It’s coming down to the wire this week in the U.S. Senate, when that “august” body will consider a bill to address “cyber security.” Taking it down to the bare wood for you, here’s the deal: Some senators want to impose measures that would burden Internet businesses and hamstring Internet users. Other senators? Not so much, offering their own alternative version that’s less onerous, but only by degrees.
Do either of the versions have a chance of passing? Some bet they don’t. Regardless how this three-act play ends, the likelihood of a Senate “cyber security” measure getting an encore in the GOP-led House during this congressional session is writ large on the screen: “The End.”
But don’t let that fool you. In smaller type just below the rolling credits, reads, “To be Continued.”
Google says its digital technology can take down drug cartels.
On its blogsite earlier this month, Google wrote: “We believe that technology has the power to expose and dismantle global criminal networks, which depend on secrecy and discretion in order to function. And for the past few months, we’ve been working with people fighting on the front line to gain a better understanding of what drives these networks and how they function.”
The summit wrapped up last Wednesday. View Google uploaded videos from the event on its YouTube channel.
Canadians fight for free speech on Internet
WND has reported that participants in Free Dominion, a Canadian website similar to Free Republic here in the U.S. are working to raise an estimated $14,000 needed to pursue arguments in a court case that would solidify the foundation for Internet free speech in Canada, a case they won at the trial court level but saw reversed on appeal because the judges wanted to address “a number of public interest and legal issues.”
This tech writer predicts the PC is doomed and its end will come quicker than you think, forcing Microsoft to make some major adjustments to its business model.
“I, Cringely” writes: “What’s rapidly replacing the PC in our culture is the smart phone. Today the PC industry and the smart phone industry are neck-and-neck in terms of size at around $250 billion each. But which one is growing faster? For that matter, which one is growing at all?”
Cringely gives it five years before your desktop PC eventually goes the way of the dinosaur.
Nearly all of us are on our next-to-last PC. Microsoft knows this on some level. Their reptilian corporate brain is beginning to comprehend what could be the end. That’s why the company is becoming increasingly desperate for ways to maintain its central role in our digital lives. We see the first bet-the-company aspects of that in Redmond’s recent decision to run the Windows 8 kernel all the way down to ARM-powered phones and tablets, even though it requires shedding features to do so.
Page has lost his voice. Speculation is running rampant as to why. Google’s chief executive was a no-show at Google’s quarterly earnings conference call last week, following a month of absences from other Google public events.
TV political pundit and comedian Stephen Kruiser is a Twitter expert, social network and new media guru who advises corporate and political clients and speaks regularly about new media to numerous organizations across the country, writes blogger Ann-Marie Murrell at Patriot Update.
Combine Kruiser with Ari David, an entertainment industry professional and former political candidate who utilizes new media platforms Facebook to promote events. What you get is Victory New Media Solutions, a company the pair have created to get everyone – especially conservative candidates – into the political game.
In an interview, David explained, “No blogger, business or political candidate should be without a strong and professional social media presence. It used to be that when promoting or getting people to think about something, we could rely on binary promotion or public relations, but now that we live in an online world of true information democratization and have to accept that our customer bases are much more informed, we now have to use social media tools to build trust and start conversations.”