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Issa bill would kill a big H-1B loophole

Rep. Darrell Issa has rolled out a bipartisan bill that would make two key changes to the 1998 H-1B visa law.

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Petition urges Apple not to release technology for jamming phone cameras

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

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U.S. seizes KickassTorrents domains, site owner arrested

The U.S. has seized domains belonging to KickassTorrents, one of the most popular sites for illegal file sharing, and its alleged owner has been arrested.

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Tech groups want Trump to actually notice their industry

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has antagonized much of the tech industry by opposing free trade and immigration but has otherwise nearly ignored the vital segment of the nation's economy, critics say.

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Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets

Federal authorities have shut down several alleged tech support scammers working out of Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Canada, freezing their assets and seizing control of their businesses.

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Microsoft steps up legal pressure against Windows 10 pirates

Microsoft last week filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows and Office.

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Using compliance as a tool for change

Our manager leverages gaps in security compliance to enhance the security program.

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Rep. Pascrell's H-1B bill is a message to Democrats

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) introduced an H-1B reform bill that, he said, has little chance of being enacted this year. He said he proposed the bill to make the case for reform of the controversial visa.

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Get off my lawn: Federal panel says websites can ban anyone

An appellate court ruled last week that sites can legally ban people, with a subsequent visit to the site punishable by federal criminal law.

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Silicon Valley execs see Trump as a 'disaster for innovation'

A group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, company founders, engineers and investors have signed an open letter regarding Donald Trump. The gist: they don't like him and think he would be a disaster for the business of innovation.

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Microsoft wins appeal over U.S. government access to emails held overseas

A U.S. appeals court has quashed a search warrant that would have required Microsoft to disclose contents of emails stored on a server in Ireland, in a case that has broad ramifications for privacy, diplomatic relations and the...

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FAA compromise bill drops key drone privacy provisions

A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday excludes key privacy provisions, including a requirement that commercial and government users of drones disclose whether they collect...

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Privacy Shield transatlantic data sharing agreement enters effect

After months of uncertainty, businesses once again have a simple, legal way to export the personal information of European Union citizens to the U.S. for processing.

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Clinton: It's 'heartbreaking' when IT workers must train H-1B replacements

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday criticized the replacement of U.S. IT workers by foreign labor but did not offer a plan to fix it.

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After 12 years seeking H-1B reform, Rep. Pascrell tries again

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) has been pushing for H-1B reform for a dozen years. He's still at it.

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House passes bill banning access to porn from federal computers

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from accessing pornographic or explicit websites from federal computers, unless it meets an investigative objective.

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Investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email system closed without charges

An investigation into the use of a personal email system for official communications by Hillary Clinton, while she was secretary of state, has been closed with no charges filed, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said.

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FBI faults Clinton's personal email system, but doesn't recommend prosecution

Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" in her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, but the FBI doesn't recommend bringing charges against her for mishandling classified information.

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