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Submission + - US pushes Internet kill switch again (cbsnews.com) 2

FutureDomain writes: Stymied last time, US lawmakers are again pushing a bill that would give the President the ability to shut down "critical" portions of the Internet. Unlike last time however, the new bill would prohibit judicial review of the law, which would also prevent challenges to any abuses of it.

Submission + - FTC Proposal Would Tax Slashdot (washingtontimes.com)

FutureDomain writes: In an attempt to save the old media, the FTC is floating proposals to subsidize news sources and tax consumer electronics and news aggregators such as Slashdot. Among the proposals is a plan to "Allow news organizations to agree jointly on a mechanis to require news aggregators and others to pay for the use of online content, perhaps through the use of copyright licenses." Are news sites like Slashdot the next thing on the government hit list to be taxed?
Businesses

Banking Via Twitter? 193

In the latest example of how just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, one credit union has decided to offer a new feature, dubbed "tweetMyMoney," that allows members to interact with their accounts via Twitter. Can't wait for the next version, "tweetSomeoneElsesMoney." "tweetMyMoney, available exclusively to Vantage members! With tweetMyMoney, you can monitor your account balance, deposits, withdrawals, holds and cleared checks with simple commands. And, you can even transfer funds within your account. It's all available on Twitter, 24/7!"
Google

Google Adds Scripting Capabilities To Google Docs 58

snydeq writes "Google will add scripting capabilities to Google Docs, allowing organizations to customize their online applications and automate tasks. Google plans to sign up about 1,000 customers over the next few weeks to test the feature, called Google Apps Script. It will be tested initially in Google Spreadsheets and extended to other Google Docs applications over time. The company isn't saying yet when Apps Script — which is based on JavaScript with object-based extensions added by Google — will be widely available. Google Docs users can already apply to try it out."

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