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Senior tech reporter and all around intolerable snake person @POLITICO. Philly fan. Say hay: tromm@politico.com.

Hillary Clinton 2016: She courts Silicon Valley

politico.com — Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and other Republican presidential hopefuls have vowed this is the year their party can tap a rich vein of support in Silicon Valley - but the tech industry’s political elite may have another candidate in mind. In 2008, Hillary Clinton wasn’t the industry’s favorite Democrat - that crown belonged to...

Collapse of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger shows limits of lobbying

politico.com — Telecom giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable spent more than $32 million influencing Washington over the past year, in large part to sell its $45 billion mega-merger. In the end, they’re left with a dead deal, a sharp rebuke from regulators, and a harsh lesson that lobbying dollars only go so far.

Spotify turns up volume in D.C.

politico.com — Spotify is beefing up its Washington presence as it readies for a fight with Apple and others over online music streaming. Four lobbying firms registered Tuesday to lobby on behalf of Spotify on several issues, including competition, licensing and “platform neutrality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. It’s...

Rand Paul sees gold in Silicon Valley

politico.com — Rand Paul’s presidential campaign is rooted in railing against the establishment. Now, as the Kentucky Republican embarks on a White House bid, he hopes to build a coalition of Silicon Valley libertarians and online grass-roots contributors, and to woo nontraditional GOP donors to raise the tens of millions of dollars needed to run a competitive...

Net neutrality emails raise suspicions

politico.com — A number of messages to lawmakers purporting to be from average constituents who oppose the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules don’t appear to have come from people within their districts, according to the company that manages the technology for some House members. The notes have identical wording to those organized by a group...

Carly Fiorina opposes Net neutrality

politico.com — California GOP Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina this week staked out her spot opposing tough Net neutrality rules. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and telecommunications industry executive told POLITICO she opposes any federal requirement that Internet providers treat all Web traffic equally.

GOP has knives out for net neutrality

politico.com — Republicans are trying to transform the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules into the same sort of drawn-out controversy as Benghazi and Obamacare - providing a new springboard for sustained political attacks on the White House. GOP lawmakers have floated the theory that the Obama administration secretly directed the...

States sink teeth into Comcast deal

politico.com — For Comcast, the future of its $45 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable hinges on more than just the federal government’s green light. The telecom giant is rushing to battle back states like California and New York, where powerful public utility commissions appear likely to flex their regulatory muscle and attach a raft of conditions to the merger...

Net neutrality: A lobbying bonanza

politico.com — Whether you view net neutrality rules as a government takeover of the Internet or the only way to save the Web from corporate meddling, one thing is certain: The issue has been a boon to Washington lobbyists, lawyers and activists - and they’re poised to continue cashing in for years to come.

Using social media to counter Al Qaeda, ISIL messaging

politico.com — The White House plans to work closely with tech companies to counter groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL online, part of a new campaign unveiled Wednesday to counter “violent extremist messaging.” Under the new initiatives, the U.S. government will organize “technology camps” alongside social media companies, which will “work...
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Jun 29, 2015

@astepanovich i'm going to reconceptualize the musical dreamgirls --- specifically, "it's not over" -- to be about crypto.

Jun 29, 2015

@astepanovich to this day, i've not watched a single episode. ignorance is bliss.

Jun 29, 2015

@jeneps probably the philly folks are still pissed about that cowboys thing

Jun 29, 2015

RT @ArsLaw: OPM shuts down background investigation portal because of vulnerability arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20… by @thepacketrat

Jun 29, 2015

wow. that's an actual quote from an actual human being about an actual candidate in 2015. woof. twitter.com/JillDLawrence/…

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a rapper who's meh at rapping blames a singer who's always been meh at singing for a song that's a very meh song usmagazine.com/celebrity-news…

Jun 29, 2015

cruz 2016 email asks for "sacrificial gift" ahead of next fundraising deadline....

Jun 29, 2015

RT @mkraju: Cruz bashed the NRSC but did donate $250K to the committee in September 2014. politico.com/story/2015/06/…

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