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Who’s behind the last-minute push to thwart patent reform? "A legislative proposal to club patent trolls over the head is now on hold indefinitely after the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), shelved the idea Wednesday," I write, "much to the surprise of patent reform advocates."

Meet Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC swing vote. "The agency's high-profile agenda is shining a spotlight on the commission's five members, especially Ms. Rosenworcel, 42 years old, who has emerged as the swing vote on spectrum, broadband rules and at least one of the mammoth mergers," reports the Wall Street Journal.

Obama backs new surveillance legislation, but tech companies reject. "A tech industry group that has Facebook and Google as participants has rejected the latest draft of a U.S. legislation that aims to put curbs on surveillance by the National Security Agency," reports Computerworld.

Google Fiber: we don’t charge for peering, don’t have fast lanes. "Google used its Google Fiber internet access business Wednesday to chime in on the continuing debate around peering and internet fast lanes, and guess what: the company doesn’t use either," according to Gigaom.

Marc Andreessen: In 20 years, we'll talk about Bitcoin like we talk about the Internet today. n a wide-ranging interview, the Silicon Valley investor dishes on Edward Snowden, net neutrality and the future of the cyptocurrency that's much more than a currency.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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