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NSA privacy chief defends agency's surveillance

The National Security Agency's surveillance programs are legal and under close scrutiny by other parts of the government, the agency's internal privacy watchdog said Monday.

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Breaking up Google is one possible antritrust option, EU lawmakers say

Breaking up Google by separating its search engine from other commercial services is only one of the actions the European Commission could take to resolve the company's antitrust problems, say members of Parliament who are proposing...

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Apple's $450M e-books settlement wins final court approval

A federal judge in New York has approved to a settlement in which Apple will pay $450 million for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for e-books.

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EU eyes a break-up of Google

Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services

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Obama immigration plan called vague, frustrating

The immigration reforms that President Obama announced have left people on all sides of the tech immigration issue uncertain and frustrated.

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New tools offer practical help to block official spies

Online civil-rights groups and IBM accidentally struck a blow for individual freedom simultaneously with tools that limit covert surveillance from both hackers and governments

FCC chairman offers no timeline for net neutrality decision

The FCC has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.

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Obama H-1B immigration FAIL

How is this going to fix the tech-worker shortage? Obama is going it alone on immigration policy. But what about the H-1B issue? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers greet gridlock in DC.

Google and Rockstar settle lawsuit over Nortel patents

Google has agreed to settle a patent lawsuit brought by Rockstar, a patent company that had earlier acquired a large number of patents from Nortel Networks.

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Governments hit back against webcam-snooping websites

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning people to secure their webcams after sites that broadcast the contents of those cameras sprung up online.

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NSA director: No changes in telephone record collection coming

The U.S. National Security Agency is planning no major changes in its domestic telephone records collection program after a bill to rein in those efforts failed in the Senate this week, the agency's director said.

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Intel and Europol team up to fight cybercrime

Intel's McAfee security branch and European law enforcement will exchange technical information and non-operational data related to cybercrime.

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This is how Google handles 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google is employing a team of lawyers, engineers and paralegals who have so far evaluated more than half a million URLs European citizens want delisted from search results.

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Court shuts down tech support 'scams' targeted by FTC

A federal court in Florida has temporarily shut down two "massive" telemarketing operations that allegedly conned tens of thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by tricking them into fixing nonexistent computer errors.

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NTSB backs FAA on reckless drone use regulations

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of FAA prohibitions of their careless or reckless use.

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Senate fails to pass NSA reform bill

The U.S. Senate has voted down a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and others join push against government spying

Ten top tech companies have signed onto an open letter backing legislation that would prevent the bulk collection of Internet metadata by government agencies.

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Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate

The Obama administration urged the U.S. Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency in the wake of widespread concerns about potential violations of...

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