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Senate passes bill allowing mobile phone owners to unlock devices

The House will still have to pass the Senate bill before it becomes law, however.

Swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality, FCC extends deadline

The agency has received 677,000 comments on its proposed net neutrality rules

Internet giants press for net neutrality in FCC filing

Strong net neutrality rules should keep the Internet open, dynamic and spontaneous for all, the companies said.

Senate committee approves mobile phone unlocking bill

The legislation would overturn a Library of Congress decision to remove legal protections for unlocking

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Latest Snowden leak: Most data NSA collects is from non-targets

New information published by the Washington Post shows that much of the data intercepted by the NSA comes from individuals not suspected of any wrongdoing.

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Net neutrality supporters stage 'tug-of-war' protest outside FCC

Pulling on a rope labeled 'The Internet,' protesters representing telecom companies and regular users vied for domination, bringing the net neutrality controversy to life.

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FTC: T-Mobile made hundreds of millions from unwanted SMS features

The mobile carrier made profits from services not ordered by customers, the FTC said.

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California removes ban on Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other alternative currencies

The law paves the way for legal use of community currencies, bitcoin and other U.S. dollar alternatives

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10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch

The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about?

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

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US researcher banned for mining Bitcoin using university supercomputers

Caught using National Science Foundation-funded supercomputers to generate virtual currency, the researcher received a government-wide ban.

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Reset the Net: How the web is fighting back on the anniversary of Snowden's revelations

One year to the day after Snowden's first NSA revelation broke, the web is aflutter in rebellion. Here's the details, and tools you can use to protect your privacy.

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Deluge of net neutrality comments floods FCC website after Oliver rallies audience

The agency's comments page goes down after comic commentator John Oliver urges people to take action.

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FAA may let movie makers film with drones

Seven aerial photo and video production companies have filed for permission to use drones

Report: NSA facial recognition program collects 'millions' of photos from the Web

Newly leaked documents reveal a massive NSA program to collect and analyze photographs, according to the New York Times.