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NSA wins battle over phone records collection as court lifts injunction

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a district court injunction against the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records.

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Memory issue disrupts FAA air traffic control system

A memory issue in the traffic management system of the Federal Aviation Administration resulted in the disruption of flights on the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, according to the agency.

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AT&T's ties to NSA detailed in Snowden docs

A fresh analysis of documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden shows that AT&T has been a much closer partner for the National Security Agency's Internet spying activities than was known.

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Adobe picks up FedRAMP certification; cue government sales

FedRAMP isn't a name that rolls off the tongue, but it's a key certification for companies wishing to sell to the government. Adobe has just received FedRAMP and with it access to a whole bunch of new sales opportunities.

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The FCC's spectrum auction rules raise stakes for carriers

The FCC will decide this week which mobile carriers will control billions of dollars worth of prime wireless spectrum scheduled to be auctioned next year.

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China to plant Internet police in top online firms

In a bid to better police local websites, the China's security forces are establishing offices at the biggest online companies in the country.

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How dare India damage our porn industry? 857 sites censored by Indian government

The Indian government bans hundreds of pornographic websites around the world. Bowing to pressure from a lawyer, Kamlesh Vaswani, Modi's mode is to deny access to 857 websites, from a list provided by Vaswani...

Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info-sharing bill

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

A coalition of digital rights groups and security experts asked President Obama to oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies.

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NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillance data Nov. 29

The U.S. National Security Agency will lose access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said.

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More questions raised about Hillary Clinton emails

A government review has concluded that Hillary Clinton sent classified information through a personal email account while she served as secretary of state, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Google, ISPs join feds to offer free broadband to low-income families

Google and seven other ISPs have joined a new U.S. government pilot program to connect 275,000 low-income households to the Internet for free or at reduced rates.

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NASA spacecraft expects 'dazzling' data after Pluto flyby

After a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft re-established contact with NASA and was furiously collecting data and what are expected to be "dazzling" images of the dwarf planet Pluto.

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OPM director steps down in wake of unprecedented data breach

Katherine Archuleta, the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, resigned a day after her agency announced that hackers had stolen information on 21.5 million current, former and prospective government workers and their...

Internet voting isn't ready yet, but it can be made more secure

The push for Internet voting is growing stronger as the underlying technology matures, but systems aren't yet secure enough to ensure that vote counts will be accurate.

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Former A.G. Eric Holder says Snowden deal is possible

The "possibility exists" for the Department of Justice to cut a deal that would allow surveillance leaker Edward Snowden to return to the U.S., according to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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NASA readies test for first Mars airplane

NASA scientists are working on a plane that would be deployed from a rover's landing system to fly across the Martian surface and take images of potential landing sites for future astronaut missions.

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VMware settles claim of overcharging US government

VMware has settled a lawsuit initiated by a former executive that alleged the company and a partner overcharged the U.S. government for products over a six-year period.

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