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Apple must repay $14.5 billion in underpaid taxes in Ireland

Two Irish tax rulings constituted illegal state aid, the European Commission has ruled

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Dream on if you think spies will reveal their exploits

Governments will hide and exploit vulnerabilities as long as they can, even if that risks criminals getting their hands on them too

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Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

Government-hired hackers used three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS to target an activist in the United Arab Emirates

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Proposed 'social media ID, please' law draws outrage

President Obama's proposal for foreign travelers is so bad, say critics, it must have been hatched by Donald Trump

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The NSA's hoard of cyber weapons makes some experts nervous

An alleged hack has raised questions about the agency's practices

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FCC won't back down on broadband users' privacy

Broadband providers argue they have consumers' interests at heart as they continue their fight against regulation as common carriers

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Alleged NSA data dump contains sophisticated hacking tools

Cisco said that the sample files reveal an undetected software flaw in its products

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Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare

Many people from 'dangerous and volatile regions' work in the U.S. on H-1B visas, and Trump's plan would penalize these workers because of their birthplace.

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US says transfer of internet governance will go ahead on Oct. 1

Oversight of the internet’s domain name system functions will be transferred to a multistakeholder body despite fierce opposition from some lawmakers and advocacy groups

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Tech industry desperate for US action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

With Clinton and Trump both opposed to the trade deal, time is short for supporters of TPP

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South China Sea conflict could be IT’s Black Swan

The U.S. is completely dependent on Asia -- mostly China -- for hardware, and an on-going South China Sea territorial dispute could easily disrupt electronics manufacturing for the world

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U.S. intelligence to share supply chain threat reports with industry

Focus is expected to be on bad actors to pre-empt attacks, not just signatures in existing attacks

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City-funded broadband just lost a big fight in court

A U.S. appeals court has struck down an FCC decision meant to protect municipal networks

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White House software code-sharing policy gains steam

Government departments will share custom code, and some will be released to the public as open source software

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ISP groups appeal net neutrality court defeat

Broadband providers want a court of appeals to rehear their challenge to net neutrality after a three-judge panel upheld the rules in June

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FBI said to investigate possible hack of another Democratic Party organization

The intrusion is likely to raise fresh concerns about Russia trying to meddle in the U.S. elections

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Clinton tech agenda takes the Silicon Valley line

The Democratic nominee’s tech policy vision is exhaustive and detailed, aimed at spurring innovation

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NIST is no longer hot for SMS-based two-factor authentication

SMS-based authentication is easy to implement and accessible to many users, but it is also insecure. Now NIST plans to drop it from its two-factor authentication guidelines

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