Technology Law & Regulation

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Obamacare repeal could hurt the gig economy

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement healthcare plan, freelance, independent or contract workers who make up the gig economy could be hit.

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FTC hits Qualcomm for anticompetitive chip tactics

Qualcomm strong-armed some phone makers into accepting unfavorable technology licensing terms while giving Apple a break in exchange for exclusivity, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

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DDoS attack against Whitehouse.gov eyed as a valid protest

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as the U.S. President on Friday, Juan Soberanis intends to protest the event -- digitally -- by going after Whitehouse.gov.

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China clamps down on app stores

China is requiring that all app stores register in the country as part of crackdown on malware and the spread of what it calls “illegal information.”

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5G spectrum squatting case leads to $100M FCC fine

The FCC has fined a company $100 million for allegedly never using some licenses to spectrum that is now considered promising for future 5G networks.

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Trump's push for cyber defense is sorely needed, experts say

President-elect Donald Trump plans to consult "the greatest computer minds” for input on bolstering U.S. hacking defenses, as experts say an overhaul to the country's cybersecurity is badly needed.

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DHS should have a cybersecurity unit, says panel chairman

The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security said his top priority in 2017 will be to push for creation of a cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

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EU wants to regulate WhatsApp and Skype like carriers

The European Commission wants to extend electronic communications privacy legislation to include internet-based communications services such as Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Apple iMessage and Viber.

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France, you do not own the internet

By trying to extend the right to be forgotten beyond its borders, France is interfering with other nations’ sovereignty.

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Families of ISIS victims sue Twitter for being 'weapon for terrorism'

The families of three Americans killed in ISIS terror attacks are suing Twitter for allegedly knowingly providing support for the terrorist group and acting as a "powerful weapon for terrorism."

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Stock-tanking in St. Jude Medical security disclosure might have legs

For better or worse, a security firm’s attempt to cash in on a software bug by shorting a company’s stock and then publicizing the flaw might have pioneered a new approach to vulnerability disclosure.

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Privacy legislation reintroduced for email older than 180 days

A bill has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives that would require law enforcement agencies to get a warrant before they poke around users’ emails and other communications in the cloud that are older than 180 days.

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FTC goes after D-Link for shoddy security in routers, cameras

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on D-Link for selling wireless routers and internet cameras that can easily be hacked, the U.S. regulator claimed on Thursday.

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New GOP H-1B bill appears to fall short of Trump’s goal

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is looking to win support for a controversial H-1B reform bill, but the measure is narrowly tailored.

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A potentially fatal blow against patent trolls

If law firms think they may be forced to pay defendants’ enormous legal bills, it could undermine the entire business model of patent trolls.

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South Korea slaps Qualcomm with $853M fine

A South Korean government agency fined Qualcomm $853 million, alleging the company indulged in business practices that violated the country's competition laws.

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Globalstar gets FCC approval after backing away from Wi-Fi

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved satellite operator Globalstar’s plan for a land-based wireless service using its own spectrum.

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Uber ships self-driving cars to Arizona after San Francisco spat

A day after it was forced to halt self-driving car testing in California, Uber loaded its cars onto trucks on Thursday and shipped them to neighboring Arizona, where it says testing will continue with the support of that state.

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