The NSA Won A Defunding Battle, But It Could Lose The War

The National Security Agency has lost the political support it needs to maintain its controversial Internet and phone dragnet spying operation. Yesterday, July 24th, the House of Representatives nearly ratified the most brazen amendment to completely cut off funds for any broad NSA spying program (failing 205-217). With more time to build grassroots momentum and … Continue reading

Zynga Won’t Pursue Real-Money Gaming License In The U.S.; Shares Drop 13% In After-Hours

Zynga is giving up what many investors had hoped might be its trump card: a real-money gaming business in the U.S. The company, which has been testing out real-money casino games in the U.K., said it won’t be pursuing a U.S. license after all in its second quarter earnings report today. Sources tell us this … Continue reading

12 Innocent Topics That Britain’s New Hyper-Censored Internet Will Probably Block

British Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed the democratized world’s most aggressive anti-porn laws. Unfortunately, in order to restrict access to something as ubiquitous as porn, he’ll likely have to block most of the Internet. To protect “children and their innocence,” Cameron has proposed new regulations that will filter online porn by default and completely … Continue reading

Requests for Google User Account Info by Governments Are on the Rise

Google said today that the overall number of requests it has received from government agencies around the world for information on the accounts of its users has nearly doubled in the last three years. The disclosure comes in the latest update to Google’s Transparency Report, the running tally the Internet giant keeps on such metrics … Continue reading

U.K. Government Jumps On The Autonomous Robot Bandwagon, Sort Of

The U.K. government appears to be taking a leaf out of Jeff Bezos’ Massive Book Of Marketing Genius – by spicing up the dry digital tome that is its 2013 National Infrastructure Plan, which sets out infrastructure investment priorities for the next decade or so – by inserting a paragraph committing to encouraging the development … Continue reading

Poll: Public Supports NSA Spying On Their Email, Neighbors And Foreign Leaders

Despite a torrent of outrage from the press, world leaders, and the United States Congress, most Americans still approve of the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices. Most importantly, public opinion barely budged a percentage point since the NSA’s global phone and Internet spy network was first revealed. We even polled whether Americans support the near … Continue reading

Congress Should Listen To Marissa Mayer

Congress could learn some lessons from Silicon Valley. Extreme partisan gridlock over the federal budget is inching the country closer to drastic spending cuts, known ominously as “the sequester.” Yet, members of Congress used to be far more agreeable back when they weren’t occupied with four-day weekends raising cash in their districts and, instead, could … Continue reading