Swiftpage CEO John Oechsle: Better Interactions Lead to More Transactions

“There are groups within companies that don’t want to interact with a full-blown CRM application,” said John Oechsle, president and CEO of Swiftpage. “They want it running in the background, but they want to access it based on the functions they want it to perform. These small purpose-built apps are going to continue to evolve. Also, people want to interact with software using voice interpretation and voice interaction. They don’t want to sit there and type. If I’m in my car or on a train or walking, I can interact with my software via voice.”

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Consumer Advocates Bemoan Senate Vote to Lift ISP Privacy Restrictions

Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate’s Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be signed into law. “We’re working actively with a coalition of other consumer groups pushing to defeat the resolution in the House,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project.

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Civil rights groups urge Facebook for transparency over its censorship policy

More than 70 advocacy groups, including the ACLU and the Center for Media Justice, have signed a letter addressed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging transparency over his company’s content removal policy.

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Facebook reportedly allows advertisers to exclude racial groups in housing ads

Facebook advertisers can now exclude racial and ethnic groups when creating a housing ad on the social media site, according to a report from ProPublica.

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Weaponized drone swarms will meet their match with this 60-kilowatt laser

Drones, whether alone or in groups, are difficult to spot when approaching, tough to follow on radar, and cannot be easily shot down using conventional weapons. To combat this potential threat, Lockheed Martin is developing a laser-based weapon that’ll blow such drones out of the sky.

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Coalition Wants FCC to Look Into Data Cap Exemptions

A coalition of technology companies and advocacy groups earlier this week wrote to the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to open a public investigation into zero-rating practices, in which mobile providers allow some video or music providers to be excluded from data caps. The group, which includes Common Cause, Etsy, Foursquare, Mozilla and Upworthy, called on the FCC to examine the zero-rating practices of AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon to determine whether those practices harm competition.

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Tinder and Facebook: Too close for comfort?

New Tinder Social feature allows users to create groups and meet up with other groups. Except in doing so, they’re presented with a list of Facebook friends also using the app — and not everybody is happy about it.

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3 Things Charter Promises in Its Time Warner Cable Deal

Few consumer groups were happy last year when Charter Communications announced its intention to acquire Time Warner Cable, especially since it was also in the process of gobbling up smaller Brigh…

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Lawmakers, advocacy groups, Snowden take sides in polarizing Apple encryption debate

Article Image U.S. legislators, public rights groups and security experts are planting their collective flags in a debate that could have serious ramifications for the future of consumer encryption sparked by a recent court order forcing Apple to aid in the decryption of an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino terrorist attack,

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This small hacker group may be doing more damage to ISIS than Anonymous

Anonymous is making good on its threats to launch a “cyber war” on ISIS, hacking into the group’s sites and accounts and warning people about possible attacks.

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Reddit says it removed 5 groups for harassment after introducing new policies in May

A month after announcing new guidelines, Reddit removed five groups that it said harassed people.

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Apple again warns White House against policies fostering weak encryption

In a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on Monday, two trade groups comprised of some of the largest tech companies in the U.S. asked the White House to reject government policies designed to undermine encryption systems built to keep consumer data private.

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Facebook: Video showing 'baby abuse' doesn't break our rules

Child protection groups are horrified by a video that they say shows a baby being badly mistreated—but Facebook says it doesn’t breach the site’s rules and it will not be removed.

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Apple, Google tell Obama he's wrong about encryption

A who’s who of Silicon Valley tech giants, computer-security experts and advocacy groups asked President Barack Obama to reject police “backdoors” for smartphone and computer encryption in an open letter sent May 19. “We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products,” said  

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Industry Groups Lead Net Neutrality Lawsuit Parade

Several wireless and cable industry groups on Tuesday filed lawsuits challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s new open Internet rules. The lawsuits seek to nullify the new rules on the grounds that the FCC exceeded its authority in making them — most notably by redefining broadband service so it can be regulated like a utility. In making their move, the CTIA and the NCTA and American Cable Association joined USTelecom in disputing the new rules in the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia.

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Republican legislators, cellular industry launch attack on FCC net neutrality provisions

Net neutrality has once again come under fire from a number of groups, including 14 Republican representatives who introduced a bill Tuesday to let Congress review net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission — and potentially halt them.

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Advocacy groups ask FTC to investigate YouTube Kids app for targeting children with ads

Consumer and child advocacy groups, such as the Center for Digital Democracy, today asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google’s YouTube Kids app violates rules for children’s programming.

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YouTube Foists Deceptive Ads on Kids, Says Complaint

Child and consumer advocacy groups on Monday filed a complaint with the United States Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate Google over unfair and deceptive advertising practices in connection with its YouTube Kids app. In essence, the complaint alleges that the app includes ads in a way that takes advantage of children’s developmental vulnerabilities, violating long-standing media and advertising safeguards designed to protect kids watching television.

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Microsoft debuts Office Lens for iPhone, OmniFocus 2 goes universal on iOS

Microsoft on Thursday released a new scanning app for the iPhone, Office Lens, while Omni Group’s OmniFocus 2 has become a universal title on iOS, eliminating the need for separate iPhone and iPad downloads of the professional task manager.

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Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Following months of pressure from service workers advocacy groups, Apple is set to end its reliance on external security vendors and will begin hiring security personnel as full-time employees, entitling them to many of the same benefits granted to other Apple workers.

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