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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.

Bitcoin and other currency

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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China tightens Internet control, blocks VPN services

China is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship.

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Obama, in India, will get earful about the H-1B visa

President Barack Obama can expect to hear a lot about the H-1B visa when he arrives Sunday in India for a three-day visit.

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U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market

The International Trade Commission has voted to uphold findings that the two countries intentionally saturated the market with cheap photovoltaic cells, undercutting competition and driving prices down.

Republicans want FCC to release net neutrality proposal before vote

Three top Republican lawmakers called on the chairman of the FCC to release his proposed net neutrality rules publicly before the commission votes late next Friday

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Winklevoss twins plan regulated Bitcoin exchange

The most famous twins in social media and cryptocurrency want to launch a regulated Bitcoin exchange -- named Gemini, of course.

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No need to boost H-1Bs, says GOP Senate immigration head... Wait. WHAT?

What bizarre, parallel universe is this? Jeff Sessions is now the chair of the Senate subcommittee on Immigration. But he doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye with his Republican colleagues about tech-worker H-1B visas. In IT Blogwatch,...

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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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BlackBerry wants to require app developers to make apps for its platform

BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants net neutrality to extend to content and applications, so that developers of apps for Android and iOS will have to develop on the BlackBerry platform.

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