Technology Law & Regulation

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Sen. Hatch calls high-skilled worker shortage ‘a crisis’

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) this week outlined the Republican tech agenda for the next Congress, and called for raising the cap on H-1B visas.

The ratings: Most net neutrality groups get poor grades on transparency

The IDG News Service looked into the funding transparency of several think tanks and advocacy groups involved in the net neutrality debate. Several disclose limited or no information about their funding.


Advocacy groups hit for obscuring corporate ties in net neutrality debate

A wide variety of lobby groups have financial ties to broadband carriers and trade associations, leading to accusation that they've been faking grassroots opposition to strong net neutrality rules.

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Secretive funding fuels debate about net neutrality astroturfing

The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process.

Oracle says Oregon wanted to take 'unacceptable risk' with healthcare website

The two sides continue to fight over the Cover Oregon website -- even before their dueling lawsuits get to court.

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Apple and sapphire supplier strike deal to end partnership

GT Advanced Technologies and Apple have agreed to a deal that will let GT close the two factories where it was producing scratch-resistant sapphire, and void the contracts it signed with its one-time partner.

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Phone maker Xiaomi moves data outside China over privacy concerns

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is moving customer data and its Internet platforms to servers outside China, only months after the company apologized over privacy concerns.

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What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in Mandarin that so impressed the Chinese

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stunned many Chinese, not with a new Facebook feature, but because he spoke and answered questions in Mandarin for almost half an hour.

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IBM’s chip business sale gets national security scrutiny

IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications.

Lawmakers want FCC to reclassify broadband for net neutrality

The FCC should reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility to achieve net neutrality, but take a "light touch" doing so, a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Chinese official after iCloud attack

Just after Apple's iCloud service faced a hacking attack from China, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a Chinese official to discuss protecting users' privacy.

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Microsoft sued as court action over employee no-poach deal mounts

Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff.

Rimini Street's practices remain 'suspect,' says Oracle

Oracle isn't satisfied that Rimini Street's new procedures for third-party support for Oracle software are legal.

Are higher frequencies mobile's next frontier? The FCC wants to know

Some mobile researchers think future networks will reach into higher frequencies to keep up with traffic, and the Federal Communications Commission wants to know how it might help to make that possible.

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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H-1B fraud may cost you your car and ‘gorgeous contemporary’

The U.S. is using forfeiture laws to try and extract a heavy price from defendants in H-1B fraud cases.

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Once the FBI has a back door 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 happens, 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...

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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.

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