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Tech at Night: SECURE IT comes to the House, Aereo gets sued for innovating, FCC needs reform

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Great news! Tech at Night’s favorite Representative Marsha Blackburn, along with TaN’s own home representative Mary Bono Mack are bringing a version of Secure IT to the House. The bill has been introduced in the Senate as an alternative to the power grab known as Lieberman-Collins. The great thing about the bill? It toughens criminal penalties for online lawbreaking even as it makes it easier for the private sector to share information about attacks.

The bad guys share information, and they think they won’t go to jail. If we let the good guys share information without getting sued for it, and if we throw the bad guys in jail, we win. And you can tell that the bad guys really hate it when we send them to jail; just witness how Anonymous has been hitting law enforcement more and more in the last year or so, most recently targeting Interpol’s website, and previously publishing names and addresses of police officers in the US. These online terrorists don’t like that they can be held accountable for their actions. It’s their weakness, the fact that they are named individuals who are finite in numbers, and we need to exploit it.

I know we had to push hard against some good members of Congress in order to send a message on SOPA, but it had to be done. The RIAA is not giving up on SOPA, so it was important that we let good members of Congress know what the problem was. And we did, so now it’s time to move on to passing good bills like SECURE IT.

Yes, the FCC does need reform. Republicans want a transparent and accountable FCC, so naturally Obama Democrats are opposed. The Obama FCC and allies is out of control: shifting opinions of market forces as is convenient to justify power grabs, taking power in new issues needlessly, buddying up with George Soros-funded radicals at Free Press, and of course blocking spectrum transactions needed to service the growing market for wireless Internet. The FCC is out of control. Obama regulators know no bounds.

Someone came up with a clever idea recently: lease television antennas to people so they can watch free broadcast television over those channels. The clever part? Aereo would let you watch over the Internet what your antenna picks up. Naturally, this threatens some cable television revenues, if people actually have free stuff, so the broadcasters are suing. I hope they lose. These are purely free, over the air broadcasts.

PATENT WARS: Apple and Samsung lose some claims against each other in Germany, essentially drawing without injury. Google/Motorola Mobility however is at risk of some pretty bad worst-case scenarios over its loss to Apple in Germany.

Phone app development is creating jobs and wealth! Quick, to the Schumer-mobile! That job creation must be stopped, post haste!

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