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Submission + - Google's new lobbying power in Washington

*SECADM writes: Learning from Microsoft's error, Google is builds a lobbying power house in Washington. "... Two years ago, Google was on the verge of making that Microsoft-like error. Davidson, then a 37-year-old former deputy director of the Center for Democracy & Technology, was the search-engine company's sole staff lobbyist in Washington. As recently as last year, Google co-founder Sergey Brin had trouble getting meetings with members of Congress. To change that, Google went on a hiring spree and now has 12 lobbyists and lobbying-related professionals on staff here — more than double the size of the standard corporate lobbying office — and is continuing to add people."

Submission + - FAA plan looks to clean up the skies (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "On top of its recently announced plan to reduce flight delays, Federal Aviation Administration officials today launched what they hope will be pan U.S. and European Union joint action plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Specifically the group announced the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions or AIRE — the first large-scale environmental plan aimed at uniting aviation players from both sides of the Atlantic.A couple things the alliance will work on: -Trajectory-based operations on the ground to minimize aircraft flight time. -Collaborative oceanic trajectory optimization, which promises major fuel reduction at cruise. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1652 7"

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