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U.S. Commercial Drone Industry Struggles to Take Off

The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace. Full Story »
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'Snowden Effect' has Changed Cloud Data Security Assumption, Survey Claims

Edward Snowden's revelations of sophisticated NSA spying have made many senior IT staff distinctly edgy about their use of the cloud with nine out of teen now paying close attention to the location of stored data, a survey of global attitudes has found.

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Two More States Eye Drone Use Limits

Louisiana and Pennsylvania could become the latest states to impose restrictions on the use of commercial drone aircraft over their airspace.

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Teen Arrested in Heartbleed Attack Against Canadian Tax Site

The Canada Revenue Agency reported data on 900 taxpayers was stolen through the Web vulnerability

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Telefónica Starts Exchange for Targeted Mobile Ads

Axonix' ambition is to compete with Google, Facebook and Twitter in the mobile ad space

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Lavaboom builds encrypted webmail service to resist snooping

The service has started accepting registrations for its upcoming beta testing period

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FTC Warning Unlikely to Stop Facebook From Changing WhatsApp Privacy Policies

Despite pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook is unlikely to leave WhatsApp's stricter privacy policies intact, once government regulators approve the $19 billion acquisition, privacy experts say.

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Google Updates Terms of Service to Reflect its Scanning of Users' Emails

Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features.

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Data Breaches Nail More US Internet Users, Regulation Support Rises

Nearly 80 percent of US Internet users want data-sharing restrictions through government regulation, one survey says

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NSA Secretly Exploited Devastating Heartbleed Bug for Years

News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.

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Dropbox CEO Defends Rice Despite 'Drop Dropbox' Privacy Backlash

Dropbox intended to make headlines after introducing Carousel, Dropbox for Business, and the Mailbox app expansion on Wednesday. But the cloud storage company probably didn't expect those headlines to be about another news item altogether: its newest Board member, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Website Operators Will have a Hard Time Dealing with the Heartbleed Vulnerability

Patching the vulnerable OpenSSL software is just the first step, security experts say

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FTC Implores Whatsapp to Keep its Promises on Privacy in Facebook Deal

The FTC opened the way for Facebook to complete its WhatsApp acquisition, but urged caution in how they deal with user data

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'Drop Dropbox' Protests Flare as Wiretap Proponent Condoleezza Rice Joins Board

Not surprisingly, privacy advocates decry the appointment of Rice, a pro-surveillance hawk, to the board of a company that stores user data.

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Facebook faces class action suit in Canada over interception of private messages

The social networking company is alleged to have intercepted private messages to harvest data