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10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch

The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about?

Facial recognition proposal lacks privacy protections, advocate says

A trade group's recommendations for best privacy practices run counter to US values, an ACLU lawyer says

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Microsoft's general counsel calls on Congress to do more to protect users' private data

Lamwakers need to address consumer privacy for data held by companies and for data gathered by spy agencies, he says

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China sets out to become global leader in chip manufacturing

China wants to encourage more investment in its local chip-making industry

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US FAA outlines restrictions for model aircraft in wake of reckless use

The rules apply to small drones used for non-commercial purposes

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Hadoop analysis now tackling IoT to improve transit

A new consultancy crunches data from different sources for insights into agencies' operations

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Oracle says Oregon governor spiked Obamacare site for political reasons

Oregon and Oracle are likely headed to a battle in court over Cover Oregon

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U.S. NSA granted extension to collect bulk phone data

The FISC court granted the extension pending new legislation blocking bulk collection

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FCC proposes $1 billion per year for Wi-Fi in schools

The plan would also aim to prevent fraud in the E-Rate Internet funding program.

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U.S. senators introduce bill to expand Wi-Fi spectrum for cars

The legislation directs the FCC to study whether to open up spectrum now designed for intelligent car communications.

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Republicans call on FCC to leave net neutrality to antitrust agencies

Republican lawmakers promote antitrust as an alternative as a way to derail the FCC's efforts

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House approves effort to limit NSA searches of U.S. data

The amendment to a defense spending bill would end a 'backdoor loophole' allowing warrantless searches

China cuts access to Dropbox

The move follows the country's blocking of Google services in late May

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Phone maker ZTE takes antitrust angle in European patent fight

ZTE says Vringo won't license standards-essential patents on fair terms

Internet traffic congestion real, but sporadic, study says

In some cases, congestion has lasted for months at a time or for most of a day, the study says.