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Internet companies oppose Florida proposals to regulate web

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Some Florida lawmakers want to impose state-level regulations on the free-wheeling online world, and are drawing opposition from some of the nation’s biggest Internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Ebay. The conflict is over two proposed laws. One would affect who controls a person’s email and social media accounts and the secrets they may contain when the owner dies or becomes incapacitated. The other would make the state a combatant against Internet piracy of music and movies. The bills’…

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Internet naming body moves to crack down on ‘.sucks’

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The body that regulates Internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new “.sucks” domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs to see if the actions of company Vox Populi Registry Ltd. are…

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eBay pulls Charlie Crist painting auction, but re-posts a gentler version

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Trying to unload an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist seems to have gotten mired in, well, politics. The online auction site eBay yanked the Republican Party of Florida’s auction of an oil painting of Crist Wednesday, apparently reacting to political content attacking Crist in the party’s auction ad. The ad was re-posted with the language removed, said RPOF spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta, but the party lost nearly 100 bids on the painting, one of them for $6,200. By late Wednesday, bidding…

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Someone’s dumping a Charlie Crist portrait on eBay, but Florida Republican Party says, ‘Not us’

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Someone is trying to peddle a portrait of ex-Republican, newly-independent Charlie Crist on eBay. But the Florida Republican Party is disavowing any association with it or the sale. Although party officials said Friday they planned to auction off a used portrait of Crist recently removed from GOP headquarters, the one currently up for bid is not theirs — despite the seller’s advertised name: “florida_gop.” “I just found out about that a few minutes ago. That’s not ours,” said Katie Betta, spokeswoman for the state…

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Someone’s dumping a Charlie Crist portrait on eBay, but Florida Republican Party says, ‘Not us’

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Someone is trying to peddle a portrait of ex-Republican, newly-independent Charlie Crist on eBay. But the Florida Republican Party is disavowing any association with it or the sale. Although party officials said Friday they planned to auction off a used portrait of Crist recently removed from GOP headquarters, the one currently up for bid is not theirs — despite the seller’s advertised name: “florida_gop.” “I just found out about that a few minutes ago. That’s not ours,” said Katie Betta, spokeswoman for the state…

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