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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...

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.

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