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Mass surveillance 'endangers fundamental human rights,' says study

Countries should make laws restricting surveillance capabilities, says a European study

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, January 27

Apple's financials on tap ... IBM says it's not laying off a quarter of its workforce ... and more


China signals censors will continue to crack down on VPN services

The country has been disrupting VPN services, which can allow users to view the Internet unfiltered

DEA cameras tracking hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

The existence of the database was revealed in documents obtained under a Freedom of Information request

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Drone Flights Near White House Test Local Restrictions

The quadcopter drone that crashed on the White House lawn early Monday was a recreation drone, among the same type that are flown on the National Mall across the street from the president's home.

States threaten lawsuit against Obama's municipal broadband plan

The FCC doesn't have the authority to preempt state laws limiting municipal broadband projects, state groups say

Facebook blocks content in Turkey deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad

Facebook took the steps after receiving a court order

FTC: IRS Imposter Complaints Up More Than 2,300% in 2014

FTC says taxpayer ID theft scams also at all-time high.

Facebook in Turkey ordered to block material insulting Prophet Muhammad

The order was given in the wake of the Paris shootings

Facebook privacy class action suit to kick off in April

An Austrian court will deal with the admissibility of the case during the first hearing

NIST pledges transparency in NSA dealings over crypto standards

The agency says it will disclose all contributions from the National Security Agency

China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services

Clampdown causes problems for users attempting to connect to Gmail and other sites

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Obama, in India, Will Get Earful About the H-1B Visa

President Barack Obama can expect to hear a lot about the H-1B visa when he arrives Sunday in India for a three-day visit.

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State of the Union 2015: 5 Takeaways From the Most Tech Heavy Address in History

The clapping and cheering may be over, but Tuesday night's State of the Union in 2015 will live on for IT folks.

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Federal IT Leaders Want Cloud Vendors to Provide Clarity

FedRAMP director says industry needs to do more to document security protocols in cloud services as agencies look to broaden adoption of the program across government.

Dutch authorities fine Uber €10,000 a pop

So far, the Dutch government doesn't seem very vigilant in cracking down on Uber

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, January 23

Box shares start trading ... EU wants encryption keys ... Uber agrees to get a license ... and more

China denies involvement in Outlook.com attack

Microsoft's email service was briefly hit with a "man-in-the-middle" attack on Saturday

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Tech Industry May Gain From Obama’s Free Tuition Plan

Seminole State College in Sanford Fla. graduates about 70 students annually with two-year degrees in its programming and networking programs. If President Obama's free-tuition plan were in effect, enrollment could rise 25%.

Italy Antitrust Authority fines carriers for premium service abuses

Customers sometimes found they were receiving the services without their full knowledge and explicit consent

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