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Rubio tells feds to keep mitts off Internet

Posted By Andrea Shea King On 04/01/2013 @ 12:01 pm In Diversions,Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments

Seton Motley, president of Less Government, says let’s keep the Internet free.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio – and I – suggest that’s the way to go. Versus leftists who wish to regulate and tax the living daylight out of it.

The World Wide Web in the U.S. is arguably the least regulated sector – and almost unarguably the most successful. Coincidence? Unlikely. And because the Web is a free speech/free market Xanadu, the left is looking for any way possible to get the government’s hooks into it.

On March 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Senator Marco Rubio addressed tech policy attendees at the Free State Foundation’s annual Spring tech policy conference. Less Government’s Motley provided this analysis and context to the event in this video.

Twitter keeps the light on for ya!

Last week we told you that Twitter is celebrating its 7th anniversary. This week, a little birdie told us that Twitter really got kicked into high gear in 2008, when then U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shut down House coverage on C-Span and turned out the lights in the House chamber.

Politico reported, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.”

So some members of Congress took to Twitter to circumvent Pelosi’s attempt to block communications of the people’s business, creating an avalanche of tweets.

Via then Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s tweet: “Shame! Shame! Capital Hill police working under strict orders to shut Capital down at 4:30 p.m. today. Speaker Pelosi wants this shut down now 16 minutes ago.”

And at 4:22 p.m. Eastern: John Culberson’s Twitter is “over capacity!”

The Republicans continued to speak to the gallery, which Pelosi could not shut down without going into special session, tweeting from the House floor to update the world: “Twitter posts have been a big part of driving this important news story 2 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

“Press conf live now on qik.com 3 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

“I just told the House chamber We the People can take back the Capitol with these new media tools by networking and shining sunlight everywhere 16 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

Hashtags for Facebook too?

Why not? This amusing little dialogue explains what hashtagging is all about.

Beyond belief

A Facebook user asks, “Are there any decent search engines any more that don’t cater to the PC madness and won’t track your every move? This is mind-boggling we’re actually having this conversation. Celebration of one of Christendom’s most holy days replaced by a Marxist, socialist’s 86th birthday. See ya, Google. You’re just like Obama. Worthless sell out. Don’t believe me? It’s true – check it out yourself.”

@Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary tweets, “So Google commemorates Cesar Chavez’s birthday – but not Easter.”

Twitchy has compiled several tweeted reactions to Google’s marking of the birth of left-wing labor leader Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday. It truly is “beyond belief,” in every sense of the meaning.

And speaking of logos…

The “gay” little logo popping up all over Facebook has this person asking, “Is anyone else feeling harassed by the gay rights ‘equals’ logo? I see it everywhere: It fills my Facebook page, it is on the news, it is everywhere and I feel pounded by it.”

He continued, “This enormous red and pink ‘equals’ sign is strong and effective; it is also becoming a bully club as it appears everywhere, and those who bear it seem to want to beat us into submission. But when I log on to Facebook now, only one sign dominates: That red ‘equals’ sign is everywhere, hammering me. It is a particularly obnoxious sign and, to me, signals what the liberals always do, bully one into submission.”

He’s not alone. Some Facebook users are fighting back with a Facebook page that features a logo representing traditional marriage. See some of them here.

Like little Hansel and Gretel of the fairy tale

Using Wi-Fi signals, a Silicon Valley software program called WiFiSlam recently purchased by Apple can determine your iPhone location within buildings. How will its application be used? Let’s say you’re in a shopping mall. Your iPhone will get “slammed” with advertising and social networking messages relevant to your location.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple shelled out $20 million smackers to own two-year-old WiFiSlam. Imagine other ways WiFiSlam can be used, by … oh, I don’t know … a tyrannical government bent on tracking your every move?

Getting “apptitude”

Here are 10 iPhone apps you could be using.

Are you up to speed?

Here’s a fun test that tells you how up you are on current events. The results are broken down by age, education, gender and how you stacked up against others who took the quiz.


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