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Warrantless mobile phone location tracking heads to Supreme Court

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
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The US Supreme Court is being asked to resolve once and for all whether the authorities need a court warrant under the Fourth Amendment to obtain a suspect's cell-site location data records.

VA Embraces Virtual Care, Testing Bluetooth Hearing Aids

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Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20420, United States
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is running several new medical technology pilots, including systems that could let patients receive healthcare without leaving their homes or neighborhoods, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said.

This iPhone Accessory Replaces an Eye Doctor's Office

Location:
Smart Vision Labs, 335 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10017, United States
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New York City startup Smart Vision Labs has developed a $3,950 handheld replacement, the SVOne, that utilizes an iPhone's camera, processor, and wireless connection to examine patients anywhere and manage their cases online.

LinkedIn Starts Building a Syndicated Content Network

Location:
LinkedIn, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
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LinkedIn has gotten a lot of mileage out of the free content that famous people like Richard Branson write for the social network. Now it wants to get more: The company wants to syndicate that content for publication on other sites.

Seven Years Later: What Exactly Did Rupert Murdoch Do To The Wall Street Journal?

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New York, NY, United States
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Seven years ago, Rupert Murdoch ended the 105-year-long ownership of the Wall Street Journal by the Bancroft family, when he bought the paper for $5 billion.

FCC to Congress: Your tele-town halls are safe

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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The Federal Communications Commission is trying to calm the nerves of lawmakers about the legality of their telephone town hall outreach. The agency issued a set of FAQs on July 31 clarifying that nothing in a recent FCC ruling to strengthen robocall restrictions will change how lawmakers are allowed to reach out to constituents through virtual town halls.

What ProPublica is Doing About Diversity

Location:
ProPublica, 55 Broadway, New York, NY, 10006, United States
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Like many news organizations around the country, ProPublica is working hard to increase the diversity of our workplace.

ISPs: Net neutrality rules are illegal because Internet access uses computers

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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Internet service providers filed a 95-page brief in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit outlining their case that the Federal Communications Commission’s new network neutrality rules should be overturned.

US intelligence officials to take part in review of Clinton e-mails

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
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About a dozen US intelligence officials have been added to the State Department team reviewing former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mails amid spy agency concerns that classified information may have been compromised in connection with Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while in office.

What Hillary Clinton’s letter to the New York Times tells us about politics and media

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
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On July 30, the Hillary Clinton campaign posted on its website a 1,906-word letter to the New York Times. The letter is a response to an article that originally alleged a criminal investigation into the candidate's e-mail use as secretary of state.

NCTA responds to senators' set-top complaints, says consumers already have plenty of choice

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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The National Cable & Telecommunications Association responded aggressively to comments made by Sens Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), refuting their assertion that pay-TV consumers are paying too much for video set-top boxes and that more competition is needed in the set-top market. "

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Questioning Federal Broadband Spending

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The Pew Research Center released an analysis that highlighted 15 percent of all US adults do not use the Internet -- a fraction of the number (48 percent) in 2000, but a figure that is mainly unchanged in the past three years.

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Celebrating 20 Years at the Benton Foundation

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“Welcome to the Benton vortex,” a colleague said to me 20 years ago today and, noticing how startled I appeared added, “Don’t get me wrong; it’s a very nice vortex.”

What We Talk About When We Talk About “Tech Transitions”

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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If you follow tech policy, you’ve probably seen the summer’s hottest buzz-phrase: “the tech transition.”

Advertisers: US ‘right to be forgotten’ would be legally ‘baseless’

Location:
Association of National Advertisers, 708 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10017, United States
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US Regulators would be violating the First Amendment if they were to force Google and other search engines to delist certain irrelevant search results at a user’s request, a major advertising trade group said on July 31.

Comcast-owned NBC refused to run commercials for Sling TV's competing streaming service

Location:
Dish Network, 9601 South Meridian Boulevard (Sling TV), Englewood, CO, 80112, United States
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Sling TV, the company delivering Internet-based streaming TV, says it's being boxed out by Comcast-owned NBC. Sling CEO Roger Lynch tells us that NBC refused to run ads for Sling TV.

Women in science and engineering seek their own version of 'MacGyver' on TV

Location:
Qualcomm, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA, 92121, United States
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With an insane ability to turn random things like wine and lamp cords into tools, "MacGyver" inspired a generation of men to become tinkerers. Now, it just might be Mimi’s turn to spark a generation of women.

Internet providers call FCC's Net rules unlawful in court filing

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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The Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules amount to a "power grab," Internet service providers charge in a court filing.

Glare of Video Is Shifting Public’s View of Police

Location:
USA, United States
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2

The recording of encounters between the police and the public has begun to alter public views of the use of force and race relations, experts and police officials say.

Black caucus brings diversity push to Silicon Valley

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are flying to Silicon Valley to press the nation’s biggest technology companies to hire more African-American workers — a sign that the industry’s well-documented diversity problems are starting to generate new political heat in Washington.

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