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Thursday: Privacy, SaaS, dashboards and In-Q-Tel

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Privacy bill markup. The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet today to consider a bill that would require police to obtain a warrant before reading emails, Facebook messages and other forms of electronic communication, The Hill reports.

A better way to innovate? In-Q-Tel, the CIA-funded venture capital firm, provides a model for the government to keep up with new technologies, AOL Gov reports.

Tech committee's new chair. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is the next chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, The Hill reports.

SaaS scares. There are a few reasons why federal IT professionals should fear a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, GCN reports.

Dashboard 101. Government dashboard-makers need to keep a few tips in mind, such as providing people with some additional actionable information and being clear about methodology, Tech President reports.

Know a great IT leader? Women in Technology is now accepting nominations for its 14th annual leadership awards, Washington Technology reports.

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