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The IRS wants to ID every US Coinbase user from 2013 to 2015

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has asked a court in California to order Coinbase, a Bitcoin exchange, to hand over the identities of active U.S. users of its service from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2015.

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With CIA choice, Trump picks a foe of Silicon Valley's encryption stance

In his nomination of Congressman Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, President-elect Donald Trump has picked someone who has supported NSA surveillance programs and been critical of Silicon Valley's stance on encryption.

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US lawmakers introduce bill to delay enhanced government hacking powers

U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation to delay the coming into force on Dec. 1 of a rule change that aims to expand the government's ability to search computers and other digital devices across many jurisdictions with a single warrant.

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Without tech industry guidance, U.S. may resort to weakening encryption

Apple may have refused to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, but the tech industry is still better off working with the U.S. government on encryption issues than ducking away, according to a former official with the Obama administration.

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Republicans kill FCC plan to cap prices for business data lines

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission plan to cap, and in some cases cut, prices charged for widely used business data lines is probably dead after Republicans in Congress pressured the agency to drop a scheduled vote.

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US lawmakers balk at call for IoT security regulations

The U.S. government needs to pass regulations mandating internet of things security measures before device vulnerabilities start killing people, one security expert told lawmakers.

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Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn’t tilt the elections

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described as “crazy” the criticism that fake news on its news feed to users had tilted the vote in the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

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Facebook vows again to fight fake news post election

Here's how two of the world's largest social networks are thinking about their roles as purveyors of news following Donald Trump's election.

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That private network on the Wi-Fi band? Won't happen

Satellite service provider Globalstar has dropped its controversial plan to launch a wireless network in the U.S. in part of an unlicensed band that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use.

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Suspected Russian hackers target U.S. think tanks after election

Hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, a suspected Russian cyberespionage team was blamed for targeting several U.S. think tanks with phishing emails designed to fool victims into installing malware.

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Tech groups push policy priorities for the Trump administration

Technology trade groups are already pushing out their policy priorities for President-elect Donald Trump's administration, even though his campaign rarely touched on IT issues.

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European Parliament clears drone regulations for takeoff

Regulations to protect people from falling drones moved a little closer to takeoff at the European Parliament on Thursday.

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Worries and uncertainty cloud outlook for digital privacy under President Trump

When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, he’ll inherit a powerful U.S. surveillance apparatus, including the National Security Agency, that’s already been accused of trampling over privacy rights.

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President Trump: An uncertain future for tech industry, digital rights

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's vision for the country's economy-driving technology industry is largely a blank canvas, and when he's dipped his toe into tech issues, he's made people nervous.

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Is Trump's unexpected victory a failure for big data? Not really

The failed predictions in the U.S. presidential race could cast doubts on some hot technology sectors, including big data and customer relationship management.