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AT&T to pay $18.2B as top bidder in mobile spectrum auction

AT&T spent nearly $18.2 billion on wireless spectrum licenses in a blockbuster mobile-auction spectrum for licenses across the U.S.

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FCC redefines 'broadband' -- to HOWLS of rage from ISPs and GOP

Wow, is Tom Wheeler serious about promoting competition? Looks like it. Cue: much wailing and gnashing of teeth from cable and fiber ISPs (and Republicans). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers feel the need -- the need for speed...

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Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

Reddit today went public with its first "transparency report,” telling users of its news and social networking site that it frequently turns down formal subpoenas and legal requests for information in users.

FTC targets operator of revenge-porn site

Federal regulators are clamping down on a website whose operator allegedly deceived women into sending intimate photos of themselves and then charged them to have the images removed.

FBI consultant: Silk Road founder had $16-18M worth of bitcoins on laptop

Ross Ulbricht, accused of masterminding the Silk Road underground online marketplace, had between $16 million and $18 million worth of bitcoins on the laptop he was using when he was arrested.

FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25Mbps, but GOP members balk

The FCC has redefined advanced broadband as having 25Mbps download speeds, up from 4Mbps, allowing the agency to pass rules that would encourage deployment in the U.S.

Feds target mobile operator for deceptive data promises

TracFone Wireless has agreed to refund $40 million to customers to settle charges that it throttled bandwidth or cut off data connections, despite promising "unlimited" data service.

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Cyberthreat sharing should include privacy protections, advocates say

U.S. lawmakers are being urged to put strict privacy controls in legislation that would encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other.

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EU air passenger database about to take flight, but critics want it grounded

The European Commission is reportedly revving up the engines on a controversial plan to retain passenger flight data across the EU, although a prior attempt got its wings clipped due to privacy concerns.

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Old arguments may hinder U.S. data breach notification efforts

A drive in Congress to require companies with data breaches to notify affected customers may get bogged down in old arguments.

FTC wants IoT vendors to safeguard privacy

The FTC wants companies developing Internet-of-Things products should adopt best practices to protect the privacy and security of consumers.

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Mass surveillance seen as a danger to fundamental human rights

Mass Internet surveillance endangers fundamental human rights and has not helped to prevent terrorist attacks, a European human rights body concluded.

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DEA cameras track hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

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Drone flights near White House test local restrictions

The quadcopter drone that crashed on the White House lawn early Monday was a recreation drone, among the same type that are flown on the National Mall across the street from the president's home.

States threaten lawsuit over Obama's municipal broadband plan

If the FCC moves to preempt state laws limiting municipal broadband projects, something President Barack Obama wants the agency to do, it will likely end up in court.

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AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico assets for $1.9B

AT&T has agreed to acquire mobile carrier Nextel Mexico for $1.9 billion from parent company NII Holdings, in an effort by AT&T to win a larger slice of the Mexican mobile market.

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Coinbase set to launch licensed Bitcoin exchange in the US

Bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase will launch the first U.S. licensed exchange for the digital currency on Monday, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The Senate's two top Republican critics of temporary worker immigration, specifically the H-1B and L-1 visas, now hold the two most important immigration posts in the Senate.

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