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The FCC's net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know

The FCC voted in favor of net neutrality on Thursday, but what does it all mean?

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GOP strikes back: Republican bill would overturn FCC municipal broadband decision

The new legislation would prevent the agency from moving forward with its decision to preempt state laws restricting city broadband.

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FCC overturns state laws limiting municipal broadband

Republican commissioners say the agency's action will likely be overturned by U.S. courts.

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Samsung's Smart TV 'surveillance' prompts FTC complaint

US Senator Al Franken started probing this month into the voice recognition technologies of Samsung and LG TVs

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Uber will add panic button to its app in India

The new Panic button will let riders quickly summon the police if they're in distress.

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FCC redefines advanced broadband as 25 Mbps; Republicans blow a gasket

The agency's higher speed definition allows it to take new actions to encouarge deployment. But Republicans on the commission went a little nuts.

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Court decision puts Uber on hold in Nevada (for a couple weeks, anyway)

A district court judge in Carson City prevented the popular ridesharing company from operating in the state until at least November 7.

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Senator wants anonymous app Whisper to explain how it tracks users, shares their data

Reports saying the supposedly anonymous social media app is sharing user information leads to questions from Senator Rockefeller.

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China blocks Instagram, 'tear gas' searches amid Hong Kong protests

Chinese websites including Baidu and Sina Weibo are blocking searches for "tear gas"

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Apple Watch's privacy details under scrutiny by Connecticut attorney general

Attorney General George Jepsen is particularly concerned about the protection of health information collected by the new wearable device

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Internet Slowdown Day by the numbers: The people spoke about Net Neutrality

More than half a million new comments are on their way to the FCC, lobbying against the regulatory body's Open Internet guidelines.

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In the future, your cars will be able to talk their way out of trouble

Or, they'll be able to if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way. The federal agency is touting vehicle-to-vehicle communication, in which cars will be able to alert each other to any dangerous conditions on the road ahead.

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Beware of Bitcoin, US consumer agency warns

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has posted a bulletin warning of the risks associated with the virtual currency, including exposure to hackers and scammers. Bitcoin advocates say it paints an incomplete picture.

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FCC requires text-to-911 from carriers, apps

The commission votes to require mobile carriers and texting apps to adopt text-to-911 functionality