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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

A coalition of digital rights groups and security experts asked President Obama to oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies.

Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite public support for the idea

President Barack Obama won't pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden, despite strong public support for the move, the White House said Tuesday.

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Privacy and the data toothpaste problem

Two court rulings basically maintain that we can’t expect privacy on the phone or on social media. George Orwell would be proud of the judges.

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Apple, Nike settle lawsuit over FuelBand inaccuracies

Apple and Nike have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging the FuelBand fitness tracker inaccurately tracked workout data like calories burned and steps taken.

Facebook prevails in shareholder lawsuit over IPO

An appeals court has ruled that shareholders cannot sue Facebook or CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a case that accused the company of withholding key financial information from the public until after its IPO. The shareholders alleged...

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Senator calls for investigation of Apple's music streaming policies

Apple's licensing terms for competing music streaming services may be raising prices for consumers, a potential unfair competition issue that should be investigated, a U.S. senator alleged.

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Downbeat: Apple Music not a hit with watchdogs, senators, and bloggers

Yesterday wasn't a good day for Apple's streaming music service. A consumer watchdog group, a U.S. senator, and a popular blogger weren't praising Apple Music, they were, in effect, burying it...

Court rules that 'pocket-dialed' calls aren't private

A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally "pocket dials" someone shouldn't expect any overheard conversation to be considered private.

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AT&T-DirecTV deal headed for FCC approval with conditions

AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV appears headed for approval, with Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, circulating to commissioners an order recommending approval, although with some conditions.

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Google slams proposed export controls on security tools

A proposed set of software export controls, including controls on selling hacking software outside the U.S., are "dangerously broad and vague," Google said.

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In Scott Walker's state, Democrats seek outsourcing penalties

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is still a cipher on offshore outsourcing and the H-1B issue. But Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced anti-outsourcing legislation that could shed light on Walker's views, if the bill makes it to his desk. ...

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T-Mobile to pay $17.5M fine for 911 outages

T-Mobile USA will pay a $17.5 million fine in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for two 911 emergency dialing outages on the company's mobile network last year.

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Will the White House disappoint on H-1B displacements?

Signals are mixed on whether the Obama administration will take action or wait for Congress to change the law.

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EU hits Qualcomm with two antitrust probes

Qualcomm is under investigation by the European Union's antitrust authority for possibly abusing its dominant position in the market for 3G and 4G chipsets used in smartphones and tablets.

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Darkode hacking forum shuts after investigation spanning 20 countries

Law enforcement agencies from 20 countries working together have shut down a major computer hacking forum, and U.S. officials have filed criminal charges against a dozen people associated with the website, the U.S. Department of...

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Tech policy belongs on the 2016 campaign agenda

Telecommunications policy is likely to be ignored in the presidential election, but it shouldn’t be.

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ACLU asks court to immediately end NSA phone snooping

A U.S. appeals court should immediately shut down the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records because the practice is illegal, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

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U.S. to begin talks on drone privacy standards

But it's unclear if privacy and consumer groups will come to the table after leaving earlier privacy discussions.

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