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October 13, 2013

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Mass.’ Markey wants FTC to probe Google changes

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate changes in Google’s terms of service that will allow the Internet search giant to use a user’s name, photo and product reviews in ads that it sells to businesses.

Google is changing its terms of service starting Nov. 11 for those who do not explicitly opt out. A user’s reviews of restaurants, shops and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store could show up in ads that are displayed to their friends and connections when they search on Google.

Markey wrote a letter on Saturday, asking FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to investigate whether these changes violate Google’s settlement with the commission over previous privacy violations.

Markey is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

NH’s US reps sign petition to force vote

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire have signed a petition that would force a vote to end the federal government shutdown.

The two Democrats agree that it’s time for a vote to reopen the government nearly two weeks into what Kuster called a damaging shutdown that is hurting Granite State families and businesses.

The discharge petition is a special congressional procedure that would allow a majority of voters to force a vote on a bill to reopen the government.

UMass president prepares for statewide bus tour

BOSTON (AP) — University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret (kuh-RET’) is launching a statewide bus tour to highlight the impact and commitment of the five-campus public school system to the state.

Caret on Tuesday will launch the tour that will feature stops at businesses and technology facilities, meeting with mayors as well as discussions with community leaders and business partners.

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