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Kill switch proposals finally force wireless industry's hand

After resisting calls to add kill switch features to mobile devices as a theft deterrent, wireless carriers are now pledging to implement the technology in 2015. The reason? Pending legislation might have forced them to do it anyway.

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Cellular industry makes concession on kill switch

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Twitter fights Turkey ban with lawsuit over political freedom of speech

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Report: Turkey cuts off a key Twitter workaround by blocking Google DNS

There's now one less way to connect to Twitter from within Turkey, but the social network isn't yet blocked entirely.

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Groups ask US FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp

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British spy agency may have seen you naked in surveillance of Yahoo webcam chats

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Lawmaker seeks to ban Bitcoin in U.S.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia cited the danger of crime as a key factor.

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Verizon, T-Mobile endorse smartphone 'kill switch' effort

However, the executives stop short of endorsing a Senate bill requiring them to install kill switches on mobile devices.

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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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Somehow, 5G phones will solve youth unemployment

As new 4G phones appear at Mobile World Congress, Neelie Kroes is concerned with how young people will earn the money to buy what comes next.

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Verizon: Heavy Web users should pay more

The company's CEO says he's encouraged by new discussions on net neutrality

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US carriers said to have rejected 'kill switch' technology last year

Carriers rejected a technology last year that supporters say would have dramatically cut the number of smartphone theft.

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German privacy regulator: WhatsApp users should switch to a more secure service

The German data protection authority recommended Swiss WhatsApp alternatives Threema and myEnigma

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FCC won't challenge net neutrality's death, plans resurrection instead

In striking down net neutrality, an appeals court may have given the FCC the ammo it needs to finally make it stick.

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