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Senate blocks NSA surveillance reform bill

The U.S. Senate voted early Saturday to block the USA Freedom Act, legislation that aimed to put an end to the bulk collection of telephone records by the NSA.

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Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate was deadlocked Friday over whether to extend authorization for the National Security Agency's massive collection of domestic telephone records, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisting the program should continue...

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Senators stall efforts to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Four U.S. senators ground the chamber's business to a halt Wednesday in an effort to prevent lawmakers from voting on a bill to extend portions of the Patriot Act.

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Third-party risk management -- not just papering the file

Virtually every business depends to some degree on third parties for supporting products and services, and many of these products or services are critical to the business's operation. Review and oversight of these parties is mandated...

Feds slap PayPal with $25M fine over credit service

The nation's financial consumer protection watchdog has ordered PayPal to cough up US$25 million in fines for deceptive practices around the company's credit service, which included signing up customers for the service without their...

6 China residents charged with stealing US mobile phone technology

Six residents of China face economic espionage and theft of trade secret charges for allegedly funneling radio frequency technologies used in mobile devices from U.S. companies to a university controlled by the Chinese government.

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Apple, Google urge Obama to reject encryption back doors

Apple and Google are appealing to President Obama to reject proposals to allow encryption "back doors" in mobile devices.

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Samsung won't have to pay $930M to Apple in patent case

Samsung will not have to pay all of the $930 million in damages Apple was awarded in 2012 in a patent fight between the two smartphone makers.

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Alibaba faces lawsuit from luxury brands over counterfeits

Alibaba Group has been hit with a lawsuit from luxury brands alleging that the Chinese e-commerce giant deliberately promoted the sale of counterfeit products.

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FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack customer data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on the contentious issue of the proposed sale of consumer data by bankrupt retailer RadioShack, recommending that a model be adopted based on a settlement the agency reached with a...


Critics blast NSA phone records bill as 'fake reform'

A lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week to rein in the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records dragnet won muted praise, with many supporters calling on Congress to take stronger action.

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House votes to rein in NSA phone records collection

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records, while allowing the agency to continue more targeted surveillance.

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Apple, A123 near settlement over poached battery engineers

The two companies face a May 27 deadline on a motion to move the case, but a settlement is near, say court documents.

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Europe’s war against U.S. tech is wrongheaded

The European tech sector won’t catch up to the U.S. by having bureaucrats fight its battles.

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Law firm challenges net neutrality rules as too weak

The FCC faces a novel challenge to its recent net neutrality rules: a communications law firm is arguing the regulations aren't strong enough.


Sen. Warner seeks DOT research to combat rogue drones

Virginia Democrat Mark Warner wants the U.S. Department of Transportation to research ways to protect sensitive areas from rogue drones.

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FCC refuses to delay net neutrality rules

The FCC has denied the requests of several broadband providers and trade groups asking that the agency delay its net neutrality rules.

U.S. man pleads no contest to running revenge porn site

Casey Meyering, the operator of a so-called revenge porn website, pleaded no contest to criminal charges, including extortion, in a California court.

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