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Google defends change to privacy policies

Planned changes to Google Inc's privacy policies that have caught the attention of U.S. lawmakers would not take away the control its customers have over how data is collected and used, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday Full story

Facebook Feels Political Heat From Both Sides of Atlantic

Facebook is again in the sights of lawmakers and federal investigators, with two U.S. representatives calling for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into the social networking giant's tracking policies. Full story

Providing disaster relief

   Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, shares his thoughts on whether spending cuts must be approved in order to provide aid to Hurricane Irene victims.

Groupon shares mobile location plans with Congress

Groupon Inc disclosed some details of its plan to offer location-based offers through mobile phones when the largest daily deal company responded on Thursday to Congressional questions about its privacy policies. Full story

Rep. Barton pushes a psycho vote on light bulbs

   Psychotalk: Texas Rep. Joe Barton's bill to repeal light bulb efficiency standards fails. But not before Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Fox's Steve Doocy fail at math while lobbying against energy-efficient bulbs.

Carriers say they get consent to use location data

The nation's four largest wireless carriers say they obtain customer permission before using a subscriber's physical location to provide driving directions, family-finder applications and other location-based services, and before sharing a subscriber's location with any outside mobile apps that prov Full story

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