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According to CNBC, a California woman is the first person to receive a traffic citation for wearing Google Glass while behind the wheel.
With Google’s computer-in-an-eyeglass expected to launch next year, this could be a scenario that plays out again and again in the headlines, but only if wearable technology is more widely deemed to be responsible for encouraging distracted driving.
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On Thursday, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, released his discussion draft of tax reform legislation.
The draft is particularly controversial and of concern to the mobile ad community.
According to a statement provided to MMW by the Association of National Advertisers, the proposed legislation includes a provision that will, if enacted, “severely impact the economy and lead to significant job loss.”
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According to a new report from mGamingWatch, online gambling in California may be inching closer to legalization. That tidbit comes straight from the Commissioner of California’s Gambling Control Commission, Richard Schuetz.
But don’t expect full-blown digital casinos. It’s most likely that the initial wave of online gambling will be limited exclusively to poker.
“We have 38 million people,” Schuetz was quoted by PokerUpdate. “We’re the eighth largest economy in the world. We’re bigger than Canada, so it’s not a case like Nevada that has 2.7 million people. We have more poker tables in the state of California than every other state in the nation.”
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Apple CEO Tim Cook’s op-ed last weekend in the Wall Street Journal may have helped.
Cook showed himself to be an ardent supporter of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which finally came to a vote on Thursday in the Senate.
Lawmakers passed the bill, which aims to eliminate workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals.
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With government requests for user information on the rise at Apple, Google, Facebook and elsewhere, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant has issued a new report detailing the frequency of these requests.
Customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, Apple says, adding that it is “our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available.”
For that reason, Apple is detailing the requests it receives from governments around the world seeking information about individual users or devices “in the interest of transparency” for Apple customers around the world.
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As our sister site mHealthWatch reported this week, a bipartisan group of six members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined forces this week to introduce a new bill that would effectively limit how the FDA could police or even regulate mHealth apps.
By the admission of its authors, the bill is designed to “amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for regulating medical software, and for other purposes.”
“Estimates indicate that the number of consumers using medical apps on their smart phones will grow to 500 million by 2015. But today the FDA lacks the necessary tools to appropriately oversee these innovative products without overstepping their authority and stifling innovation,” the legislators said in a joint statement.
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Unicorn Media has shared with MMW details of its latest endeavor.
A well-respected market leader in Internet video solutions that allow publishers to insert video ads on IP-enabled devices, Unicorn on Tuesday confirmed that is now supports multi-screen closed captions in compliance with expanding FCC regulations affecting Internet video content.
We’re told that the company’s Unicorn Once technology facilitates embedding closed caption information in a standard technical format, enabling customers to meet the FCC safe harbor requirement.
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