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In 2015, EU aims to sweep away old rules on data protection and copyright

The Commision wants to break down national barriers to create what it calls a digital single market

U.S.-Cuba breakthrough is no slam dunk for Internet

As the U.S. frees its service providers to invest, Cuba may not play ball


Obama pushes for net neutrality, opposes data localization in trade pact

A leaked documents shows the Obama administration pushing tech issues in a secretive trade-in-services deal

US agency sues Sprint for alleged unauthorized charges

Consumer protection bureau says Sprint's third-party billing system was a breeding ground for unauthorized text message charges

China was brutal to US tech firms in 2014

Microsoft, Cisco and Qualcomm all faced a tougher regulatory environment

Booking.com proposes settling price parity antitrust cases across Europe

Hotels have been invited to comment on Booking.com's proposal to drop a clause in its contracts requiring them to offer it their best prices

UberPop will be banned in France from Jan. 1st

Although a Paris court declined to impose an emergency ban on the UberPop Friday, a new law will make the service illegal from the New Year

Net neutrality supporters disrupt FCC meeting

About a dozens protestors call on the agency to reclassify broadband as a regulated utility

FCC requires higher speeds for broadband subsidies

The agency will require wired broadband providers to deliver 10Mbps to get federal funding

EU antitrust commissioner to meet Google complainants

More input is needed in order to take the case forward, antitrust commissioner says

FTC will target patent trolls, commissioner says

The agency, even while studying patent assertion entities, can take action against unfair practices, Brill says

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A Fresh Look at Communications Regulation

Any new regulatory regime must recognize today’s realities while accommodating the changes we can’t foresee now.

US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form

A reform bill, USA Freedom Act, ran into difficulties in the Senate

China reminds Apple on need to support privacy, security in its products

A Chinese official secures a privacy pledge from Apple's Tim Cook during a company visit, according to Xinhua

Academics urge FCC to enforce net neutrality on case-by-case basis

A group of 32 professors asks the FTC to weigh in and encourage the FCC to step away from utility regulation

Facebook welcomes Chinese regulator to US, even as site remains blocked

Lu Wei, a top Chinese Internet official, met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Google to begin contacting customers about in-app refunds

The FTC approves a final settlement in its complaint over children's unauthorized in-app purchases

EU ministers backpedal on one-stop data protection shop plan

Company's should only deal with one privacy regulator instead of 28, industry associations said

EU proposal for automated car emergency calls addresses privacy concerns

There are still some data protection concerns though, an opposing party in the EU Parliament said

Silicon Valley startups discover power of political lobbying

Uber and others have increased their spending in Washington in recent months

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