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U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market

The International Trade Commission has voted to uphold findings that the two countries intentionally saturated the market with cheap photovoltaic cells, undercutting competition and driving prices down.

Republicans want FCC to release net neutrality proposal before vote

Three top Republican lawmakers called on the chairman of the FCC to release his proposed net neutrality rules publicly before the commission votes late next Friday

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Winklevoss twins plan regulated Bitcoin exchange

The most famous twins in social media and cryptocurrency want to launch a regulated Bitcoin exchange -- named Gemini, of course.

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No need to boost H-1Bs, says GOP Senate immigration head... Wait. WHAT?

What bizarre, parallel universe is this? Jeff Sessions is now the chair of the Senate subcommittee on Immigration. But he doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye with his Republican colleagues about tech-worker H-1B visas. In IT Blogwatch,...

Friend of Silk Road creator details early days of the site

A college friend of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the Silk Road online exchange, testified that he helped Ulbricht troubleshoot the site in its early days, providing more ammunition for federal prosecutors to make the case that...

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Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The Senate's two top Republican critics of temporary worker immigration, specifically the H-1B and L-1 visas, now hold the two most important immigration posts in the Senate.

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Huawei's elusive founder tries to dispel spying concerns and air of mystery

U.S. security concerns may still haunt the reputation of Huawei Technologies, but the Chinese company's elusive founder brushed off any involvement in state-sponsored cyber espionage in a rare interview on Thursday.

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Big visions for 5G before the FCC

Drones, robots, high-altitude balloons and low-altitude satellites are all envisioned to provide fifth-generation (5G) wireless connections as early as 2020, according to recent FCC filings from 55 companies, including Google,...

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BlackBerry wants to require app developers to make apps for its platform

BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants net neutrality to extend to content and applications, so that developers of apps for Android and iOS will have to develop on the BlackBerry platform.

Prosecutors tighten case against alleged Silk Road mastermind

Federal prosecutors used chat logs and private journals Wednesday to strengthen their case that Ross Ulbricht is the anonymous mastermind who ran the Silk Road online market.

GOP net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

A Republican net neutrality proposal in Congress would not fully protect broadband customers, critics said Wednesday.


Obama promises to promote net neutrality, broadband

President Barack Obama promised to push for net neutrality rules and for more transparency in the government's surveillance programs during his State of the Union address late Tuesday.

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Silk Road trial needs more evidence to make Mt. Gox connection

Any backdoor connection between the Silk Road online market and Mark Karpeles, the founder of the failed Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange, will have to be disregarded unless defense attorneys present stronger evidence.

After death threats, Gamergate target starts group to fight online harassment

Zoe Quinn, the game developer harassed by the Gamergate movement, has co-founded a group aimed at combatting online abuse.

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Let’s not make patent trolls stronger

Bill proposed by National Retail Federation wouldn’t shut them down, and it might simply legitimize them.

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People are increasingly worried about privacy and lax legal protections

Internet users in the U.S., France Germany and other nations are increasingly worried about the impact technology has on privacy, and feel legal protections are insufficient. In 11 of the 12 countries surveyed as part of a...

Opponent of Apple, Google settlement with workers wants larger cut in new deal

Michael Devine, who helped sink an earlier settlement between tech companies and workers in a lawsuit over anti-poaching efforts, supports a new settlement proposed but wants a larger payout.

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New H-1B bill will 'help destroy' U.S. tech workforce

Legislation that would hike the H-1B visa cap is drawing criticism and warnings that it will lead to an increase in offshoring of tech jobs.

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