Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have lobbied the Obama administration to loosen their gag orders on national security orders. Facebook says it received more than 9,000 requests for user data from local and federal officials in the last six months of 2012.
New wearable computers are drawing concerns from some about policy and privacy issues. Others say such worries stem primarily from a fear of change. Discussions continue about the appropriate place for such technology in varied social situations.
A bill aimed at collecting sales tax for online goods has cleared the Senate. However, the House will prove to be a problem as many see the bill as a tax increase – something many Republicans pledged they would not do.
Some media outlets labeled Wednesday's internet slowdown the 'biggest cyberattack in history,' but in reality the disruption went largely unnoticed by users. Still, incidents like these highlight the internet's fragility and may prompt necessary fixes.
In an unprecedented move Wednesday, the European Commission fined Microsoft Corp for failing to follow through on a commitment it made to give customers a clear choice of web browser. The fine of 561 million euros ($731 million) represents 1 percent of Microsoft's annual sales.