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Facebook has asked the Federal Election Commission to confirm that advertisements on the social networking website shouldn't have to abide by campaign regulations which require a disclaimer on who paid for the ads.

In a 14-page letter sent to the FEC on April 26, three lawyers working on Facebook's behalf argue that small campaign ads on the social networking site should be exempt because displaying disclaimers would be impractical. TPM was alerted to Facebook's letter by a source.

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has stepped up his pressure on Apple CEO Steve Jobs, announcing on Monday that he will hold hearings on the recent revelation that Apple iPhones and iPads are secretly tracking and storing their users' locations.

"The same technology that has given us smartphones, tablets, and cell phones has also allowed these devices to gather extremely sensitive information about users, including detailed records of their daily movements and location," Franken, Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, said in a statement posted on his website.

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It's Earth Day, which means government agencies are shooting off press releases touting their efforts to conserve energy through various green initiatives. But sorry, other government flacks -- the Central Intelligence Agency's method of reducing its carbon footprint takes the cake.

Turns out the CIA saves energy by shredding and burning classified documents.

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This is a map of everywhere I've been for the last months. Everywhere. I didn't carry around a tracking device. The FBI isn't sending goons in unmarked vans to track me. All I did was use an iPhone. And if you have an iPhone, you're being tracked right now, too.

It turns out that your iPhone is keeping a record of everywhere you've been since June. This data is stored on your phone (or iPad) and computer, easily available to anyone who gets their hands on it. Why? Apple won't say. We're creeped out.

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The president famous for his BlackBerry adoration is apparently not impressed with the Oval Office's landlines. In an unscripted moment caught on tape by CBS, President Barack Obama last week asked of his White House: where are the "cool phones"?

"You know the Oval Office always thought I was going to have like real cool phones and stuff," Obama said at a fundraiser in Chicago last week. "You know, we can't get our phones to work!  I'm like 'come on guys, I'm the President of the United States.'  Where's the fancy buttons and stuff, and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."

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