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Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but promises changes nevertheless

The company was responding to a letter on the issue by U.S. Senator John Thune

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DMCA 'reform' harbors return of SOPA

Behind the music and movie lobbyists' latest efforts to rewrite the DMCA lurk the restrictive remains of SOPA and PIPA legislation

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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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House lawmakers work to replace the hated H-1B lottery

In a piece of bipartisan legislation, employers who offer generous salaries will be first in line to hire foreign workers

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EU's data privacy regulations put the pressure on IT

European Union authorities are requiring companies that handle EU citizens' data to comply with some of the strictest data privacy regulations in the world -- or pay a steep price

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Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

The legislation would block a rule change letting judges issue remote hacking warrants

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FBI/Apple privacy fight left out a major player: the data carriers

In the conflict between government surveillance and individual privacy, it is not just the data on devices that is at stake. It is the data that travels to and from the devices

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Mozilla wants US to disclose to it first any vulnerability found in Tor by government hackers

Mozilla says it wants to check if the vulnerable code is found in Firefox code

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Facebook fires back at political allegations

U.S. Senator wants to know who is ultimately responsible for approving Facebook's top trending topics and whether news curators excluded stories related to conservative views

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Privacy advocates want protections for US residents in foreign surveillance law

Congress should require warrants for agencies searching for US information in NSA databases, advocates say

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The government is trying to see if security updates can land in consumer's phones faster

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Twitter blocks access to analytics around its data by US intelligence agencies

Twitter says Dataminr is not authorized to sell the data for surveillance purposes

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White House worries about bad A.I. coding

In the artifical intelligence world, bad design is as much a worry as good

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Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues

Candidates should talk more about cybersecurity and other tech issues, 13 tech trade groups say

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Warrantless searches surge as online privacy dwindles

Not only are warrantless searches exploding in number, the boundaries of warrants themselves are expanding

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

An upcoming competition will invite the public to propose and test 'quantum-resistant' encryption schemes

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Microsoft's CEO explains why his company sued the U.S. government

The company's commitment to privacy drove it to fight gag orders, Satya Nadella says

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Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI computer search powers

The amendments allow judges to issue search warrants for computers with concealed locations

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