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FBI expansion of surveillance powers meets obstacle

A move in the Senate to provide enhanced surveillance powers to the FBI through the use of National Security Letters met a hurdle Monday after Senator Ron Wyden placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization bill over the controversial provisions.

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EU is preparing AdWords antitrust complaint against Google

Google may soon be the target of a third set of charges from Europe's top antitrust authority, this time concerning the advertising services that generate the majority of its revenue.

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United States, EU reportedly reach data-transfer deal

The U.S. and the European Union have reached an agreement on the language of a key data transfer pact, including limits on U.S. surveillance, according to a news report.

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Why the UK's vote to leave the EU will have little effect on its data protection rules

U.K. businesses hoping for more relaxed data protection rules in the wake of the referendum vote will have to wait -- perhaps for a very long while.

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DARPA is looking to make huge strides in machine learning

The Defense Department's research and development arm wants to put computers to work in the complex task of creating models for machine learning.

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Democrats' gun control sit-in moves to Periscope after TV feed is cut

Representatives took to Twitter and Periscope on Wednesday to evade a TV blackout of a sit-in held to push forward new gun legislation.


Mobile advertiser tracked users' locations, without their consent, FTC alleges

The privacy settings on your phone don’t mean much if tech companies choose to ignore them. One major mobile advertiser allegedly did just that.

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Think tanks mull Geneva Convention for cybercrime

A Geneva Convention on cyberwar: That's how a panel of experts proposes to deal with the growing threat to critical infrastructure posed by the possibility of cyberattack.

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New FAA rules mean you won't get Amazon drone delivery anytime soon

The Federal Aviation Administration has published long-awaited rules that loosen restrictions on commercial use of drones but don't go as far as allowing drone delivery services like that proposed by Amazon.

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Tech groups say FBI shouldn't be allowed to do mass hacking

Congress should block proposed changes to rules governing U.S. law enforcement investigations that could give law enforcement agencies new authority to hack thousands of computers, several tech and advocacy groups said.

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The FCC is about to take a big step to superfast 5G networks

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will move to open up high-frequency spectrum to not-yet-available 5G mobile services in an effort to bring the superfast wireless connections to U.S. consumers.

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E-book buyers will soon get settlement payments from Apple price-fixing case

Some buyers of e-books will begin to receive payments Tuesday as part of a settlement in a price-fixing case against Apple.

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Apple may finally get clearance for stores in India

Apple may finally get clearance to set up its stores in India, following the Indian government’s decision Monday to liberalize rules requiring local sourcing of part of the products sold in foreign-owned stores.

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The fight over a new Wi-Fi channel is coming to a head

Satellite operator Globalstar’s plan to open a new Wi-Fi channel under its control is nearing the moment of truth after years of regulatory wrangling.


Surveillance reform measure blocked in the wake of Orlando killings

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down an anti-surveillance amendment after some of its members expressed concern about its impact on the fight against terrorism, in the wake of Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.