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Obama orders chip-and-PIN for government credit cards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded in government-issued credit and debit cards as part of an effort to stem payment data breaches.

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Once the FBI has a backdoor into your smartphone, everyone does

FBI director James Comey believes tech companies should be forced to insert back doors to bypass encryption on smartphones. But experts say once that happen,s security is moot and anyone can breach your privacy.

Tech industry applauds Obama nominee for patent office

The U.S. tech industry scored a victory this week when President Barack Obama nominated former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should reconsider plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, FBI Director James Comey...

Execs at Apple sapphire supplier sold $10M worth of stock before bankruptcy

Five top executives at GT Advanced Technologies, the New Hampshire company that was to supply Apple with scratch-resistant sapphire, cashed in stock worth more than $10 million in the five months before the company declared bankruptcy...

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Offshoring remark haunts GOP Senate candidate in Georgia

Offshore outsourcing doesn't always get much attention in U.S. Senate races, but the issue is pitting two political newcomers against each other in Georgia.

Tech workers now oppose settlement they reached in Silicon Valley hiring case

Tech workers have asked an appeals court not to approve a $324.5 million settlement in Silicon Valley's controversial employee hiring case, according to a document filed Tuesday.

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Sapphire supplier wants to expose details of its deal with Apple

GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was to supply Apple with scratch-resistant sapphire, has asked a federal bankruptcy court to make public confidential information that would describe its partnership with Apple and explain...

IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say.

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Obama H-1B reform plan draws Grassley's ire

President Barack Obama plans to make the H-1B system "more efficient" through executive action, a move that's drawn negative reaction from Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley.

Once again, Congress risks allowing an Internet access tax

Putting a tax on Internet access strikes many people as absurd, but Congress is drifting in the direction of letting a moratorium expire in mid-December that would allow just that.

Google, Rockstar patent dispute to be decided in California court

Patent disputes between Apple-backed Rockstar and Google's Android licensees will be first decided in a California court rather than in a Texas court thought to be more favorable to patent holders.

Russian faces new charges in point-of-sale hacking case

A Russian man accused of hacking point-of-sale systems in the U.S. faces more charges following a revised indictment returned by a grand jury on Thursday.

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Google wants Supreme Court to decide Android copyright case

Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a copyright infringement case that some developers think could affect their ability to innovate in software.

Update: AT&T to pay $105M to settle mobile-phone cramming charges

AT&T will pay $105 million to settle complaints from the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and 51 state-level governments that it made millions of dollars through unauthorized third-party charges to...

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Twitter sues to reveal more about national security requests

Twitter sued the U.S. government on Tuesday, becoming the latest tech giant to say it should be able to disclose more about official requests for information about its users.

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NSA's internal watchdog defends privacy practices

The National Security Agency takes multiple steps to protect the privacy of the information it collects about U.S. residents under a secretive surveillance program, according to agency's privacy office.

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EC to probe Amazon tax deal in Luxembourg

Amazon.com may have received illegal state aid from tax authorities in Luxembourg, where the company has a subsidiary that records most of its European profit, according to the European Commission.

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Former Infosys recruiter says he was told not to hire U.S. workers

A lawsuit alleging that outsourcing firm Infosys favored hiring Indian workers over U.S. workers now includes an account from a recruiter about the alleged practice.

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