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U.S. Senator blasts Microsoft's H-1B push as it lays off 18,000 workers

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scathing attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft.
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Net neutrality becomes a key battleground in encryption fight

Plans to favor some Internet packets over others threaten consumers' hard-won right to use encryption, a digital privacy advocate says.

New York's proposed Bitcoin rules include consumer protections

Companies trading in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies would be required to hold enough of the currencies to cover their debts to customers and would have to verify the identities of account holders as a protection against money laundering, under new regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services [DFS].

EU privacy watchdogs to quiz Google, Microsoft on 'right to be forgotten'

European privacy authorities have invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of a landmark ruling by Europe's top court that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

Senate passes bill allowing mobile phone owners to unlock devices

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would allow mobile phone customers to unlock their devices for the purposes of switching carriers.

House approves permanent ban on Internet access taxes

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to permanently extend a ban on Internet access taxes that Congress has temporarily extended three times over the past 16 years.

FCC swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Web comments form crashed Tuesday morning in the hours before the agency's first deadline for submitting comments on its net neutrality proposal.

Overreliance on the NSA led to weak crypto standard, NIST advisers find

The National Institute of Standards and Technology needs to hire more cryptographers and improve its collaboration with the industry and academia, reducing its reliance on the U.S. National Security Agency for decisions around cryptographic standards.

FCC approves plan to spend $1B a year on school Wi-Fi

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to spend $2 billion over the next two years on improving Wi-Fi networks at schools and libraries, despite questions from Republican commissioners about the source of those funds.

Amazon allowed kids to spend millions on in-app purchases, FTC says

Amazon.com has billed parents for millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children, the FTC said in a complaint filed Thursday in a U.S. court.

Gov't Legislation/Regulation In Depth

US lawmakers introduce bill banning paid prioritization online

A group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would prohibit broadband providers from charging Web content generators for priority traffic management.

Thornton May: The time is now for information governance. But do you even know what it is?

Information governance covers the entire spectrum of information management, but most people have a fuzzy notion of what it is. This must change, because the real value of information can't be fully realized unless it is properly governed.

How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal is brilliant because it takes the U.S. as far away from net neutrality as possible by presenting the killing of net neutrality and making it sound like the opposite.

Ron Miller: Will the FCC stick us in the slow lane?

The Internet community has arisen with one voice to lambaste the FCC chairman's proposal to make the Internet less neutral for some.

Evan Schuman: One law to rule all data breaches -- but let's make it a real law

The White House's big report on big-data privacy has several shortcomings.

The Grill: Rep. William Keating wants cross-sector data sharing

Rep. William Keating (D-Mass.), who sits on the House Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee, is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to be more involved in tackling the cybersecurity problem. Insider (registration required)

Bart Perkins: Pester no more: How to handle the FCC's new rules on robocalls

Businesses must make sure their processes and IT systems adhere to the new regulations.

Gigabit Internet Service Providers Challenge Traditional ISPs

Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner don't think the United States is ready for -- or even needs -- gigabit Internet, but Google Fiber and a host of independent initiatives suggest that they are faster and cheaper.

Jay Cline: U.S. takes the gold in doling out privacy fines

EU privacy regulators say U.S. privacy laws are too weak to protect EU personal data. But a new analysis of 358 privacy-enforcement actions paints the opposite picture.

Ron Miller: Restricting the Internet is a business killer

Turkey might be about to learn how attempts to control the population by limiting the Internet can backfire.