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FAA, CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting
Legal

FAA, CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting

While the FAA is still working out the kinks for allowing the commercial use of drones, the agency has given CNN the green light to test these aerial vehicles.
Nina Zipkin
Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming Soon
Patents

Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming Soon

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be charging lower filing fees starting in the middle of January.
Jaia Thomas
House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill, Averts U.S. Government Shutdown
Government Shutdown

House Narrowly Passes Spending Bill, Averts U.S. Government Shutdown

The $1.1 trillion spending bill was passed despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.
Will the SEC Redefine Who Can Be an 'Accredited Investor'?
Jobs Act

Will the SEC Redefine Who Can Be an 'Accredited Investor'?

If the government loosened up restrictions, more money could be freely distributed to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Kendall Almerico
Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Decision
Franchise

Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Decision

The NLRB's recent ruling has the potential to tear the franchise model apart at the seams. So, franchisors and franchisees are taking action.
Kate Taylor
Want to Make Equity Crowdfunding Legal? 3 Experts Sound Off.
Equity crowdfunding

Want to Make Equity Crowdfunding Legal? 3 Experts Sound Off.

The government is sitting on a proposed bill that will open up new sources of financing for entrepreneurs everywhere.
Kendall Almerico
White House Hires Ex-Googler to Make Government Websites Suck Less (We Hope)
Technology

White House Hires Ex-Googler to Make Government Websites Suck Less (We Hope)

Uncle Sam: If at first you don't succeed, hire former Google wizard and HealthCare.gov resurrector Mikey Dickerson to clean up your mess. Again.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Nation's Top Consumer Watchdog Warns of Bitcoin's Dangers
Bitcoin

Nation's Top Consumer Watchdog Warns of Bitcoin's Dangers

Bitcoin buyer beware. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cautions consumers about the risks of investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
The Feds Don't Want In-Flight Cell Phone Calls, Either
Travel

The Feds Don't Want In-Flight Cell Phone Calls, Either

The U.S. Department of Transportation has a hang-up with in-flight calls, perhaps enough to put an official kibosh on them – and soon.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Obama's Student Loan Measure: What You Should Know.
Student Loans

Obama's Student Loan Measure: What You Should Know.

President Obama has signed an executive order to expand eligibility for income-based repayment plans.
Kelli B. Grant
Ever Wish You Could Decipher Social-Media Snark?  So Does the Secret Service.
Social Media

Ever Wish You Could Decipher Social-Media Snark? So Does the Secret Service.

The Secret Service is looking for new social-media monitoring tools, to among other things, help determine sarcasm.
Nina Zipkin
GOP Congressman Introduces First Bill to Tax Bitcoin
Bitcoin

GOP Congressman Introduces First Bill to Tax Bitcoin

Everyone's buzzing about Rep. Steve Stockman's plan to submit a bill declaring Bitcoin a currency, but this isn't the first time the politician has whipped up a stir.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
IRS Will Tax Bitcoin, Says It's Not Currency
Bitcoin

IRS Will Tax Bitcoin, Says It's Not Currency

In a historic ruling, the IRS said Bitcoin is property, not currency, and will be taxed as such. Here's what you need to know.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?
Finance

Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?

It just might be. Here's how to win one at a local, state or federal level.
Michelle Goodman