The Washington Post

Senate fails to pass last minute cybersecurity measure #thecircuit

Cybersecurity: The Senate did not approve a last-minute attempt to pass a cybersecurity bill Wednesday with less than a supermajority of senators voting to invoke the rule of cloture.

The push to get cybersecurity legislation through the Senate stalled in August, and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared after the election that he wanted to make passing the measure a top priority for the lame-duck Congress.The Hill reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he hopes cybersecurity legislation is revisited as early as next month.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that President Obama had signed a secret directive on cybersecurity in mid-October.

E-mail privacy: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a markup session on an electronic privacy bill that relates to e-mail. Reforming and updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been on many lawmakers’ to-do lists.

The committee will meet to mark up the bill Nov. 29.

Senate clears SAFE WEB Act: The Senate voted Wednesday to reauthorize a House bill that grants the Federal Trade Commission jurisdiction to fight Internet fraud.

The House bill was sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who recently conceded a tight race for her seat to Democrat Raul Ruiz.

Amazon ships Kindle Fire 8.9 early, 4G coming next week: Amazon announced Thursday that it’s shipping a larger Kindle Fire HD tablet earlier than the date set when the product launched in September.

“With the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to make our $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 available early — we think customers are going to love Web browsing, e-mail, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines and more on the large, stunning HD screen, with fast Wi-Fi and exceptional audio,” said Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon’s Kindle unit.

The 4G-enabled version of the tablet is due to ship next week, the company said, just in time for the holidays.

The tablet starts at $499. For data, however, users will have to pay a one-time fee of $49.99 for a data package with AT&T that also includes a $10 Amazon Appstore credit and 20 GB of storage in Amazon’s Cloud Drive.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
From clubfoot to climbing: Double amputee lives life of adventure
Learn to make traditional soup dumplings
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Play Videos
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
The rise and fall of baseball cards
How to keep your child safe in the water
Play Videos
'Did you fall from heaven?': D.C.'s pick-up lines
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
How to get organized for back to school
How to buy a car via e-mail
The signature drink of New Orleans