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Estonian electronic voting system vulnerable to attacks, researchers say

International research team finds insecure operational procedures and fundamental weaknesses in Estonian Internet voting system

FCC may tweak net neutrality proposal after criticism, but still wants paid-for 'fast lanes'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn't backing off his paid prioritization proposal, but he is making it clearer that slow and fast lanes are non-starters.

U.S. Capitol

Senators take issue with FCC's net neutrality proposal

A group of ten US Senators urge the FCC to drop the idea of a paid Internet "fast lane."

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Smithsonian art collection coming soon to an app near you

The Smithsonian American Art Museum opens up its digitized collection for use in third-party apps.

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Department of Justice wants expanded permission to hack and search remote computers

The agency asks that judges be allowed to issue warrants to search computers outside their judicial districts

Bitcoin and other currency

You can donate Bitcoins to politicians now

The US Federal Election Commission has approved a request from a political action committee to accept bitcoin donations worth up to $100

PCWorld News

In net neutrality dispute, investors come out in support of small companies

The investors have written to the US FCC saying startups would be hurt by charges for preferential access

On second thought, California Senate backs kill-switch bill

After failing to pass a bill mandating kill-switch technology for every smartphone sold in California, the state's Senate OK'd the proposal Thursday.

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Snapchat settles with FTC over disappearing messages, security breach

Snapchat has agreed to put together a comprehensive privacy program subject to independent monitoring for the next 20 years after a scolding from the regulatory agency.

Second House committee approves bill to end NSA bulk collection

The House Intelligence Committee scraps its own bill in favor of one that privacy advocates say is stronger.

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Comcast deal gives it market power on Internet backbone, critic says

A Cogent executive tells lawmakers Comcast is already using its size to extract payments from Netflix.

Cybersecurity

FCC commissioner calls for delay in net neutrality vote

Rosenworcel joins fellow Democrats in raising concerns about the FCC proposal

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Bitcoin lacks 'credibility and trust,' U.S. SEC says

The U.S. SEC warns of frauds and scams involving the virtual currency

Google, Amazon and other online giants warn FCC on net neutrality

Weaker net neutrality rules will pose a 'grave threat' to the Internet, major tech firms say.

House votes to outlaw NSA's bulk collection of phone records

The USA Freedom Act would require the agency to get court approval to collect records on a case-by-case basis.