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FCC Vote on Incentive Auction Plan Could Further Open Broadband Competition

The agency's plan includes selling 'generic' 5MHz spectrum blocks Full Story »
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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.

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Net Neutrality Ruling Complicates US Transition to IP Networks

The court's ruling raises questions about the FCC's authority to require VoIP providers to compete calls, carry all traffic

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Some Customers Aren't Sold on US Transition to IP Networks

Customers raise concerns about electrical outages and mobile phone radiation in comments to the FCC

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LinkedIn Tackles China with a Startup Approach

China has been a tough market for U.S. Internet companies to crack, but LinkedIn has high hopes it can buck the trend and increase its user base in the country to as high as 50 million over the next five years.

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Sweden won't enforce data retention law against ISP that deleted metadata

Other European countries were not so quick to suspend enforcement after an EU court ruled that data retention laws violate privacy

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China Obtains Patent Concessions in Return for Approving Microsoft-nokia Deal

China has given conditional approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business, in return for promises on fair patent licensing

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Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

A social network labeled people as jerks and charged them to contact customer service and change their profiles, the agency says

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Feds Aim to Regulate Healthcare IT While Doing No Harm to Innovation

A joint report from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission provides guidance on how the government intends to regulate clinical healthcare applications without stifling innovation.

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5 Technology Initiatives and Reforms IT Wants in Washington

Leaders from Microsoft, Cisco and other tech players are pressing their agenda as they meet with the White House and Congress this week. Some initiatives have been years in the making -- and will take many more years to see through -- but other reforms may not be far off.

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Bitcoin Crackdown in China Halts Bank Transfers for Two Exchanges

China's central bank is forcing the closure of banking accounts operated by the exchanges

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Offshore Firms Took 50% of H-1B Visas in 2013

Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms.

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FCC Clears the Way for Faster Wi-fi

The commission opens up 100MHz of spectrum to Wi-Fi in the 5GHz band and makes 65MHz of lower spectrum available

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Activists to Appeal US Judge's Ruling on Baidu's Censorship

A judge ruled on Thursday that Baidu's censorship is protected as free speech

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US Judge Rules Baidu's Censorship is Protected As Free Speech

The lawsuit sought to punish Baidu for blocking pro-democracy works from its search engine