The Obama administration won’t back legislation to combat online piracy if it encourages censorship, undermines cybersecurity or disrupts the structure of the Internet, three White House technology officials said.
AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc. has benefits that should be carefully considered by authorities reviewing the transaction, Lamar Smith, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to federal regulators.
The founders of Google Inc. and EBay Inc. attacked Hollywood-backed anti-piracy legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that they said would threaten the technology industry and lead to Web censorship.
Patents would be issued to whoever files applications first and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would be allowed to set its own fees under a measure introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Americans cheered by today’s news that three U.S.-based scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry should nonetheless worry about the future of the country’s global scientific pre-eminence. Elementary students get less time for science than they did 20 years ago, and the average science literacy score of 15-year-olds remains stuck in the middle of the pack for developed countries.
Congress at last appears poised to increase the number of green cards the U.S. allots to foreign graduates with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. Unless partisanship kills the effort.