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Daily Archives: February 6, 2017

FCC Chairman rescinds policies and rulemaking to expand Internet service to low income households

“Last Friday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai rescinded close to a dozen policies of the FCC, including rulemakings on expanding the program providing Internet service to low income households, rulings on several TV stations’ violations of political file rules and further restricting TV shared services and joint sales agreements. Chairman Pai also announced the… Continue Reading

M&A Review Global Full year 2016

Via Bureau Van Dijk – The following report details mergers and acquisitions activity in Full Year 2016 using data from the Zephyr database. M&A Review Global Full year 2016. Continue Reading

White House Office of Management and Budget missing from Trump WhiteHouse.gov

Sunlight Foundation – “Every new administration has put its own spin on Whitehouse.gov since the website first went online way back in the 1990s. When a new President swings in, an archived version of the old site maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration remains online, but the incoming administration takes over the domain.… Continue Reading

UNESCO Thesaurus published with Semantic Web standards and Open-Source software

Via UNESCO – “Sparna conducted in 2016 the replacement of the Thesaurus Management Software and thesaurus publication platform for the UNESCO, with Open-Source tools all relying on Semantic Web technologies. The result is the new UNESCO vocabularies publication platform at http://vocabularies.unesco.org. The project was conducted in 2 phases : a new thesaurus publication platform based… Continue Reading

Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

Khan, Lina, Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox (January 31, 2017). Yale Law Journal, Vol. 126, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2911742 “Amazon is the titan of twenty-first century commerce. In addition to being a retailer, it is now a marketing platform, a delivery and logistics network, a payment service, a credit lender, an auction house, a… Continue Reading

Tech Companies File Legal Brief Against Trump’s Immigration Order

Bloomberg – “More than 120 companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy. The amicus brief was filed late Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco and emphasizes the importance of immigrants in… Continue Reading

WaPo – Federal appeals court decides to schedule a hearing on Trump travel order

Follow up to previous posting and related sources – Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation – via The Washington Post – “A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to restore President Trump’s controversial immigration order, marking a critical juncture for the president’s directive temporarily barring refugees and those from… Continue Reading

Bloomberg – GSA’s Next Move on Trump Lease Could Spark Court Battle

Sam Skolnik – “The pending decision from the General Services Administration over the ownership of President Donald Trump’s hotel near the White House has become one of the most closely watched matters in the modern history of the agency. It has also cast a spotlight on the process the agency uses to weigh alleged lease… Continue Reading

Directory of Federal Historical Offices and Activities

Society for History in the Federal Government – “The Directory of Federal Historical Offices and Activities provides information on offices in all branches of government that perform history-related work.” Continue Reading