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Republican lawmakers question FCC budget after net neutrality vote

Republican lawmakers questioned the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new budget request Wednesday, with a few of them attempting to tie the agency's funding to its controversial net neutrality vote days ago.

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One year later, we're no closer to finding MtGox's missing millions

Few people marked the recent anniversary of one of the biggest catastrophes to hit bitcoin -- the day MtGox went bust.

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Best business-class tablets for the front office and factory floor

We review Lenovo ThinkPad, Gammatech Durabook, Arbor Gladius, Adlink IMT and E FUN Nextbook.

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China says its new cybersurveillance proposal mimics U.S. practices

A proposed Chinese law would require tech companies to give encryption keys to authorities and create "back doors" into their systems for government surveillance access.

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China defends cybersecurity demands, amid complaints from U.S.

President Obama is unhappy with new rules from China that would require U.S. tech companies to abide by strict cybersecurity measures, but on Tuesday the country was quick to defend the proposed regulations.

NSA authority to collect bulk phone data extended to June 1

A U.S. secret court has extended until June 1 the bulk collection of private phone records of Americans by the National Security Agency.

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Battle over mobile payments is raging

Mobile in-store payments could grow dramatically in the U.S. as a result of a battle brewing among tech giants Google, Samsung and Apple.

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How to export Apple Health data as a document to share

When it comes to exporting data, Apple's Health app doesn’t work. Here's the best solution for making a spreadsheet of your health-related data you can share with others.

How hard can it be?

After three decades as a IT consultant, this pilot leaves his long-time employer to start his own company -- and discovers just what kind of client behavior he's been shielded from for all those years.

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Box woos financial services firms with a tailored cloud offering

It was just about two weeks ago that Box set out to remove a major barrier to the cloud for security-minded organizations with its Encryption Key Management capability. Now, it's taken that focus a step further with a full-fledged...

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Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Super-secret-squirrel rumor-mongers say HP is buying Aruba Networks, a leading Wi-Fi infrastructure outfit. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get connected...

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FCC net-neutrality vote is GO, as GOP gives up (but beware friendly-fire)

Things are looking up for FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's net-neutrality proposal. Democracy FTW! But there may be a last-minute, dramatic insect in the topical medicine...

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Anthem now says 78.8M were affected by breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to a more finely tuned estimate by the health insurance company, which is still investigating.

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NASA delays spacewalk for added suit check

NASA postponed a spacewalk on the International Space Station that had been slated for today because astronauts needed time to conduct further checks on the suits that will be used.

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In six months, the White House has replaced its top IT leaders

The White House may be trying to improve its IT operations by aligning itself more with Silicon Valley thinking.

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Samsung looks to LoopPay for mobile pay foothold

Samsung is expected to unveil its newly-acquired LoopPay mobile magnetic payment technology inside the Galaxy S6 smartphone, a move aimed at keeping Samsung relevant in mobile payments.

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Google worried US could use amended warrant rule to search computers abroad

Google has opposed moves by the U.S. Department of Justice to extend the warrant-issuing authority of magistrate judges to searches of computers in districts other than their own.

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White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

What's a CDSaDCTODT? Dhanurjay 'DJ' Patil is now the U.S. (deep breath) Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say it four times fast...

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