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A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.

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Appellate court ruling will make a lot more work for Web designers

The decision from a case involving a company’s method of presenting its terms and conditions is otherwise fairly meaningless.

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U.S. uncovers $20M H-1B fraud scheme

A Virginia couple and four other people have been indicted for running an H-1B visa-for-sale scheme the government said generated about $20 million.

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FBI uses 5th-Amendment loophole to unlock iPhone of Bkhchadzhyan

iPhone owner ordered by judge to give FBI the finger -- to unlock her iPhone with her fingerprint, that is. The feds think Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan's shiny hides evidence of criminality. But hold on there, buddy -- surely the 5th...

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White House releases report on how to spur smart-gun tech

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have begun a process to define, for the first time, the requirements that manufacturers would need to meet for law enforcement agencies to consider purchasing firearms...

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Google’s EU antitrust problems could get compounded by Getty Images' complaint

Getty Images, a long-time critic of Google’s image search functionality, plans to file a competition law complaint against the search giant with the European Commission.

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Google, Uber, Ford drive self-driving car group with Volvo and Lyft

Google, Uber, Ford, Volvo and Lyft form self-driving car 'advocacy' group. State and U.S. regulators seem poised to crack down on feet- and hands-free driving, so Google's gang wants to head them off...

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Feds seek public input on the future of IoT

The Commerce Department wants public comment on the "benefits, challenges and potential roles for the government" in advancing the Internet of Things.

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Uber and Twitter have jacked up their spending on political lobbying

Uber and Twitter significantly expanded their attempts to influence members of Congress through political lobbying in the first three months of this year.

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Europe v Android -- EU cites Google in Naked Exclusion

Google is on the EU naughty step yet again. This time, the European Union has charged Google with antitrust violations, hating on secret agreements with Android ODMs and carriers...

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Chip card payment confusion, anger rages on

Six months after U.S. retailers began assuming liability for debit and credit card fraud, only a fraction of the nation's in-store payment terminals can accept the highly secure chip-enabled cards.

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Europe charges Google over Android licensing conditions

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

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Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing the tech giant's Siri digital assistant of infringing one of its patents.

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EU charges Google with foisting its search and browser on smartphone makers

The European Commission made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.


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Why your business needs internal and external safeguards to protect your investment

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EFF sues for info on gov't demands to decrypt communications

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its failure to disclose if Internet companies have been compelled to decrypt user data and communications.

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Lawmakers want a middle ground for law enforcement access to encryption

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, some lawmakers urged.

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Microsoft cites new EU personal data rules in support of email dispute

Microsoft has cited new European data protection rules in support of its claim that the U.S. government should use inter-government agreements rather than a warrant to force the technology company to provide emails stored in Ireland...

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