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Senate committee steps into net neutrality debate

The FCC should abandon efforts to pass net neutrality rules because new regulations would hurt investment and the deployment of broadband, a parade of Republican senators and advocates said Wednesday.


Update: Yelp settles FTC charges of violating child privacy

Yelp will pay $450,000 to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it accepted registrations to its services from children under 13 through its apps.

Appeals court tosses $368M patent judgment against Apple

A federal appellate court today threw out a 2012 judgment against Apple that required it to pay $368 million to VirnetX for patent infringement by the company's FaceTime video calling service and its implementation of VPN.

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Apple Watch under scrutiny for privacy by Connecticut attorney general

Connecticut's attorney general is concerned about the privacy implications of Apple Watch's handling of consumers' health information.

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Yahoo slams 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo is criticizing new legislation that gives executors charged with carrying out the instructions in a person's will broad access to their online accounts.

FTC warns companies not to use big data to exclude consumers

The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but could let companies create consumer profiles that lead to discrimination.

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Google wants to test drones above New Mexico

Google is planning to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico.

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Europe has a love/hate thing for U.S. tech

European regulators never seem to miss a chance to crack down on U.S. tech companies, but their market share on the continent just keeps growing.

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Yahoo! caved to U.S. PRISM threat (because money)

While Yahoo! initially fought NSA order, it didn't take it to the Supremes: Yahoo! is crowing about how it fought an order to hand over private user information. However, it's emerged that it gave up after the government threatened...

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Yahoo faced $250K in daily fines for defying U.S. surveillance requests

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

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CTIA chief lashes back at FCC chair on net neutrality

Mobile has to have different Open Internet rules from fixed broadband, Meredith Attwell Baker says

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Senators ask Apple, Home Depot for information on breaches

Two lawmakers ask the companies to explain the cause of recent data breaches

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China state-run media dreams up conspiracy theories about missing iPhone 6

Government-controlled media outlets in China yesterday speculated that the iPhone 6 will not be immediately sold there because Apple retaliated against carrier partners who leaked details of the new models before their launch.

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Net neutrality is DEAD. Get over it, Internet

Bend over, the FCC chair says so (between the lines): The Federal Communications Commission chairman seems to be saying that network neutrality isn't going to happen. In a series of statements, Tom Wheeler appeared to be tough on the...

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Internet Slowdown Day becomes an online picket protest

Today is Internet Slowdown Day and web sites, including Netflix, Etsy and others, were drawing attention to the debate over net neutrality and efforts to ensure that Internet service providers and governments treat all data crossing...

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Snapchat settles ownership dispute, says app idea came from ousted partner

Snapchat cofounders Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy have reached a settlement with former Stanford colleague Frank Reginald Brown, admitting that Brown had originally come up with the idea for the app for sending disappearing picture...

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Tech industry groups ask Senate to 'swiftly pass' NSA curbs

Tech industry groups have written a letter to U.S. Senate leaders, asking them to swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act, legislation that is expected to end the collection of bulk domestic phone data by the National Security Agency.

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Tech groups press Congress to pass USA Freedom Act

As Congress returned from summer recess Monday, several technology and civil rights groups quickly renewed their push for a bill that seeks to put curbs on the bulk collection of phone records and Internet data by the government.

Senators want FTC probe of Home Depot breach

The FTC should investigate security practices at Home Depot following media reports that the hardware retailer's payment systems were breached, two U.S. senators said Tuesday.

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