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Google scores a win in SOPA-tinged Mississippi case

A federal judge has put the brakes on i probe of Google in Mississippi, where the movie industry was accused of conspiring with the state's attorney general to revive the Stop Online Piracy Act.

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Conn. AG launches Lenovo-Superfish 'crapware' probe

Connecticut's state attorney general today announced a probe into Lenovo's practice of bundling adware on consumer PCs.

NSA authority to collect bulk phone data extended to June 1

A U.S. secret court has extended until June 1 the bulk collection of private phone records of Americans by the National Security Agency.

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Net neutrality could hamper new mobile services, Nokia CEO says

New net neutrality rules just established in the U.S. may face a cool reception here at Mobile World Congress, where carriers are prime customers. Nokia's CEO took an early shot on Sunday night.

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White House privacy proposal aims to give consumers control over data

U.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill of rights released Friday by the...

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The FCC's new net neutrality rules: What we know so far

Here's what we know about the FCC's vote on Thursday to reclassify broadband as a regulated telecommunications service.

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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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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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 the spouses of some H-1B visa workers to get jobs.

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