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Europe embraces common charger rules to end mobile compatibility nightmare

New rules for radio devices are also approved.

Cybersecurity

In potential conflict with FISA court, California court wants NSA phone records kept

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last week disallowed retention of phone records beyond five years

Cybersecurity

Secret court denies NSA request to store phone records beyond 5 years

The government had said the data may be required as evidence for privacy civil suits filed by various groups

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Ruling on model plane raises questions on regulation of drones

An administrative law judge ruled that policy statements are not binding on the general public

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Apple again denied permanent US sales ban against Samsung products

Apple failed to provide enough evidence to warrant an injunction, so a judge ruled that legal damages should be sufficient.

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'Free' apps may be violating EU consumer protection laws

EU authorities are expressing concern about 'in-app' purchases, and whether they're truly free.

Cybersecurity

U.S. wants to store bulk metadata longer for defense in metadata privacy lawsuits

The government says it needs to hold the data because of various lawsuits challenging its collection

U.S. House passes bill to allow mobile phone unlocking, but details worry advocates

Because yes, it's 2013 and still illegal to unlock your cell phone without your carrier's permission.

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Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange's epic fall from grace draws government attention

Tokyo is trying to grasp the facts surrounding the bitcoin exchange, which has been shut down.

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Mediation fails to bridge Apple and Samsung's patent divide

A full day of talks attended by the CEOs of both companies didn't bring agreement that would stop a March jury trial