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U.S. House approves permanent ban on Internet access taxes

The legislation would permanently extend a ban that's been in place since 1998.

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Overreliance on the NSA led to weak crypto standard, NIST advisers find

NIST needs to improve its cryptographic expertise in order to challenge advice received from the NSA when developing standards, report says

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Cloud computing services could be subject to extra data protection checks in Europe

More data protection controls loom for cloud providers in the EU

Internet giants press for net neutrality in FCC filing

Strong net neutrality rules should keep the Internet open, dynamic and spontaneous for all, the companies said.

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U.S. DARPA researchers announce the self-guided bullet

DARPA's .50 caliber bullets should help snipers remain undetected as they shoot at a target more than a mile away.

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FCC approves plan to spend $1B a year on school Wi-Fi

Republican commissioners continue to question where the money will come from

World Tech Update, July 11, 2014

Coming up on WTU this week, new TSA rules for electronic devices on flights to the U.S., controversial cybersecurity bill clears Senate intelligence panel and an activity tracker for dogs is put to the test.

Senate committee approves mobile phone unlocking bill

The legislation would overturn a Library of Congress decision to remove legal protections for unlocking

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Germany asks US intelligence chief in country to leave over spying affair

Mutual trust and openness are needed in order to work together, the German government said

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EU questions Facebook competitors over WhatsApp deal

The European Commission sent questionnaires to companies, probing potential effects of the acquisition

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US lawmaker asks FTC to probe implications of Facebook 'big data' experiment

Senator Mark R. Warner wants to know what oversight, if any, would be appropriate for studies conducted by social media platforms.

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Groups call for details on NSA surveillance of Muslim Americans

Civil rights and privacy groups question the alleged email surveillance after a news report.

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Report: Snowden applies for extended asylum in Russia

The Russian approval for the NSA leaker to stay in the country expires at the end of July.

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US Senate Intelligence Committee approves cybersecurity bill

The bill has been criticized by civil liberties and privacy groups because of its potential privacy implications

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Commissioners rip FCC's spendy school Wi-Fi plan

Republican members of the FCC question where $5 billion for schools and libraries will come from.

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US open to discussion about German accused of being a double agent

A German intelligence employee is accused of passing information to a US contact