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OPM hit by class-action suit over breach of federal employee data

The employees charge the Office of Personnel Management and a contractor with negligence

FTC settles with developers of sneaky cryptocurrency mining app

The Prized app secretly mined virtual currencies on mobile phones


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6 reasons why there will be another OPM-style hack

Congress might fume about the security failures, but the truth is that it’s part of the problem.

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OPM: The worst hack of all time

The federal government personnel security breach is bigger and worse than you can imagine.

Google harms consumers by favoring its own services, study finds

Two U.S. academics have published a report slamming Google's practice of blending links to its own services with general search results

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, June 29

Google favoring own services may harm consumers... Tech industry hails same-sex marriage ruling... Disney bans selfie sticks

Avira wins German case over adware blocking

Avira had warned users that an Angry Birds clone came with a bunch of other software

Zambia adopts e-procurement system to curb corruption

The country joins a growing list of African nations using automated systems to fight corrupt bidding practices

FCC's Wheeler defends net neutrality rules, discounts investment fears

Several broadband providers have announced expansions since the FCC passed the regulations, Wheeler says

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Court wants expert to hunt Facebook's systems for lost revenge porn data

A Dutch court won't take Facebook's word it has deleted data that could identify the person behind a now-deleted pseudonymous account from which a sex tape was posted, and wants the company to allow an independent expert to scour its...

Scott McNealy on privacy: You still don't have any

Big government is the biggest threat to privacy, the ex-Sun chief warns

Instgram said to be back in North Korea

Block of photo sharing website dissappears with as much mystery as it appeared

OPM's efforts to fix IT security are criticized by auditor

Senators rip into agency director for data losses from major breach

Google, Microsoft among biggest IT industry lobbyists at European Commission

Google was the most prolific corporate lobbyist in Brussels between December and June, with 32 meetings with senior officials

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State CIOs struggle to recruit and retain millennials

Think it’s tough to attract younger IT workers? Imagine what managers in the public sector face? Unable to match private-sector salary packages, state CIOs try to appeal to millennials' commitment to public service and offer flexible...

House votes to slow ICANN transition away from US oversight

The DOTCOM Act would add new requirements to the move away from the NTIA

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, June 24

Ford drives into car-sharing... U.S. government ranked last on app security... Google intros free music streaming

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IT workers replaced by foreign labor may regain federal benefit

The White House is trying to get Congress to restore coverage for service workers, and that may, once again, make displaced IT workers eligible for benefits.

US lawmakers back Amazon.com's bid for .amazon gTLD

Amazon.com's bid for the gTLD has been blocked by some countries in the Amazon region

Qualcomm partners with large Chinese foundry on chips

China is seeking to become a semiconductor producing powerhouse by 2030

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