December 03, 2013, 07:06 pm
By Kate Tummarello and Brendan Sasso
The House is expected to consider the Innovation Act — the patent reform bill authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) — on Thursday.
After a Tuesday Rules Committee meeting, which will move forward eight of the proposed 26 amendments for the House to consider, the entire chamber is likely to vote on the amendments and the bill Thursday, according to a Rules Committee aide.
The White House on Tuesday endorsed a House bill aimed at cracking down on frivolous patent lawsuits.
The House is expected to vote this week on the Innovation Act, which is authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
"The bill would improve incentives for future innovation while protecting the overall integrity of the patent system," the Obama administration said in a statement.
The leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Tuesday that they will begin re-writing the Communications Act, a foundational law that regulates the television, telephone and Internet industries.
Updating the act will be a multi-year effort, and each potential change will likely prompt intense lobbying from powerful industry groups.
The Communications Act, which outlines the power of the Federal Communications Commission, dates back to 1934 and was last updated in 1996.
The Obama administration on Tuesday said it plans to review the privacy implications of facial recognition technology.
Lawmakers and privacy advocates have expressed fears that tech companies and government agencies are using facial recognition technologies to track people, often without their knowledge.
A bipartisan group of four representatives are asking House leadership to hold off on patent reform until next year.
In a letter on Monday, Democratic Reps. John Conyers (Mich.) and Mel Watt (N.C.) as well as Republican Reps. Thomas Massie (Ky), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) asked their colleagues to keep the Innovation Act, authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), from reaching the House floor.
The CEO of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company accused of spying, said he's giving up on the U.S. market.
In a Nov. 25 interview with French journalists, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said "it's not worth it" if the company gets in the middle of U.S.-China relations.
"Therefore, we have decided to exit the U.S. market, and not stay in the middle," he said, according to Foreign Policy, citing a Chinese transcript of the interview.
December 02, 2013, 08:32 pm
By Brendan Sasso and Keith Laing
Lawmakers want new privacy rules to protect consumers from delivery drones.
December 02, 2013, 07:12 pm
By Brendan Sasso and Kate Tummarello
THE LEDE: A federal court could issue its decision on the controversial net neutrality regulations this month or next, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said Monday.
"We stand for the open Internet,"...
The Microsoft founder expressed doubt Amazon could have drones in use in four to five years.
The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced three consumer privacy issues that it plans to examine next year.
The FTC will hold three events in 2014 that focus on mobile tracking, consumer online scoring and user-generated health data next year.