Tuesday was a good legislative day for Silicon Valley.Pushing full steam ahead on the  Innovation Initiative spearheaded by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, The House passed two bills designed to make it easier for startups to raise funding.The first, the Fix Crowdfunding Act, ups the limit that startups can raise on equity crowdfunding platforms from $1 million to $5 million, The Hill reported.It received an overwhelming majority — passing 394-4.The bill would amend rules that went into effect in May — expanding equity crowdfunding even further.Before the May rule change, startups seeking to raise money via crowdfunding were mostly restricted to platforms like Kickstarter, where they could offer donors T-shirts and other swag, but not equity in their company.Crowdfunding, both with and without the promise of equity, has become a popular method for early-stage startups to raise capital.In 2014 crowdfunding campaigns raised $9.46 billion in North America, and the industry had an annual growth rate of 145 percent, according to a study published last year by crowdsourcing research and advisory firm Massolution.The second bill to pass in the House on Tuesday is the Supporting America s Innovators Act 0f 2016, which would expand the limit on investors engaging in early-stage funding from 100 to 250, The Hill reported.Both bills face their next test in the Senate.Speaking on the House floor Tuesday, McCarthy said the bills are designed to restore the original spirit of the JOBS Act.They are intended to harness innovation and bring together millions of Americans with potential new businesses through crowdfunding, he said.These new businesses could become the next Apple or Under Armour.
A pair of newly passed bills in the US Congress will increase the amount of money tech startups can raise to cover their early expenses.The Fix Crowdfunding Act HR 4855 and the Supporting America's Investors Act HR 4854 will raise the limits on money that companies can gather through crowdsourcing and venture capital channels.Both bills were penned by Congressmen Kevin McCarthy R‑CA and Patrick McHenry R‑NC , and passed today by the House of Representatives.Their next steps will be taken in the Senate, where they are expected to enjoy an easy walk into the law books.Congresscritters hope that the bills will ease the process for startups wanting to raise money outside of the traditional bank loan.The Fix Crowdfunding Act looks to raise the maximum amount of money a startup can gather from crowdfunding efforts from $1m to $5m.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Majority Leader, went on Sean Hannity’s show on Thursday night and tried to talk up the that his party had just rushed through two committees.Instead, he defended its conservative bona fides, twice pointing out that it would repeal all the taxes that were introduced under the Affordable Care Act—taxes that mainly hit the one per cent.The health-care industry will be thrown into turmoil; many millions of Americans will lose their coverage; many others, including a lot of Trump voters (particularly elderly ones), will see their premiums rise sharply; and Trump will risk being just as closely associated with “Trumpcare” as Barack Obama was with Obamacare.would require sixty votes in the Senate, which wasn’t achievable.Many of the things that ultra-conservatives see as shortcomings in the bill now being considered—such as the retention of rules dictating what sorts of policies insurers can offer—are in there to make sure that the Senate can pass the bill as part of the budget-reconciliation process, which requires just fifty-one votes.During the campaign, he frequently promised to repeal Obamacare—but it wasn’t one of his main issues.
The drought in California may be easing after a long and wet winter, but that doesn’t mean the Golden State is free from water troubles.That’s why a new campaign by LA agency Quigley-Simpson for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (a state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people) is informing people that water conservation is still a priority.In a new $1.3m campaign, the district is evolving its public education message, to combat conservation fatigue, making sure that Southern Californians don’t forget the importance of conservation – rain or shine – to make saving water part of their daily lives.Quigley-Simpson created the multilingual, multicultural “H2Love" water conservation campaign, which launches this week with a 1960s vintage vibe and a bright blue, water-inspired backdrop, encouraging people to keep on saving and keep on loving water.Multi-cultural partner agencies on the campaign included: IW Group for Asian/Pacific Islander American outreach, Lopez Negrete Communications for Hispanic and BaumanCurry and Company for African-American audiences.The media planning agency was GP Generate.
p Thanks to the ubiquity of recording devices and the duplicitousness of members of the GOP, we now know that top Republican congressmen were discussing potential collusion between Trump and Putin before he was even nominated.The Washington Post has obtained a recording from a private meeting between House GOP leaders that happened on Capitol Hill on June 15th, 2016.Four people are identified in the transcript: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers.Ryan and McCarthy discuss their meetings with the Prime Minister of Ukraine that day.They talk about Russia funding populist politicians to destabilize Europe’s democracies, and then they shift to how it could be happening here.McCarthy says that he thinks two people in politics are on Putin’s payroll: Californian Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who is known for defending Putin, and Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that, during a closed meeting of House Republicans, Representative Kevin McCarthy—another Californian and, like Rohrabacher, a stalwart ally of President Donald Trump—said (jokingly, it seems) “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”Then, on Friday, the New York Times reported that five years ago the FBI tried to tell Rohrabacher that Russian spies were literally trying to recruit him, to turn the congressman into a Russian intelligence asset.He told the Times not to worry so much: “I can’t imagine someone in a position of power in the United States government not fully appreciating the fact that whoever he’s dealing with who’s a foreigner that he doesn’t know is trying to influence him.”Psychology and behavioral economics say that Rohrabacher almost certainly doesn’t know how compromised he might be by years of friendship and meetings with Russians.The reps do everything from pay for super-expensive travel to conferences and big-ticket speeches all the way down to handing out pens emblazoned with drug names and buying cheap lunches.Here’s a typical one: In 1992 a team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic showed that 10 physicians invited to all-expenses paid symposia at vacation resorts to learn about two new drugs were vastly more likely to prescribe those drugs almost two years later.
He could not sit in an expert group to a president that left the global climate agreement which was signed in Paris in 2015.Despite the fact that several of the large internet companies in the united states has been openly critical of both the republican policy on the environment as their position in the field of immigration, it has not prevented them to donate large sums to political parties, writes Recode who reviewed the contributions.Next year is the election to the U.S. both chambers, the house of representatives that the senate.A choice that has been seen as extremely important for the it industry, or those parts of industry that want to see more democrats as members.But both Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent of the Alphabet, and Tesla boss Elon Musk has in recent months left, according to Recode, and generous contributions to the Republican party in order to nurture the relationships they have built up.At the end of march, Elon Musk, have donated 50,000 dollars to an organization that is controlled by the majoritetsledaren in the house of representatives, republican Kevin McCarthy.
In the past seven days New York decided it didn't want Cynthia Nixon as its governor, Amazon's owner elected to get into the education business, and a series of gas-line explosions hit north of Boston.Funny thing about the image in that last tweet...The Takeaway: To be fair, it could have been worse.What Really Happened: Actually, speaking of things that could've been worse, let's take a brief moment to discuss what might be the worst thing President Trump has done on Twitter yet.Now, with that number in mind, consider that as recently as this past week President Trump was calling the government’s response to Maria "incredibly successful," and complaining that the work was "an unappreciated good job."Well, OK, Orrin Hatch and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed they hadn't seen the tweets, Lindsey Graham also questioned the death toll, and Marco Rubio tried to straddle a non-existent line.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will meet in private with Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss issues including its work in China and alleged political bias, reports the Wall Street Journal.The meeting was organized by House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, who has accused Google of “controlling the internet” by boosting negative news stories about conservatives in its search results, despite the company’s denials.The WSJ reports that Pichai also plans to appear at a House Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled to take place in November after the mid-term elections.Pichai told the newspaper that “I look forward to meeting with members on both sides of the aisle, answering a wide range of questions, and explaining our approach.These meetings will continue Google’s long history of engaging with Congress, including testifying seven times to Congress this year.”A vocal opponent of net neutrality, McCarthy tweeted earlier this month that “an invite will be on its way” to Google, which he accused in the same tweet of making a “silent donation” to an unnamed left-wing group to stop Trump; working with Russia and China to censor the Internet even though it cancelled a U.S. military contract and ignoring a Senate hearing.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be present at a private meeting with top Republican lawmakers this Friday to discuss the company’s controversial plans to relaunch a search product in China and perceived liberal bias of search results, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.Last month, President Donald Trump kicked off a largely unfounded controversy, based on a misleading Fox News report, over censorship of conservative viewpoints in Google Search.Republicans have since latched onto the theory as a way to increase pressure on Silicon Valley over its largely liberal workforce and what are perceived to be actions taken exclusively to punish high-profile conservatives.According to the WSJ, Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to meet with state attorneys general on Tuesday to discuss Google’s alleged censorship of conservatives.Tech firms have denied the existence of liberal bias in products, and Google has pushed back against key Trump inaccuracies, but it sounds as if Pichai will be forced to answer questions nonetheless.The meeting is being organized by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Google CEO Sundar Pichai plans to meet privately with top Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss a variety of topics, including the company's alleged political bias in search results.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), who is organizing Friday's meeting, told the Wall Street Journal that Pichai has "kindly" agreed to address Republican congress members' questions on Friday.Friday's private meeting, and a public hearing later this year before the House Judiciary Committee, comes amid growing bipartisan concern of large tech companies' size and influence."These meetings will continue Google's long history of engaging with Congress, including testifying seven times to Congress this year."The meeting will occur a little more than a week after a report in the Journal said Google employees discussed changes to the company's web search functions to counter the Trump administration's controversial travel ban that went into effect last year."Recent news stories reference an internal email to suggest that we would compromise the integrity of our search results for a political end," Pichai reportedly wrote in a memo to employees on Friday.
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After skipping a congressional hearing in August, Google says it will appear before the US House of Representatives in November.Google CEO Sundar Pichai has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Reuters reported earlier Friday and Pichai has confirmed.The announcement follows a private meeting Pichai reportedly had with top Republican lawmakers, set up by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, to discuss a variety of topics, including the Google's alleged political bias in search results.Google has denied it has such a bias."The last two days' discussions with a wide range of congressional leaders were constructive and informative," said Pichai in an email statement."As we've done for over a decade, including testifying to Congress 22 times since 2008, we remain committed to continuing an active dialogue with members from both sides of the aisle, working proactively with Congress on a variety of issues, explaining how our products help millions of American consumers and businesses, and answering questions as they arise.
Google may have dodged a raised right hand moment on the Hill this year as top executives from Twitter and Facebook faced Congress, but the company will now have its own time in the hot seat.First reported by the Washington Post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will appear before the House Judiciary Committee on December 5, just one week from today.TechCrunch has confirmed Pichai’s planned appearance.While there are any number of reasons that Congress might want to hear from Google, Pichai’s appearance will reportedly serve as a response to unsubstantiated claims that Google has an anti-conservative bias.Pichai agreed to testify some time this year back in September at the request of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, one vocal critic who has accused the company of algorithmic bias.While that issue might still be at the forefront for some committee Republicans, getting the company’s chief executive on the stand will open the entire can of worms on Google’s recent controversies.
Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, is to testify before Congress for the first time this week, following in the footsteps of other internet firms including Facebook and Twitter.He faces questioning on Wednesday before the House judiciary committee, in an event observers have suggested is likely to be taken as an occasion to put Google on the hot seat.The testimony is to be followed on Thursday by a meeting at the White House that Pichai is scheduled to attend along with other technology chiefs.Wednesday’s grilling comes as US politicians are increasingly leaning in favour of enacting the US’ first federal data privacy law, and in an atmosphere of hostility against Google by US President Trump.Google has made efforts to avoid being seen in the same light as other internet media companies, and in September was represented by an empty chair after Pichai refused to testify before the Senate intelligence committee along with Jack Dorsey, chief executive of, Twitter, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.Pichai reportedly agreed in principle to this week’s appearance in a private meeting with politicians that followed the September hearing.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hit with a "cyber intrusion" during the 2018 midterm campaign, Politico first reported Tuesday.A Committee spokesman confirmed the NRCC was the victim of a cyberattack and had both launched an internal probe into the hack as well as notifying the FBI.Officials added that while sensitive emails and internal information was compromised, the hackers did not access donor information.The National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hit with a "cyber intrusion" during the 2018 midterm campaign and the breach has been reported to the FBI, Politico first reported Tuesday."The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity," Committee spokesman Ian Prior said Tuesday."The cybersecurity of the Committee's data is paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter," he added.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican Party's campaigning arm, has confirmed it has fallen victim to a major compromise of its email system.Following an early report from Politico, the committee confirmed to multiple outlets that someone had been surveilling its messages for months.The NRCC did not respond to a Register request for comment.The breach is said to have been found by a security vendor working with the NRCC back in April.The intruder reportedly had access to the email accounts of at least four NRCC aides and, by the time the breach was discovered, had likely been collecting thousands of sent and received emails over the course of several months.According to Politico's account of the matter, much of the GOP leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was left in the dark about the matter as the NRCC sought to investigate the breach on its own.
But this summer, President Donald Trump caused a brief uproar by claiming (without evidence) that Google suppressed positive news about him.But that proposal hadn’t come from one of Silicon Valley’s many ideological enemies — it was supposedly promoted by recommendations site Yelp, which has spent years protesting what it calls unfair demotion of its search results.So it’s understandable to ask Google to be impartial — but can a search engine, whose goal is ranking pages, ever be meaningfully neutral?Websites have been fighting Google over search rankings almost since the company was founded — in 2002, a site called Search King sued Google over a suddenly demoted PageRank score.It came from Shivaun and Adam Raff, the creators of a price-comparison service called Foundem.In the late ‘00s, they helped popularize the controversial concept of “search neutrality” — which turned Google’s support for network neutrality, a well-known and popular idea, against it.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has managed to avoid the public political grillings that have come for tech leaders at Facebook and Twitter this year.Today he will be in front of the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled: Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices.The hearing kicks off at 10:00 ET — and will be streamed live via our YouTube channel (with the feed also embedded above in this post).Announcing the hearing last month, committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said it would “examine potential bias and the need for greater transparency regarding the filtering practices of tech giant Google”.Republicans have been pressuring the Silicon Valley giant over what they claim is ‘liberal bias’ embedded at the algorithmic level.This summer President Trump publicly lashed out at Google, expressing displeasure about news search results for his name in a series of tweets in which he claimed: “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai signaled Tuesday that his company will take a cautious approach to going back to China, if it ever does.The search giant has been under persistent criticism for its Project Dragonfly, which would reportedly bring a censored search engine to China.The project has prompted employee protests and resignations, as well as criticism from Amnesty International.We don't have a search product there," Pichai said during a closely watched Congressional hearing Tuesday that focused on Google's privacy policies and business practices.He added that Google will be "fully transparent" on any future plans for going into China.Pichai left the door open to going through with such plans by highlighting Google's mission of providing people all over the world access to information.
The company’s plans for China, Google+ data breaches, and whether tech giants need to be more closely regulated all might have taken center stage.But while lawmakers brought up all of those issues this morning at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, the Pichai hearing was dominated by allegations of bias against conservatives, as Democrats struggled to counter the narrative while introducing new questions.“We need to be sure that any political bias within Google’s workforce does not creep into its workforce,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in an opening statement.Minutes later, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) was calling the idea “entirely fictitious” — a “fantasy dreamed up by some conservatives.”Most Republican lawmakers on the committee confronted Pichai about bias in some way.Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) pointedly asked Pichai, citing a questionable report on news search results, about “the muting of conservative voices,” and questioned whether employees were manipulating results.
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