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Lawmakers push US attorney general for NSA surveillance changes

Modifications proposed by the Obama administration to the U.S. phone records collection program aren't enough, some say.

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China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal

China has given conditional approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business, in return for promises on fair patent licensing.

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear NSA surveillance case

Activist and former US prosecutor Larry Klayman had appealed directly to the Supreme Court, to no avail.

ICANN delays uncorking of wine-related domains

It has put the allocation of .vin and .wine top level domain names on hold over cyber-squatting fears

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FTC Commissioner Wright's calendar heavy on lobbyists, light on consumer groups

The FTC's Joshua Wright has met primarily with representatives of businesses and trade groups during his first 15 months in office

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UK government pays Microsoft £5.5M to extend Windows XP support

The U.K buys 12 months of "breathing space" before support for Windows XP expires.

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State AGs investigating Experian subsidiary's data breach

The breach involved 200 million personal records

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EU votes to abolish throttling Internet bandwidth

The European Parliament has adopted the strictest of three definitions of net neutrality.

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US development agency defends its Cuban 'Twitter' operation

USAID secretly helped set up a mobile phone messaging program, similar to Twitter, to spread democracy in the country.

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Bitcoin crackdown in China halts bank transfers for two exchanges

China's central bank is forcing the closure of banking accounts operated by the exchanges

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US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to 'Net censorship, lawmakers say

Ending the NTIA's formal oversight of ICANN could open the door for other countries, critics say

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Solar flare Wednesday could mean 'radio blackout' for GPS, communications

Radiation emission could hit radios, power lines and satellites, disrupting service.

FCC clears the way for gigabit Wi-Fi

Could gigabit Wi-Fi be around the corner? The FCC opens up more spectrum available for Wi-Fi use.

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Skeptical Supreme Court justices question some software patents

Some justices express skepticism about patents involving a trading platform tied to a computer. At stake: possibly the future of software patents.

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Healthcare.gov experiences maintenance outage on deadline day

Technicians took the site down in order to fix a software bug, but it's a last-minute embarrassment.