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Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

A U.S. senator will introduce legislation to roll back new court rules allowing judges to give law enforcement agencies the authority to remotely hack computers.

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Lawmakers probe large data breaches at US bank insurance agency

The personal banking information of about 160,000 U.S. residents walked out the door of the federal government's bank insurance agency on removable media of employees departing in recent months.

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The US Defense Department is expanding its efforts with tech startups

The Department of Defense is expanding its effort to work with tech startups, bringing on executives from top technology companies to work at its Silicon Valley lab and planning a new office to tap into the research taking place in the Boston area.

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Privacy advocates want protections for US residents in foreign surveillance law

The U.S. Congress should limit the ability of the FBI to search for information about the nation's residents in a database of foreign terrorism communications collected by the National Security Agency, some privacy advocates say.

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Microsoft shutting down its MSN portal in China

Microsoft is shutting down its MSN portal in China from June 7, as pressure appears to be building up on content services from foreign companies in a country that already bans access to Facebook and Twitter.

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

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Maps of Google and other services could require security clearance in India

New rules proposed by the Indian government would require companies like Google and other mapping services to submit their maps for security clearance before distributing them online or offline.

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Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues

U.S. presidential candidates should embrace encryption and narrow government access to Internet users' data as part of a comprehensive technology agenda, 13 IT trade groups recommended.

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Ads mislead over broadband Internet access pricing, regulator warns

Pricing in ads for broadband Internet access is too often misleading and needs tighter regulation.

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Should you pay sales tax on Internet purchases? South Dakota law could be the test

A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases.

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

It's no secret that quantum computers could render many of today's encryption methods useless, and now the National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the public to help it head off that threat.

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Amazon.com shows European Commission one way to eliminate geoblocking in e-commerce

With its latest distribution initiative, Amazon.com might achieve what the European Commission has struggled with for years: the creation of a borderless online marketplace where the price of goods and the cost of shipping them is the same for all European Union citizens.

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Microsoft's CEO explains why his company sued the U.S. government

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained in an interview that Microsoft is fighting what it sees as government overreach in the realm of digital privacy because he thinks that the U.S. can be a beacon to other countries.

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A judge has partially dismissed Twitter's surveillance case against the government

A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.

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FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G

Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of 'beach front' wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.