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Though nearly 150,000 people signed a petition last summer asking the United States government to allow Tesla Motors the ability to sell cars directly to consumers, the White House won't help. "We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that...

July 15th 2014 at 11:43am 0 Comments
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Members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate -- or, more likely, their interns and aides -- spend an awful lot of time editing Wikipedia entries. Not just entries about themselves, either: the list ranges from autobiographical changes to this crucial edit involving President Ba...

July 11th 2014 at 1:06pm 0 Comments
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Congress' approval rating sits as low as 10 percent, depending on which poll you trust. So a bunch of engineers and developers came up with a uniquely Silicon Valley solution -- replace politicians with software. We're not talking about some advanced AI, though, so don't start worrying about Skyne...

May 24th 2014 at 7:36am 0 Comments
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It's not exactly what privacy advocates and most tech companies wanted, but it's something. The USA Freedom Act has passed through the House of Representatives, but it didn't escape unscathed. While many of the main components survived, other elements were lost to amendments or dramatically altere...

May 22nd 2014 at 12:38pm 0 Comments
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If you've never contacted your congress person then you might not realize how difficult our politicians have made it to get a hold of them. There are 535 members of the House and Senate all whom have some arcane contact form on their websites that obscure their direct email address. It's inconveni...

April 19th 2014 at 6:27am 0 Comments
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The US government may have opposed extensive net neutrality laws and regulation of ISPs in the past, but when it comes to online gambling, several politicians are calling for the ban hammer. If Senator Lindsey Graham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz have their way, it will soon be illegal to play slots on...

March 26th 2014 at 5:38pm 0 Comments
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Unfortunately, you can't assume that Bitcoin is legal everywhere you go -- it's safe to use the digital cash in some countries, but it's mostly verboten in others. However, you won't have to travel blind. The US' Law Library of Congress has just published a report (PDF) that outlines Bitcoin's leg...

February 4th 2014 at 5:41am 0 Comments
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If you're a World of Warcraft or Diablo 3 player, the federal government would like to have a word with you. Congress's U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), at the request of Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), just wrote and filed a 23-page report on the tax implications of...

June 19th 2013 at 6:00pm 0 Comments