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Microsoft’s standing to sue over secret US data requests in question

Microsoft’s lawsuit objecting to the indiscriminate use by U.S. law enforcement of orders that demand user data without the opportunity to inform the customer may run into questions about the software giant's standing to raise the...

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Assange seeks to discuss his US extradition with the feds

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he stands by an earlier pledge to face trial in the U.S., but he is first urging federal investigators to name the exact charges against him.

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US alleges systemic employment discrimination at Oracle

The U.S. government says Oracle routinely and systemically pays white men more than women and minorities and that it favors Asian candidates over others in product development and technical roles.

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Snowden allowed to stay in Russia longer

U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for "another couple of years," according to a spokeswoman for the government there.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange confident of winning 'any fair trial' in the US

WikiLeaks said that its founder Julian Assange is confident of winning 'any fair trial' in the U.S. and indicated that the founder of the whistleblowing website would stand by all the promises he had made in return for clemency to...

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FTC charges Qualcomm with anticompetitive chip tactics

Qualcomm strong-armed some phone makers into accepting unfavorable technology licensing terms while giving Apple a break in exchange for exclusivity, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

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Obama commutes sentence for Manning, a WikiLeaks source

President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. soldier who disclosed classified data to WikiLeaks relating to the Iraq War.

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Report: Samsung probe blames Galaxy Note7 fires on faulty batteries

Samsung will reportedly release the results of its investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note7 handsets next week.

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Indian privacy case against WhatsApp gains momentum

A privacy lawsuit against WhatsApp in India over its new data sharing policy has got momentum with the country’s top court seeking responses from Facebook, WhatsApp and the federal government.

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5G spectrum squatting case ends in $100M FCC fine

The FCC has fined a company US$100 million for allegedly never using some licenses to spectrum that is now considered promising for future 5G networks.

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European legislators debate robot rights for autonomous vehicles

Robots should one day have rights as "electronic persons," Members of the European Parliament recommended Thursday -- but not until the machines are all fitted with "kill" switches to shut them down in an emergency.

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Apple must face claims of monopoly in iPhone app market

An appeals court has ruled that Apple must face antitrust charges in a lawsuit that alleges that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps.

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Lessons for corporate IT from Geek Squad legal case

The life of the corporate desktop team can turn into a legal nightmare quickly if end users haven’t agreed that it’s OK for techs to search their machines, something that has come to light in a California child pornography case...

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Samsung boss to testify in South Korea bribery case

Jay Y. Lee, the current head of the Samsung Group, will be questioned by a special prosecutor Thursday as part of an investigation into a wide-ranging corruption scandal in South Korea that has reached all the way to the country’s...

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Families of ISIS victims sue Twitter for being 'weapon for terrorism'

The families of three Americans killed in ISIS terror attacks are suing Twitter for allegedly knowingly providing support for the terrorist group and acting as a "powerful weapon for terrorism."

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Bots may send your liability risk soaring

Judges and juries may think that a company should be better able to eliminate errors in responses with automation.

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The FTC's IoT security case against D-Link will test its power

A Federal Trade Commission attempt to rein in a poorly secured IoT device is raising questions over whether the U.S. regulator has the power to crack down on vendors suspected of shoddy practices.

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Department of Labor sues Google over wage data

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Google, with the company's ability to win government contracts at risk.

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