new arms race’

President Dmitry Medvedev warned the West on Tuesday that the two sides’ failure to agree on a missile shield for Europe could spark an arms race that sees Russia deploy new weapons abroad. The stark warning from a president who has developed a history of adopting a softer Western policy…

Deficit commission plan would kill 4 million jobs, analysis finds

The preliminary deficit reduction plan recently released by the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility would kill four million jobs over the next three years, according to a recently published analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). “Using the rule of thumb that a 1% increase in GDP…

In legal filings, BP says thousands of oil spill victims do not have right to sue

BP and its partners in the blown-out Gulf well said on Monday that thousands of fishermen, seafood processors, restaurants, hotel owners and others may not yet have the right to sue over the spill, according to court papers. BP and its partners such as Transocean Ltd and Halliburton Co said…

North Carolina cops push for access to drug prescription records

Proposal turns ‘sufferers into suspects,’ critics say The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is pushing the state to open up drug prescription records to police in search of painkiller abusers, a move that has raised alarms among privacy advocates. The Charlotte News & Observer reports that sheriffs made their proposal to…

Four Democrats slam Google and Verizon over net neutrality

Four members of Congress bashed a “net neutrality” proposal made by Google and Verizon, calling on US regulators to find their own way to insure all data is treated equally online. “Rather than expansion upon a proposal by two large communications companies with a vested financial interest in the outcome,…

Florida GOP candidate urges internment camps for undocumented immigrants

A Republican state house candidate from northern Florida is standing by her proposal to build internment camps for undocumented immigrants that would “collect enough illegal aliens until you have enough to ship them back.” Marg Baker, who’s one of three GOP candidates running for the nomination for Florida’s 48th district,…

Google denies selling out on ‘net neutrality’

Google tried to derail talk that it has “sold out” on the idea of insuring all data is treated equally when it comes to routing traffic on the Internet. A legal framework for “net neutrality” proposed this week by Google and US telecom titan Verizon has given rise to “myths”…

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