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Tech industry likes Obama nominee for patent office

Tech groups praise the nomination of former Googler Michelle Lee to fill a post empty for a year and a half

Chipmaker AMD will cut staff by 7 percent

AMD's layoff news comes just a week after Lisa Su took over as CEO.

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Mobile device and date use skyrockets, US gov't survey says

US residents are increasingly using mobile phones for downloading, email and other apps, the NTIA says

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says.

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European Commission takes Belgium, Luxembourg to court over telecom regulators

Issues involve competition in telecom sector

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China's chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

TSMC is hoping it has more to gain than lose from China's investments into its local semiconductor industry

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Oracle sued over employee no-poaching agreement with Google

The former Oracle employee charges the company with restraining competition

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FBI warns of cyberattacks linked to China

The FBI and security companies have observed 'recent intrusions'

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EU bodies should accept new e-signatures in all transactions, says Kroes

Accepting digitally signed bids for all public procurement projects could save the EU billions of euros, according to Neelie Kroes

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CTIA: Mobile carriers still need lighter net neutrality rules

The FCC shouldn't hold mobile broadband providers to the same regulations as wired providers, the CTIA chief says

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Intel preps new technology to secure credit card transactions

Intel's Data Protection Technology for Transactions works with Apple Pay

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Qualcomm to buy Bluetooth and GPS chip designer CSR for $2.5B

Qualcomm's bid trumped a bid from Microchip

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NEC wearable measures blood pressure with less squeeze

Smartphone-linked prototype can be worn under clothing