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US agency lines up broad support for ICANN transition

A U.S. agency has lined up broad support for its plan to end the government's oversight of the Internet's domain name system, despite opposition from some Republicans in Congress.

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Transfer by US of Internet oversight could face new hurdles

U.S. plans to transfer the oversight of key technical Internet functions to an international multi-stakeholder model have run into hurdles, with two bills introduced on Wednesday that would require the government to first take the approval of Congress for the transition.

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Emergency responders might share their LTE network with the rest of us

The national LTE network for public safety that’s planned for the U.S. might also boost cellphone performance with a network-sharing system proposed by a startup.

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, rights groups oppose FBI expansion of surveillance powers

Google, Facebook and Yahoo and industry and civil rights groups have opposed legislation that would extend the categories of Internet records that the U.S. government can collect without court approval through administrative subpoenas known as National Security Letters.

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EU and US officials sign 'umbrella' data protection agreement, but it's no Privacy Shield

The European Commission has signed a landmark agreement with the U.S. in its quest to legitimize the transatlantic flow of European Union citizens' personal information.

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Espionage cited as the US Federal Reserve reports 50-plus breaches from 2011 to 2015

The U.S. Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, detected more than 50 cybersecurity breaches between 2011 and 2015, including a handful attributed to espionage.

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Iran orders messaging apps to store data of local users in the country

Iran has ordered messaging apps to transfer data and activity records of Iranian users to local servers within one year, a move that will give the country a greater ability to monitor and censor the online activity of its people.

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Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds may be dead

A proposal in the U.S. Senate to require smartphone OS developers and other tech vendors to break their own encryption at the request of law enforcement may be dead on arrival.

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Senators want warrant protections for US email stored overseas

A new bill in Congress would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain court-ordered warrants before demanding the emails of the country's residents when they are stored overseas.

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U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

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US state officials worry about their ability to respond to cyberattacks

Many U.S. states aren't confident in their ability to respond to cyberattacks on physical infrastructure such as water and electric systems, some emergency response officials said.

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French tax police raid Google’s Paris office

French police have raided Google's Paris office as part of an investigation into the company's tax affairs.

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This top-secret plane has been in space for a year, and we don't know why

It has now been a year since the U.S. Airforce launched the mysterious X-37B into space, leaving many to wonder why it’s there.

Only the government knows what this top-secret Shuttle look-a-like is doing

It's been a year since the Air Force launched the secret X-37B. There are many theories about why it's up there, but the government isn't saying much.

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5 things Apple's Tim Cook needs to do on his trip to India

Apple's CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company's revenue has grown but its market share is still very small because of price-sensitive consumers. Here are 5 things Cook will be aiming for in India, which it sees as a potentially high growth market.

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U.S. says proposed Chinese regulations may fragment the Internet

The U.S. has warned of fragmentation of the Internet if China goes ahead with proposed rules that would require compulsory registration of Internet domain names in China with government-licensed providers.