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ACLU wants NSA phone dragnet killed

Congress should kill the section of the Patriot Act that lets the National Security Agency collect millions of phone records from the nation's residents, according to a civil liberties advocate.

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Meet Bernie Sanders, H-1B skeptic

The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, but Sen. Bernie Sanders could change that in his quest for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Grooveshark shuts down after settlement with record companies

The settlement between owners Escape Media and the record companies was made ahead of a jury trial for award of damages.

House panel OKs bill to end NSA phone records program

Now the bill goes to the House floor for a vote

Apple says EC probe could lead to back tax payments

Apple warned that a European investigation into its tax payments in Ireland could lead to the company having to pay disputed past taxes covering up to 10 years.

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Rand Paul's bill would overturn U.S. net neutrality rules

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, has introduced legislation that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission's recent net neutrality rules.

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Lawmakers criticize FBI's request for encryption back doors

U.S. lawmakers are skeptical of an FBI request for Congress to mandate encryption workarounds in smartphones, with critics saying Wednesday that back doors would create new vulnerabilities that bad guys can exploit.

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Birth of an Internet independence movement

A group of tech leaders has joined forces to urge Congress to undo the regulatory overreach recently employed by the FCC.

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Bipartisan bill to rein in NSA phone data collection reintroduced

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation aimed at ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records across the country.

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US trade judge rules against Microsoft in phone patents case

The full U.S. International Trade Commission is now set to review the decision

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Google might buy your patents to counter trolls

Google might buy your patents to keep them out of the hands of litigious patent trolls that critics contend are hampering innovation.

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Facebook's aerial photo highlights confusion over drone regulations

When Facebook expanded into a new campus in late March, the company released a stunning aerial photo of the site captured from a drone. In taking the picture, Facebook almost certainly broke two FAA regulations governing drone use.

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Labor Department says it can't investigate So Cal Edison's H-1B use

A request by 10 U.S. senators to investigate H-1B visa use at Southern California Edison and other companies is meeting resistance at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Comcast's $45B Time Warner Cable deal is dead

Comcast is officially walking away from plans to acquire Time Warner Cable.

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House passes second cyberthreat information-sharing bill

For the second time in two days, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill that would give legal protections to companies that share cyberattack information.

FTC hits retail firm for secretly tracking customers

A company that tracked retail store customers through their smartphones without notifying them and without giving them a chance to turn off the tracking has settled an FTC complaint that it didn't live up to its privacy promises.

House okays cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House voted 307 to 116 on Wednesday to approve the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.

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House bill slashes research critical to cybersecurity

A U.S. House bill that will set the nation's basic research agenda for the next two years increases funding for computer science, but at the expense of other areas important to cybersecurity.

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