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Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

In the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data

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Goodbye, firstborn children: This study shows how wordy terms of service hurt users

Even surrendering their first born won't stop people from signing up for a new social network

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Disrespect intended: Mozilla thinks it knows better

To make Firefox more relevant, Mozilla Context Graph elbows out authors and decides what readers are interested in

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Mozilla wants to build web recommendation engine into Firefox

'Content Graph' would sidestep search engines, reveal relevant sites with little or no user input

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EU prepares to raise Privacy Shield over data transfers to US

US has given written assurance that it has ruled out indiscriminate mass surveillance of European citizens' data

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Anti-terror efforts clash with internet as a 'human right'

Recent activities to censor or switch off internet access demonstrate that issues surrounding free speech are never clear-cut

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Hey AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile -- your days may be numbered

As mobile users overwhelm shared cellular data networks, scrappy independent providers armed with low-cost equipment could bring the solution

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Google is working to make every website viewable in VR

WebVR support is a work in progress for the Chromium project, which could one day change how we browse the Internet

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What matters more: Controlling the Internet's wiring, or its data? Both

When technology companies invest in new internet cables everyone should take note

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Scrutiny of Google's tax liabilities intensifies with Spanish raid

Google is under investigation by tax authorities in Spain and France, and has recently made deals with UK and Italian authorities over back taxes

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Run, don't walk, from China's Big Brother law

Web and cloud companies are especially targeted by a law that gives the government access to and control over user and business data

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Review: The Starry Station Wi-Fi router -- a simple solution

The stylish new Starry Station Wi-Fi router is so simple to use that your friends and relatives may no longer need to call you for help.

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Opera rebuts Microsoft claim that Edge eats less power

Google also joins the debate, says all browsers are similar in power consumption

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Microsoft touts Edge browser as power miser

Microsoft is hoping to turn around the downturn in Edge adoption by beating the drum about its lower power consumption

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Sorry, ISPs: The FCC finally has the dopes on the ropes

Despite this week's appeals court ruling, the cable industry fights on against an open internet, proposals to regulate set-top boxes, and privacy protections

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How to search Gmail with advanced operators

Gmail’s advanced search operators help you find messages more quickly, even if you have a pile of them to sift through. Here's how.

Stephen Colbert takes net neutrality for a whirl

If you're going to learn about net neutrality, you may as well do so on a roller coaster

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They're at it again: Senate panel votes to weaken net neutrality rules

It's the issue that won't die: A Senate committee has voted to weaken the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules

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