"Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired," says Sensenbrenner.
THE LEDE: Patent reform advocates are focusing their attention on the Senate now that the House has passed the Innovation Act, authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlate (R-Va.)
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Dec. 17 on the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Tech companies and trade groups praised the House for passing the Innovation Act on Thursday.
The Innovation Act — authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) — aims to curb what's known as “patent trolling,” or bringing or threatening to bring baseless patent infringement lawsuits in the hopes of getting the defendant to settle.
The maker of a popular flashlight app agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday over charges that it shared its users' location information with advertisers.
The FTC claimed that the "Brightest Flashlight" app, which is available for Android devices, failed to disclose to its users that it would transmit their exact location to third parties.
The House passed legislation aimed at discouraging frivolous patent lawsuits.
Swedish intelligence officials have been working with the NSA, according to the report.
Rep. Mike Rogers says the site is still putting consumers' personal information at risk.
The company has announced new steps to protect users from government surveillance.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that she introduced a bill aimed at ensuring that rural states get their fair share of federal communications services, such as broadband.
Ayotte said her home state currently receives only 37 cents for every dollar it contributes to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a federal rural communications program.
Patent reform advocates are confident that the Innovation Act will pass the House Thursday without undergoing significant changes.
The Innovation Act, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), passed that committee last month with a bipartisan vote of 33-5.
The fact that 12 Judiciary Democrats voted for Goodlatte's bill, despite the fact that ranking member Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) opposed it, is a good sign, Internet Association President Michael Beckerman said.