Technology Law & Regulation

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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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Senate leader introduces bill to extend Patriot Act surveillance

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill that would extend the surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act until 2020, instead of expiring on June 1.

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Google, Apple and Amazon spent record amounts on lobbying in Q1

Google, already the biggest tech lobbyist in Washington, D.C., spent $5.47 million in the first three months of the year.

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EU data protection reform triggers privacy warning

European Union data-protection reform proposals could undermine basic privacy rights globally, a growing chorus of critics say.

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Appeals court rejects man's claim he owns half of Facebook

Paul Ceglia, who for years has claimed to own 50 percent of Facebook, was denied a bid to revive his case against the company in a U.S. appeals court on Monday.

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Live streaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope pose legal risks

Live video is messy, raw, unedited and with new mobile apps, it's can capture people who don't know they're being recorded. In some cases, that can add up to legal problems,

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FCC faces seventh net neutrality lawsuit

Broadband provider CenturyLink has joined the list of ISPs and trade groups suing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over its net neutrality rules.


FCC moves toward 'historic' spectrum sharing plan

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved what some commissioners called a "historic" plan to allow private mobile broadband services to share spectrum with incumbent military users.

Assange interrogation in London on track, but no date set

As soon as it becomes clear that there are no obstacles, requests will be sent to British and Ecuadorian authorities

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California bill would secure data of users using ride-hailing firms

A proposed bill in California would put curbs on the data Uber and other ride-hailing companies can collect and share.

LA school district seeks millions from Apple over iPad software woes

The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking a multimillion dollar refund from Apple over a failed project to provide 650,000 students with iPads.

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Update: Wikileaks publishes searchable database of hacked Sony docs

Wikileaks has published a searchable database of thousands of emails and documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment that were leaked late last year.

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With EU challenging Google, this time 'stakes are high'

With the European Commission leveling antitrust charges against Google, the company should be bracing itself for a big – and potentially costly – fight over its dominant search business.

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Data breach notification bill could weaken consumer protections

Legislation that requires businesses across the U.S. to notify customers after a data breach is headed toward a vote by the House of Representatives.

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