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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 24: President pushes online privacy guidelines, big firms snagging billions in small biz contracts

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The White House privacy guidelines were a win for companies like Google and Facebook, who faught against more strict regulations. (David Paul Morris - BLOOMBERG)
President pushes online privacy guidelines: The Obama administration on Thursday announced voluntary guidelines for Web companies to protect consumers’ privacy online, a win for Internet companies that have fought against heavier federal mandates. The White House did not include a much-debated “do not track” rule that would have forced companies to offer users the choice of stopping advertisers from tracking their activities across the Web.

Big firms snagging billions in small business contracts: The government attempts to award at least 23 percent of all federal contracts to small businesses, but new research from the American Small Business League shows that 72 large companies received $16.4 billion in federal small business contracts. The group attributes the misallocation to policy loopholes, human error and improper categorization.

Google taps former congresswoman to head D.C. office: Google on Thursday named former Republican congresswoman Susan Molinari to head its Washington lobbying and policy office, as the search giant fights scrutiny by federal regulators over antitrust and privacy issues. Molinari represented New York in the House from 1990 to 1997.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

American entre­pre­neur­ship facing same threat as American manufacturing: United States entrepreneurship could suffer a massive offshore migration if policy makers fail to quickly pass legislation to reform immigration, improve access to capital and streamline the public-offering process, according to a warning delivered Thursday by Steve Case, chief executive of the Startup America Partnership.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to build exposure through social coupons (SBA)

How to stop being a slave to your data (Fast Compnay)

How to tap retail trends to benefit your business (Yahoo)

How to find business leads on Facebook (Entrepreneur)

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