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Apple's $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval

The amount still depends on Apple losing an appeal on another ruling

Reports: EU taking first step towards breaking up Google

A proposed motion in the European Parliament could put pressure on EU authorities


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Obama immigration plan called vague, frustrating

The immigration reforms that President Obama announced have left people on all sides of the tech immigration issue uncertain and frustrated.

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H1B Visa Controversy Obscures Bigger Issues

U.S. immigration policy took center stage last night when President Obama outlined his plans to use executive authority to address the controversy. The tech industry is concerned with how Obama's plans will affect H1B visas. However,...

FCC chairman gives no timeline for net neutrality decision

The agency needs to make sure any rules it passes will stand up to a lawsuit, Wheeler says

EU net neutrality legislation under threat from Italian proposals, says rights group

Italian proposals for changes to draft legislation already adopted by Parliament would weaken citizen's rights, according to EDRi

NSA chief says cyberattacks on industrial systems are his top concern

Nation states and groups are engaging in risky behavior in the absence of cyberspace rules

AT&T to pay $23.8 million to settle California dumping complaint

The company also agreed to implement environmental compliance measures over the next five years

Data exchange talks lag, jeopardizing US firms' ability to operate in Europe

Ongoing issues relating to US national security and spying imperil 'safe harbor' personal data pact

NSA director: No changes in telephone record collection coming

With the failure of an NSA reform bill in Congress, the agency will continue to operate its US phone records program, Rogers says

Newham CIO: What happens when you outsource app-build to a company that goes bust

Newham Borough Council entrusted 2e2 with building its mobile app

Google Play taps Chinese developers for paid apps, despite block

China started blocking all Google services in late May

US Senator Al Franken questions Uber's privacy policies

Franken questions Uber's so-called 'God view' data tool

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States Get Mixed Report Card on Using Data to Improve Education

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, collaborative effort to improve the availability and use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement. Though school districts are beginning to embrace DQC, much work remains.

Court shuts down tech support 'scams' targeted by FTC

Companies' free trial software identified nonexistant computer errors and charged customers to fix them, the agency says

FTC Gets Federal Court to Shut Down $120M Tech Support Scam

FTC says scammers use bogus software and the deceptive telemarketing operations to roll over victims.

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Top Tech Turkeys of 2014

This Thanksgiving, just be thankful you aren’t associated with any of these people.

Blocked messaging app Line looks for comeback in China

China blocked Line back in July, resulting in user complaints

US Senate fails to move forward on NSA reform bill

The vote on the USA Freedom Act could mean NSA reform is dead until next year

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and Others Join Push Against Government Spying

Ten top tech companies have signed onto an open letter backing legislation that would prevent the bulk collection of Internet metadata by government agencies.

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