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Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite petition

U.S. President Barack Obama won't pardon National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, despite strong public support for it, the White House said Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross29 July 15 03:57

Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

U.S. President Barack Obama should oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies because the bill would allow the sharing of too much personal information, a coalition of digital rights groups and security experts said.

Written by Grant Gross29 July 15 02:12

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

U.S. communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent ISPs provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

Written by Grant Gross21 July 15 23:03

T-Mobile to pay $17.5 million fine for 911 outages

T-Mobile USA will pay a US$17.5 million fine in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for two 911 emergency dialing outages on the company's mobile network last year.

Written by Grant Gross18 July 15 01:42

EBay to sell its enterprise unit four years after buying it

EBay has reached a deal to sell its enterprise unit, a division focused on building and running online shopping sites for bricks-and-mortar retailers, for less than half than it paid four years ago.

Written by Grant Gross17 July 15 00:49

Vietnamese man gets 13 years for massive ID theft scheme

A Vietnamese man linked to a data breach of 200 million personal records at a subsidiary of credit monitoring firm Experian has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Written by Grant Gross15 July 15 06:03

ACLU asks court to immediately kill NSA phone snooping

A U.S. appeals court should immediately shut down the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records because the practice is illegal, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Written by Grant Gross15 July 15 04:44

US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

A U.S. government agency will start its third attempt to develop voluntary privacy standards for an emerging area of technology, this time with a series of meetings on drone privacy scheduled to begin Aug. 3.

Written by Grant Gross14 July 15 06:27

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may require the country's telecom carriers to warn residential and business customers about their plans to abandon old, copper telephone networks for IP-based systems.

Written by Grant Gross11 July 15 03:04

Internet voting not ready yet, but can be made more secure

A push to allow Internet voting in elections is growing stronger along with advances in the underlying technology, but systems are not yet secure enough to use with relative certainty that the vote counts will be accurate, according to a new report.

Written by Grant Gross11 July 15 01:25

Two US telecom companies to pay $3.5 million for data breach

Two sister mobile and telecom service providers will pay a combined US$3.5 million after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission found that they were storing customers' personal data on unprotected servers accessible over the Internet.

Written by Grant Gross10 July 15 05:54

FBI wants companies to back off end-to-end encryption

U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior law enforcement officials said.

Written by Grant Gross09 July 15 05:03

Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

The "possibility exists" for the U.S. Department of Justice to cut a deal that would allow surveillance leaker Edward Snowden to return to the U.S., a former attorney general said in a media interview.

Written by Grant Gross08 July 15 02:11

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