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Fears about ICANN transition are overstated, US agency chief says

Concerns that the U.S. government's plan to end its oversight of the internet's domain name coordinating body would lead to new web censorship efforts are unfounded because of the current contract's limited scope, a U.S. official said.

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Internet naming system not U.S. property, says congressional watchdog

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has said that the internet domain name system is unlikely to be government property.

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European Union plans to offer free Wi-Fi to all

Free Wi-Fi for all: That was one of the proposals to come out of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's annual State of the European Union address on Wednesday.

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Tech companies want ICANN transition to happen as planned

The U.S. government's plan to end its oversight of the internet's domain name system should move forward as promised, despite last-minute efforts by some Republican lawmakers to derail the process, a coalition of tech companies and trade groups said.

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Canada recalls Galaxy Note7, says over 70 overheating cases reported in the US

Canada has recalled over 21,900 Galaxy Note7 smartphones after receiving a report of the overheating of the battery of one phone.

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US consumer product safety agency warns against use of Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Electronics’ woes mounted Friday with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urging consumers to power down and stop charging or using their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after reports of the overheating and bursting of the battery in the device in some cases.

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Crafty malware is found targeting U.S. government employees

A tough-to-detect malware that attacks government and corporate computers has been upgraded, making it more aggressive in its mission to steal sensitive files, according to security firm InfoArmor.

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US lawmakers make last-ditch bid to block internet governance transfer

Republican lawmakers are making a last-ditch bid to thwart the proposed transfer by the U.S. of internet governance to a multistakeholder body, by calling on the government to reconsider its plans to put the transition into effect by month end.

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FAA advises against using or charging Galaxy Note 7 phones on planes

The Federal Aviation Administration has advised passengers not to turn on or charge their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board aircraft, following reports of exploding batteries in the device made by Samsung Electronics.

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Ireland to Europe: No, Apple doesn't owe us

Ireland will join Apple in appealing the European Commission’s finding that Apple owes the country more than US$14 billion in back taxes.

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U.S. must beef up its cyber muscle, Trump says

The U.S. Department of Defense must pump up its cyber capabilities as part of a huge planned expansion of the military, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday.

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OPM hack was avoidable, says congressional report

The compromise last year of the personal information of current and former federal employees was entirely preventable, if the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that was attacked had taken the right measures on knowing it was targeted, according to a report set to be released Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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U.S. investigates Russia for attempting to hack the election

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating whether Russia has launched a broad covert operation to disrupt the U.S. elections in November, according to a news report.

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Obama aims to avoid a ‘cycle of escalation’ in cyberattacks by countries

U.S. President Barack Obama said his country has had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia and other countries in the past, but aims to establish some norms of behavior rather than let the issue escalate as happened in arms races in the past.

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Google, Apple, Twitter in large group backing Microsoft over ‘gag orders’

Many civil rights groups, trade bodies and companies, including Google, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Apple and Twitter, have filed briefs in a federal court to back Microsoft’s move to prevent the indiscriminate use of gag orders accompanying government requests for data.