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US House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Monday the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months.

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TV maker Vizio pays $2.2M to settle complaint that it spied on users

Popular smart TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle complaints that it violated customers' privacy by continuously monitoring their viewing habits without their knowledge.

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FCC takes first step toward over-the-air 4K broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step towards the eventual roll-out of over-the-air terrestrial 4K television broadcasting in the United States.

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Net neutrality policy still up in the air under Trump

During his campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump called the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules a "top-down power grab," leading many observers to expect a quick repeal.

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Trump names net neutrality foe Ajit Pai to lead the FCC

President Donald Trump has named Commissioner Ajit Pai, an outspoken opponent of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, as the next head of the agency.

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China plugs its 'Great Firewall,' going after unauthorized VPN access from local ISPs

China is patching a hole in its online censorship apparatus. The country’s regulators are going after unauthorized internet connections, including tools known as VPNs (virtual private networks) that can bypass China’s efforts to control the web.

These 3-D printed, swarm drones are a surveillance tool for the DOD

The Department of Defense is testing Perdix, autonomous micro-drones capable of collective decision-making and adaptive formation flying.

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Trump appoints net neutrality critics to FCC transition team

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has appointed two opponents of current net neutrality rules to his team charged with overseeing the transition in the Federal Communications Commission.

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under scrutiny from politicians, consumer groups

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

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City-funded broadband just lost a big fight in court

Some city-funded broadband networks may be in trouble after a U.S. appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibited states from restricting those projects.

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Internet provider-backed groups appeal net neutrality court defeat

Trade groups representing many U.S. ISPs have filed an appeal challenging a court ruling that upheld the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

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Wireless on wheels? Cable can play at that game, too

When lots of people gather for concerts or sports events, cellular carriers often bring their networks to the scene with cell towers mounted on trucks, or COWs (cells on wheels). Not to be outdone, Comcast is joining the fray using Wi-Fi.

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FCC hails 'monumental' vote opening new spectrum for 5G and IoT

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to open nearly 11 gigahertz of high-band spectrum to new wireless uses, paving the way for 5G mobile service and for an explosive growth of the Internet of Things.

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They're at it again: Senate panel votes to weaken net neutrality rules

It's the issue that won't die: A Senate committee has voted to weaken the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

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U.S. appeals court upholds net neutrality rules, but the fight is far from over

An appeals court has upheld the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's controversial net neutrality rules, passed in 2015.

Only the government knows what this top-secret Shuttle look-a-like is doing

It's been a year since the Air Force launched the secret X-37B. There are many theories about why it's up there, but the government isn't saying much.

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FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G

Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of 'beach front' wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.