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What The FBI Wants In A Social Media Monitoring App

The FBI raised eyebrows last week with a document that details plans for a map-based app that would help the agency gather intelligence from sources like Facebook and Twitter. Translating tweets and developing "a dictionary of 'tweet' lingo" are among the app's desired functionalities.
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Calif. Rule Tries To Jumpstart Electric Car Market

California officials have approved a rule mandating that, by 2025, 15 percent of new cars and trucks sold be powered by batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or other technology that produces little or no air pollution. California has tried this before and it didn't work.
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Facebook IPO: Worth The Price Or Next Internet Bubble?

Facebook is expected to file papers for an initial public offering this week, and industry watchers say the company may be valued at nearly $100 billion. Is the social networking website worth the price, or is this another Internet bubble in the making?
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How Online Paywalls Are Changing Journalism

Online media advocate Clay Shirky has long been a skeptic of newspaper paywalls. He now thinks 2012 could be the year that a critical mass of readers will be willing to pay for news online. Shirky discusses his conversion and Denise Warren, general manager for NYTimes.com, explains the New York Times paywall strategy.
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'Consent' Asks: Who Owns The Internet?

In Consent of the Networked, Rebecca MacKinnon investigates how the governments and corporations that control the digital world can impinge on civil liberties.
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Public Or Private: Keeping Google From Being 'Evil'

Google announced plans to adjust its privacy policy in order to allow the company to merge user data across email, social networking and other services. This has raised eyebrows in the tech community and even in Congress. So what exactly are the problems, and potential benefits, for this change in the policy of one of the world's largest tech companies?
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On Amazon, An Uneasy Mix Of Plagiarism And Erotica

Unlike traditional publishing companies, self-publishing programs like Amazon's Kindle Select lack the keen eyes of publishers, leaving room for copyright violations. It also leaves room for plagiarism. That's exactly what an author and publisher or erotica found to be the case with some best-selling ebooks in the genre.

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