The tech world got some sweet tax creditsin the Fiscal Cliff bill, which are set to expire at the end of 2013. Setting up tax credits with annual expiration dates that guarantee powerful outside interests will be whipping for their renewal seems to be all the rage when it comes to breaking Congressional gridlock.
Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted, Obama is likely to sign a long-awaited executive order on digital security, which the White House began considering after the cybersecurity bill failed in the Senate this fall.
The 113th Congress will start on Thursday, and Dutch Rupersberger says the House Intelligence Committee will start once again on its CISPA information-sharing bill. The EFF has the rundown on CISPA, which “waive[s] every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity,” in the words of Jared Polis.
Yesterday the Senate confirmed Joshua Wright to the FTC. How wonderful that the Google-funded Wright will now exempt himself from decisions regarding the biggest issues before the FTC for the next two years — Google privacy and antitrust.
Anonymous says “Expect us in 2013″ in a new statement.
Microsoft posts a “countdown to E3” clock, which could mean the next Xbox console edition is nigh.
Polaroid launches Fotobar stores to print Smartphone photos.
Shareholders have filed suit on behalf of Zipcar investorsin an attempt to get more money from Avis in the proposed buyout.
And from the “truly weird” file, Google’s Eric Schmidt will travel to North Korea as part of a humanitarian aid mission led by Bill Richardson.
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