Bill supporters worry Senate amend could derail JOBS Act – Google PAC rakes in the cash – Blumenthal doesn’t want employers asking for Facebook passwords – NetChoice’s iAwful list

  • With help from Michelle Quinn, David Saleh Rauf, Jennifer Martinez, Tony Romm and Eliza Krigman

SENATE AMENDMENT COULD SPUR OPPOSITION TO STARTUP BILL — Supporters of a House-passed bill that would ease regulations on startups are concerned that a pending Senate amendment from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I) could spark more opposition to the bill and derail the entire effort. Michelle Quinn explains why (for Pros):


GOOGLE PAC RAKES IN THE CASH — Tony Romm reports: “Google is quickly and quietly amassing its largest-ever campaign war chest. The company’s political action committee has raised more than $1.1 million in the 2011-12 election cycle — a total that surpasses what Google accumulated during the past three cycles combined. But the search giant has spent only a fraction of its resources in the early months of this presidential election year, one in which the entire tech sector is fresh off a bloody debate over anti-piracy legislation.” MORE for Pros, including how Google stacks up against other tech company PACs:


TODAY: FCC’S CSRIC TACKLES CYBERSECURITY — The FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council will meet at 9 a.m. to consider recommendations on voluntary steps ISPs can take to tackle three cybersecurity challenges: domain name fraud, IP route hijacking and botnet attacks. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, CenturyLink CEO and CSRIC Chairman Glen Post and Miriam Perlberg, senior director for cybersecurity policies at the White House, will deliver remarks.


Good Thursday morning and welcome to Morning Tech, where the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and love is in the air. Or is it? Facebook’s data team analyzed users’ relationship statuses from 2010 and 2011 to see how different times of the year — and different days of the week — affect the beginning and ending of relationships. Apparently, it’s all downhill after Valentine’s Day:


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ET TU, STATES?– Sen. Richard Blumenthal is writing a bill to bar prospective employers from asking job seekers for access to their Facebook accounts. Blumenthal argues that such a request amounts to an “unreasonable invasion of privacy” for those looking for work. (Tony has the story: Concerns about companies that ask job candidates to turn over their passwords as part of the hiring process grew after an AP story on the practice earlier this week. According to the AP, government agencies around the country are also engaging in the practice. That’s a concern to Blumenthal, formerly Connecticut’s attorney general. He told MT it “raise[s] issues of constitutional rights, through free of speech and association, and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.” It’s perhaps part of the reason why, as the AP reported, some states are moving to regulate on the matter. (Here’s the original story, ICYMI:


–AND WHAT DOES FB HAVE TO SAY? — A Facebook spokesman emails: “We firmly believe that you should control what and with whom you share. Under our terms, only the holder of the email address and password is considered the Facebook account owner. We also prohibit anyone from soliciting the login information or accessing an account belonging to someone else.”


SILICON VALLEY BANK EXPANDS ITS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ARM– Silicon Valley Bank, whose clients include startups and venture firms, is building out its government affairs team. The bank has picked up Mary Anne Ostrom, former campaign manager for Rob Cornilles, who recently lost a congressional race in Oregon. Ostrom, a longtime politics reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, was also director of media affairs for Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial bid. She’ll be a policy analyst at Silicon Valley Bank and also remain director of communications at California Emerging Technology Fund, which focuses on spreading broadband to underserved communities.

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GIRL POWER– Female tech hot shots like Google’s Susan Molinari, Viacom executive DeDe Lea and Lanmark Technology president Lani Hay, among others, will gather Thursday morning for a panel hosted by the Global Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN). Reps. Jo Ann Emerson and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, honorary co-chairs of GlobalWIN, will participate. Panelists will discuss “women’s voices in the 21st century.” The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Library of Congress. More about the group here:


NETCHOICE’S LATEST iAWFUL LIST — NetChoice, a trade association of e-commerce companies, today released a list of what it believes are the worst legislative efforts nationwide. Topping the 2012 iAwful list (Internet Advocates Watch-list for Ugly Laws): legacy regulations — specifically, taxi commission rules, hotel regulations and dealer franchise laws– which the group says are being used to block online innovations. “Over the past year, innovative emerging business models like the mobile-enabled car service Uber, online rental tool Airbnb and the popular TrueCar have been tripped up by legacy regulations — many of which were written long before the advent of the Internet,” NetChoice said in a release. “Rather than protect consumers, these regulations are increasingly being used to protect old-line businesses against innovation and to limit the choices available to consumers.”


Also high on the list: location pop-up notification bills (legislation that would require users to click through a pop-up every time they used a location-enabled app), mandates for remote retailers to collect state sales taxes and new data breach rules. The full list:


VZ DATA BREACH REPORT: ‘THE YEAR OF THE HACKTIVIST’ — Verizon’s RISK Team today drops its annual data breach investigations report and the findings reveal a dramatic rise in so-called hacktivism. In all, the report says cyber thugs compromised some 174 million records worldwide in 2011, with 58 percent of the stolen data attributed to the ranks of hacktivists. Verizon says that contrasts with the pattern over the past couple of years, when most cyberattacks were carried out by criminals motivated by financial gain. Other tidbits: Data breaches originated in 36 countries, up from 22 the year prior. And roughly 70 percent of breaches stemmed from Eastern Europe, with less than 25 percent originating in North America. Full report here:


ALSO TODAY: The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management will hold a 9 a.m. hearing to examine why DHS consistently ranks as one of the lowest in employee morale in the federal government. Witnesses include retired Adm. Thad Allen, senior VP at Booz Allen Hamilton, DHS’s Catherine Emerson and GAO’s David Maurer.


SPEED READ, by Eliza Krigman


OF APPLE & APP FRAUD: Fraud challenges in the Apple app store threaten to undermine the company’s value, Wired reports:

GOOGLE PRIVACY SUIT: Three Google users have sued the search engine juggernaut arguing that the company deceived customers when it streamlined the privacy policies of 60 products into one, the LA Times reports:

GOOGLE WALLET WOES: Facing slow adoption, Google may be rethinking its mobile wallet strategy, Bloomberg reports:

YAHOO BOARD FIGHT: The hedge fund Third Point, a Yahoo shareholder, is angling for representation on the company’s board as it aims to reinvent itself, USA Today reports:

ZYNGA ACQUIRES OMGPOP: The social gaming company Zynga acquired OMGPOP on Wednesday, The Christian Science Monitor reports:


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