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The process of making net neutrality enforceable took a tiny step forward Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission sent off its semi-final draft of proposed rules to the White House for approval.

The FCC has to send its rules to be vetted by the White House Office of Management and Budget as the agency is requiring high-speed internet service providers to collect data. The OMB's role is to co-ordinate and consult between government agencies to address any concerns that the collection requirements might be too onerous.

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An innovative Twitter-like web platform has emerged as an important new arena for Chinese politics and society.

Since its founding in 2009, Sina Weibo has grown to more than 100 million users with a combination of the familiar 140-character updates and features that make the service more advanced than Twitter in important ways.

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Traditional deep sea drilling rigs are bulky, expensive and need a relatively stable platform to operate, so they can't work in rough weather. These next-generation drill systems, however, bypass the problem completely by setting up shop on the seafloor.

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By John Voelcker

Spare a thought, if you will, a momentary tear, for 85,000 doomed drivers of three models of hybrid car in California.

They are the unlucky losers of a privilege that saved them time, raised the value of their vehicle, and undoubtedly increased their karmic contentment, all because of a set of tiny stickers.

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The board of a prominent U.S. science association has issued a strongly-worded statement decrying the personal attacks, death threats and increasing levels of harassment against climate scientists.

"AAAS vigorously opposes attacks on researchers that question their personal and professional integrity or threaten their safety based on the displeasure with their scientific conclusions," reads the statement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, issued Tuesday. "The sharing of research data is vastly different from unreasonable, excessive Freedom of Information Act requests for personal information and voluminous data that are then used to harass and intimidate scientists."

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Federal legislative proposals to help consumers to effectively stop companies from tracking them online without their knowledge might "break the internet," a key Republican senator working on the legislation said in a hearing on the issue on Wednesday.

"In a world where people voluntarily share very personal information on web sites like Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis, I'm not entirely sure what consumer expectations are when it comes to privacy, but I am sure that different consumers have different expectations about privacy," said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) in a Wednesday morning Senate Commerce Committee hearing on privacy and data security.

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