By Gautham Nagesh - 09/26/11 11:50 PM EDT
THE LEDE: The opposition to Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Dem senator won't back spending bill without visa reforms Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program MORE's (D-Vt.) Protect IP or PIPA Act got a lot broader this weekend when the Tea Party Patriots came out against the legislation on Facebook. The conservative umbrella group has almost 850,000 supporters on Facebook and linked to an editorial from Demand Progress executive director David Segal and Don't Censor the Net executive director Patrick Ruffini on Saturday, arguing the coalition of political opposition from the right and left shows the bill is bad for consumers.
"This is very interesting. Left and right both opposing severe government overreach in the area of intellectual property. Have your own website? Maybe the government will shut it down tomorrow...without any notice to you," Tea Party Patriots posted to its profile. "Republicans are going to introduce this in the House, Democrats in the Senate. WHAT??? Big Labor, Hollywood, U.S. Chamber of Commerce all in this together...against you."
Scoop: Facebook forming PAC to back candidates
Facebook confirmed to Hillicon Vally on Monday that it is forming a political action committee with an aim of funding candidates that share the social networking firm's "goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while
giving people the power to share and make the world more open and
connected." The social networking firm has steadily increased its Washington presence over the past three years and recently added several former Republican political operatives ahead of the 2012 campaign. Facebook is still viewed favorably by both parties but the firm is likely looking to avoid some of the difficulties that have plagued other tech firms like Google as they grow larger and face increasing criticism from competitors and the media.
FB to offer $10 million in free ad space for small biz: Facebook said Monday it will offer 200,000 businesses a $50 credit towards free online ad space. The offer is part of a partnership between Facebook, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. The program also includes an effort to educate small business owners on how to use Facebook to reach new customers.
House E&C members tell feds to go easy on AT&T/T-Mobile: Six GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said any conditions imposed on the AT&T and T-Mobile deal should be narrow if the merger is approved in a letter sent last week to the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. The Justice Department sued to block the $39 billion deal, arguing it would violate antitrust laws by stifling competition in the wireless industry. AT&T has vowed to fight the lawsuit in court but has indicated a willingness to settle DOJ's concerns.
Said. "You think back to the semiconductor revolution, the age of computing, and of course, the Internet -- and most recently, with regard to the Internet, the rise of social networks connecting hundreds of millions of people around the world in milliseconds. Perhaps more importantly are the behavioral changes taking place as a result. The way in which we go online, represent our identities; stay connected to friends, family and colleagues; and of course, share information, knowledge, ideas and opinions is fundamentally transforming the world -- the way we live, the way we play, and the way we work."
--President Obama at Monday's Town Hall with LinkedIn
TV is still the most popular source for local news, according to the Pew Research Center.
The leaders of the House Republicans' "Young Guns" took part in an event at Facebook on Monday.
A petition to end software patents has garnered enough signatures to prompt an official White House response.
President Obama spent Sunday playing to a key part of his base: Silicon Valley tech bigwigs.
Senate Commerce chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) stuck up for the FCC's net neutrality rules.
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