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Microsoft beats FBI at their game, fights data grab in court

Microsoft beats FBI at their game, fights data grab in court

According to Microsoft, they’ve beat the FBI at their own game. A letter sent to the company recently asked for information on an enterprise client, which Microsoft fought in court. Without having actually won a verdict, Microsoft says the FBI withdrew their request.

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FCC “Net Neutrality” vote: what just happened?

FCC “Net Neutrality” vote: what just happened?

A confusing wave of data surrounding the FCC’s "Net Neutrality" vote is being shot from news networks around the internet today. What we’d like to do here is to simplify the goings-on of the FCC and their actions as much as possible. This is as simple as it gets.

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Comcast wants to cap data, says 500GB is plenty

Comcast wants to cap data, says 500GB is plenty

Comcast, who are in discussions to acquire Time Warner Cable, have redefined capped data. David Cohen, an executive with Comcast says he expects they’ll begin offering “usage-based billing”, which translates to “we’ll give you a data allotment and charge you if you go over it”.

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FCC fast-lane bill tweaks lambasted by net-neutrality supporters

FCC fast-lane bill tweaks lambasted by net-neutrality supporters

The chief of the FCC has received massive amounts of web-based backlash on account of a new "fast-lane" internet bill he’s proposed this year. It’s set to go up for a vote this month, and just this week he’s introduced a number of tweaks to - he hopes - satisfy the nay-sayers. It’s not going as well as he’d hoped, net-neutrality supporters making their case clear across the web.

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White House aims to protect companies who give up requested data

White House aims to protect companies who give up requested data

Post Edward Snowden and the revelations of widespread NSA intrusion, many larger tech companies have been as forthcoming as possible about what information they’re giving to authorities. In anticipation of reform bills for how and why the NSA does what they do (as well as those currently in process), The White House is asking that any legislation include language to keep tech companies safeguarded from prosecution.

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Fastest Mobile Networks 2014: testing your data across the USA

Fastest Mobile Networks 2014: testing your data across the USA

Each year a test is done across the nation by everyday users like you. The test is part of "Fastest Mobile Networks 2014," ultimately showing how mobile device networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) are delivering on the data speeds they present every day. PCMag heads this test, and this year SlashGear is joining in to create the most expansive Fastest Mobile Networks test since its inception.

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Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.

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Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

It would appear that Kim Dotcom does not trust United States-made electronics. He suggests this week that the world should "never trust US tech", using #NSA to point out a Cisco listing of lawful intercept architecture. He calls these systems "interception backdoors", suggesting that Cisco is amongst the companies that willingly allow the NSA to take hold of their data at any given time - but that's just not true.

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Here’s how much of your Facebook life the government wants

Here’s how much of your Facebook life the government wants

The second wave of Facebook’s sharing of Government Request data comes this week in short form. Facebook is one of a collection of groups to have begun showing off what they’re able in government data requests since the age of the NSA spill came to fruition last year.

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Heartbleed bug: vulnerable and patched sites chime in

Heartbleed bug: vulnerable and patched sites chime in

When you think about the scope of the Heartbleed bug, you have to consider that it was (and is) allowing hackers to see data - any data - stored on servers. This data vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160 (aka Heartbleed) is not limited to certain kinds of data - it’s anything and everything. So what’s to be done?

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Intel Thunderbolt 2 adds Networking for PC to PC connections

Intel Thunderbolt 2 adds Networking for PC to PC connections

Already released with OS X Mavericks for Apple computers, Thunderbolt Networking will be coming soon to the PC environment. Intel has made clear this week that they’re bringing full demonstrations of this tech to NAB 2014, so the update for cross-device functionality is certainly close at hand. This software update will bring PC to PC connections with Thunderbolt 2 as well as PC to Mac.

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NSA reform plans seek to offer similar data to investigators without bulk collection

NSA reform plans seek to offer similar data to investigators without bulk collection

There has been a lot of talk over the last few months about the bulk data of phone calls that was being collected by the NSA. In the wake of the revelation that this bulk data collection was taking place; reforms are coming to the NSA. Some of the options for reforming the NSA were leaked late last month.

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