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Ericsson steps up patent dispute with Apple, seeks to block U.S. sales

Some Apple products may be banned from sale in the U.S. if Ericsson gets its way.

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Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Is FRAND fair? When is a non-practicing entity just a patent troll? Smartflash LLC sued Apple again over its patents. And now Ericsson joins in. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll at a broken system.

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Fresh from $532.9M patent win, Smartflash sues Apple again

Patent company Smartflash has sued Apple again, this time to focus on newer Apple products like the latest iPhones and iPads.

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GOP bill would overturn FCC decision on municipal broadband

Seven Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the FCC from preempting state laws that limit municipal broadband networks.

Grassley's position on H-1B called ‘protectionist’

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is leading an effort to make H-1B visas available to more workers.

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What it means: The FCC's net neutrality vote

Net neutrality has been debated for a decade, but the Federal Communications Commission's historic vote signals only the beginning of further battles and likely lawsuits.

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FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as utility

The FCC voted to approve new net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility. The move came over the objections of the commission's Republican members and large broadband providers.

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FCC votes to overturn state laws limiting municipal broadband plans

The FCC today voted to overturn large parts of two state laws that limit local governments from funding and building broadband networks.

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So. Cal. Edison’s IT layoffs are ‘heartless,’ says Sen. Grassley

Southern California Edison IT workers replaced by H-1B contractors have become the latest Exhibit A in Congress for reformers who wanted changes to the visa program.

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EPIC files FTC complaint about Samsung's Smart TV 'surveillance'

A complaint filed by a privacy group to the FTC argues that Samsung's Smart TVs intercept and record private communications of consumers in their homes, violating a number of rules including the Children's Online Privacy Protection...

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Sen. Nelson questions use of StingRays for phone surveillance

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is asking the FCC about the certification process for a device law enforcement is using to track suspects without first getting a court order.

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Apple ordered to pay Smartflash $532.9M in patent case

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million after a U.S. jury found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Smartflash, a Texas-based technology licensing company.

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Broadband backers push GOP-led Congress to overturn FCC on net neutrality

The U.S. Congress should pass net neutrality legislation that overturns proposed rules at the FCC, according to broadband advocates.

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The FCC’s Orwellian Internet policy

Concise statutory statements are no match for the FCC’s linguistic gymnastics.

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FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

Things are looking up for FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's net-neutrality proposal. Democracy FTW! But there may be a last-minute, dramatic insect in the topical medicine...

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U.S. to allow some H-1B worker spouses to work

The White House today is giving final approval to a rule change that will allow some H-1B visa workers' spouses to get jobs.

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More lawyers swoop down on Lenovo, Superfish with class-action lawsuits in hand

Lenovo and adware maker Superfish came under more legal fire as two new lawsuits were filed in federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft.

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Republican lawmakers investigate White House net neutrality push

Congressional Republicans are demanding to know how much the White House influenced the Federal Communications Commission while the agency crafted net neutrality rules.

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