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The Pulse: Senate Passes Budget Bill

In Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse," the U.S. Senate passes a budget bill; video ads coming to Facebook; and more.
In Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse," the U.S. Senate passes a budget bill; video ads coming to Facebook; and more.

A budget bill moved one step closer to final passage Tuesday. The Senate passed the measure with a 67 to 33 vote. The bill will now move to President Obama's desk. Senate Republicans were divided on the vote-- though the bipartisan budget act passed with sweeping GOP support in the House. It's a two-year deal that sets spending caps and provides $23 billion in spending cuts.

A former Microsoft executive has been enlisted to help the government fix its troubled Obamacare website. Kurt Delbene is a former president of Microsoft's 'Office' division. He will replace Jeff Zients, who served on an interim basis. Massive problems with healthcare.gov prevented many people from signing up for health care since its rollout on October 1.

A day after an NSA data mining program was ruled unconstitutional, the White House meets with top tech executives to discuss cybersecurity, the Obamacare website and national security. The tech industry protested some high-profile NSA snooping programs. The NSA surveillance was first revealed by Edward Snowden, who expects other programs to be found unconstitutional, as well.

Video ads -- coming soon to your Facebook feed. The ads will play automatically starting Thursday-- though sound will be off. They'll appear both on the web and smartphones. The plan is for 15-second clips, though no time limit has been set. Facebook has not released pricing details, and says this is an 'initial, limited test.'

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is inducting a few music legends. KISS, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oats, Linda Ronstadt and Nirvana are receiving the high honor. Artists are eligible for the prestigious award 25 years after releasing their first recording. The induction ceremony is set for April 2014 in New York. Tickets go on sale next month.
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