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Microsoft nixes EU browser ballot screen

Microsoft has pulled the plug on the browser ballot screen it was forced to display in the aftermath of a threat by the European Union's antitrust agency five years ago.

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U.S.-Cuba breakthrough is no slam dunk for Internet

The Obama administration's historic move to restore ties between the U.S. and Cuba may eventually put more Cubans online, but the future of the Internet there is likely to depend more on domestic policies than on imported goods...

ICANN data compromised in spearphishing attack

A spearphishing attack on ICANN has compromised the email credentials of several ICANN staff members and allowed the attacker to access user information, including email and postal addresses.

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Google's full encryption efforts chug along, with Yahoo's help

Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people's messages on their computers.

Update: Firefox pleads for cash with in-browser fundraiser

Mozilla has been running a fundraiser from within its Firefox browser, a program that will run through the end of the year.

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China was tough on U.S. tech firms in 2014

This was a lousy year for U.S. tech firms doing business in China, and 2015 may be no better.

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Internet tax moratorium extended in Cromnibus spending bill

A one-year extension to a U.S moratorium on Internet access taxes was buried in a $1.1 trillion government spending bill passed by the Senate on Saturday.

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Google says adiós to Spain, dasvidaniya to Russia

Google, fresh on the heels of shuttering its doors in Russia, announced it will shortly do the same to its Google News service in Spain. Why? Bloggers (try) to explain a recent law passed in Spain that chased Google away.

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Why Google should leave Europe

The company is under attack by European authorities who won't stop until they do real damage. The solution? Leave.

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Google moved to lock down data after NSA revelations

Google has worked hard to lock down the personal data it collects since revelations in the last year and a half about mass surveillance programs at the NSA, company Chairman Eric Schmidt said.

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Intelligence community must get its own house in order

If governments want private-sector cooperation for their lawful investigations, they should first examine their own operations, goals and assumptions.

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Zuck despises Dislike button (but does Facebook HATE you?)

Updated: We dislike this. Town Hall meeting exposes 'social' company's greed and disdain for users: Mark Zuckerberg -- currently worth $34 billion -- continues to brush off user suggestions. The best he could say was that Facebook...

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Facebook offers thumbs down on 'dislike' button, mulls other options

For those times on Facebook when a "like" won't work, the company is eyeing more options, though probably not a "dislike" button.

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EU antitrust commissioner to meet with Google complainants

The new antitrust commissioner at the European Union will meet with complainants in a four-year-old antitrust case against Google to get an update and decide how to move ahead.

Microsoft starts accepting Bitcoin payments

Opening up to new payment options, Microsoft has started accepting Bitcoin payments on its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox stores.

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Google News to shut down in Spain ahead of new law

Google is shutting down its news product in Spain rather than pay publishers for using snippets of their content.

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Your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

Connecting the dots between the ads users see online and the purchases they make in stores is a key goal of Facebook's advertising efforts.

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Instagram gains user momentum, passing Twitter

Photo-sharing site Instagram said Wednesday that its active monthly user base reached 300 million, a dramatic 50% increase in the past nine months.

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