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Tech industry desperate for US action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal supported by many U.S. tech companies, is on death row, with both major party presidential candidates opposed.

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5 things to know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The U.S. presidential campaign has shined a spotlight on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal that’s simmered on the back burner for years.

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NSA hacked? Top cyber weapons allegedly go up for auction

An anonymous group claims to have stolen hacking tools that might belong to the NSA and is auctioning them off to the highest bidder.

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Clinton's economic plan has little tech, Trump's has none

Tech issues went largely ignored when U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton laid out their economics plans in speeches this week.

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Russia slaps Google with a $6.8 million Android antitrust fine

Russia has fined Google US$6.8 million for preloading some of its own apps on Android smartphones in violation of the country's antitrust laws.

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New Internet assigned number authority org set up amid internet handover controversy

A new organization that will perform key internet domain name system functions has been formed, suggesting that a proposed transition to a global governance model could be completed this year despite opposition from some U.S. lawmakers and advocacy groups.

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Pakistan cybercrime law scares by its vagueness

Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a cybercrime bill that provides for censorship of the internet and could also be misused by the vagueness of some of its definitions.

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Ecuador says Swedes will question Assange at its UK embassy

Ecuador has granted a request from Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London, where he has been holed up for over four years.

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City-funded broadband just lost a big fight in court

Some city-funded broadband networks may be in trouble after a U.S. appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibited states from restricting those projects.

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White House software code sharing policy gains steam

The White House has released its Federal Source Code policy that promotes reuse of new source code developed by government agencies across the federal government.

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The US Marines are testing a pocket-sized helicopter drone

The U.S. Marine Corps is testing a pocket-sized drone that can deliver live video feeds from three cameras and is small enough that it's almost invisible from the ground.

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AT&T fined after suspected drug traffickers slip charges into phone bills

AT&T will pay a US$7.75 million fine for allowing suspected illegal drug operations to add millions of dollars of bogus directory assistance charges to its customers' land-line telephone bills, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said.

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UK government hit with new complaint about hacking abroad

A group of privacy advocates and internet providers has filed a new challenge to the UK government's use of bulk hacking abroad.

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Google's parent company will begin testing delivery drones in the US

Google parent company Alphabet will begin testing a drone delivery service at a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration site in an effort to overcome any hurdles, the White House says.

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Internet provider-backed groups appeal net neutrality court defeat

Trade groups representing many U.S. ISPs have filed an appeal challenging a court ruling that upheld the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.