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Italy Antitrust Authority fines carriers for premium service abuses

Customers sometimes found they were receiving the services without their full knowledge and explicit consent

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USPTO leader New Year's resolution: improve patent quality

Issuing patents that are undeserving or too broad puts a big burden on businesses

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Friend of Silk Road creator details early days of the site

Richard Bates testified that he helped Ross Ulbricht troubleshoot the site, which later became an online marketplace for illegal products

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Uber in legal hot water again in South Korea

The country's telecom regulator said the ride-sharing company is breaking information protection rules

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EU should oblige Internet firms to hand over encryption keys, says antiterrorist advisor

Law enforcement access to encrypted communications is needed, says the EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

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Huawei's elusive founder tries to dispel spying concerns, and air of mystery

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei gave a rare interview on Thursday

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for January 22

Ford drives into the Valley ... Oracle promises cheaper hardware ... Samsung-Blackberry deal still in play ... and more

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EBay, cutting 7% of workforce, looks to spin-off Enterprise unit

A planned split of eBay's PayPal unit is also due this year

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Prosecutors tighten case against alleged Silk Road mastermind

Anonymous TorChats and a journal highlight the activities of Silk Road operator

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Republican net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

A draft bill from Republicans would limit the FCC's ability to act on future net neutrality violations, witnesses tell lawmakers

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Microsoft reveals Surface Hub, an 84-inch, 4K touchscreen for office collaboration

Perhaps the best feature? Microsoft says it's solved the pain and friction of simply joining a videoconference.

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Many wearable devices won't require FDA regulation

The agency will require registation only of devices that make claims of treating medical conditions

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Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest

This is the first time there is official recognition of the possible illegality of blocking measures, civil rights group EDRi said