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Intel didn't give government advance notice on chip flaws

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Intel did not inform U.S. officials of major computer chip flaws until they were leaked to the public six months after the firm first became aware of the vulnerabilities, according to letters the company sent lawmakers. In a letter to...

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Facebook apologizes for virtual shooting game demo at CPAC

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Facebook removed a virtual reality shooting game demonstration after facing backlash over the timing of showcasing the game one week after the Parkland, Fla., shootings.The company let visitors at Conservative Political Action...

Friday, Feb 23

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FCC chair Pai receives NRA gun award for courage

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association's (NRA) “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.The NRA-sponsored award was...

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Tech and telecom lobbying groups announce joint cybersecurity initiative

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Lobbying groups representing major technology and telecommunications firms are teaming up to jointly tackle cybersecurity issues.The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and USTelecom on Friday announced the creation of the…

InfoWars one step closer to YouTube ban after Florida conspiracy theory video

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InfoWars is reportedly one step closer to being banned from YouTube after posting a video promoting a conspiracy theory about the Florida high school shooting.The channel, run by famed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, received one strike…

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With rules repealed, what's next for net neutrality?

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The battle over the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules is entering a new phase, with opponents of the move launching efforts to preserve the Obama-era consumer protections.The net neutrality rules had…

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Overnight Tech: FCC publishes net neutrality repeal | Dem state AGs sue to save rules | Comcast employees allege culture of harassment

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FCC'S NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL PUBLISHED: The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) order repealing net neutrality was published in the Federal Register Thursday morning, opening the door for supporters of the Obama-era rules to launch...

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Democratic state attorneys general sue to preserve net neutrality rules

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Twenty-two Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday launched a lawsuit aimed at preserving net neutrality on Tuesday, the same day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its rule striking the regulations in the...

NY Fed finds fintech mortgages quicker, less risky than bank loans

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Mortgage lenders that exclusively use online applications approve loans quicker, experience fewer defaults, encourage more refinancing and respond to demand shifts better than brick-and-mortar rivals, according to a New York Federal…

Thursday, Feb 22

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Former Comcast call center employees allege culture of sexual harassment: report

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Women working at several Comcast offices have described experiencing sexual harassment from their co-workers that often was ignored or mishandled by the company, reports Jezebel.One former employee at a Comcast center in Washington, D.C.,.…

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FCC's net neutrality repeal published, opening door to opposition efforts

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The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) order repealing net neutrality was published in the Federal Register Thursday morning, opening the door for supporters of the Obama-era rules to launch legislative and legal challenges.The...

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Former Google employee suing over alleged wrongful firing

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A former Google employee is now suing the company, claiming he was wrongfully terminated for his criticism of an anti-diversity memo sent to staff members last year, Wired Magazine reports. Tim Chevalier, a transgender former...

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Overnight Tech: SEC updates guidance on data breaches | Twitter cracks down on automated tweets | Feds hit former bitcoin exchange with fraud charges

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SEC UPDATES GUIDANCE ON DISCLOSING DATA BREACHES: Wall Street's top regulator on Wednesday released updated guidance on how public companies should go about disclosing cybersecurity breaches and "risks" to the public.The Securities and…

Snap responds to petition calling for it to scrap its redesign

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Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, responded on Tuesday to a petition calling for it to reverse its app redesign.The messaging app did not say it would revert to its prior design, but did say that it will roll out a new update in the…

House to consider bill next week to combat online sex trafficking

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The House is expected to consider legislation when it returns from holiday recess next week that would ensure classified advertising websites such as Backpage.com can no longer enable sex trafficking.The bipartisan bill would allow the...

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White nationalist sues Twitter over suspended account

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A white nationalist group and its founder said Wednesday that they were suing Twitter for banning their accounts, arguing the company did so because it disagreed with their viewpoints.Jared Taylor, who leads the American Renaissance...

WhatsApp co-founder donates $50M to new Signal nonprofit wing

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Brian Acton, a co-founder of the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, is donating $50 million to a new nonprofit supporting the encrypted messaging app Signal.Acton will also serve as the executive chairman of the newly formed Signal…

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Feds charge former bitcoin exchange with fraud

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Federal authorities on Wednesday brought fraud charges against BitFunder, a defunct cryptocurrency stock exchange, and arrested the company's founder for obstruction of justice.The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the…

Wednesday, Feb 21

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SEC updates guidance on disclosing cyber breaches

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Wall Street’s top regulator on Wednesday released updated guidance on how public companies should go about disclosing cybersecurity breaches and "risks" to the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new guidance&...

Twitter cracks down on automated tweets

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Twitter is cracking down on its users’ ability to coordinate posting across multiple social media platforms, a move that the company hopes will tamp down on the spread of spam and misinformation.“These changes are an important step in…

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Publishing platform Medium suspends far-right figures

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The online publishing platform Medium has suspended the accounts of prominent far-right figures Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer.Medium spokesperson Sandee Roston told the Hill that the company does “not comment on individual…

Walking, waiting part of Uber's new service

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Uber announced Wednesday its latest service will require users to take a short walk at the beginning and end of their rides to secure a faster, cheaper carpool with other riders. “Express Pool,” the ride-sharing company's new service, is a…

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Apple speaking with miners directly to buy cobalt: report

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Apple is reportedly in talks to purchase a long-term supply of cobalt, a metal that serves as a key component in the production of its iPhones and iPads, amid fears of a potential shortage.Bloomberg reports that it could be the first time…

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Man pleads guilty to threatening congressman over net neutrality

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A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening to kill Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) if he didn’t support net neutrality.Federal prosecutors announced that 28-year-old Patrick Angelo, of Syracuse, N.Y., pleaded guilty to a charge of…

Conservatives say they've lost thousands of followers on Twitter

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Conservative Twitter users are speaking out about a loss in followers after Twitter reportedly suspended thousands of accounts.Twitter has yet to announce the purge, but there is speculation that the action was part of...

Poll: Majority unlikely to use self-driving cars

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A majority of Americans are not likely to use self-driving vehicles, according to a new survey. A Gallup poll released Wednesday found that 54 percent of Americans said they are unlikely to utilize self-driving cars, while a...

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FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday

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The Federal Communications Commission is slated to publish on Thursday its order scrapping net neutrality rules, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Hill on Tuesday.The official publication of the measure, which was first…

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Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal

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JUDGE BLOCKS AT&T REQUEST FOR WHITE HOUSE-DOJ COMMUNICATIONS: A federal judge overseeing the Justice Department's lawsuit against the AT&T–Time Warner merger rejected AT&T's request for records of communications between the agency...

Tuesday, Feb 20

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Tesla cloud account hacked to mine cryptocurrency

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An unidentified outside hacker infiltrated Tesla's Amazon cloud account and used its systems to quietly mine for cryptocurrencies, a cybersecurity firm announced Tuesday.The hack also potentially exposed the electric car company's...

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Judge rejects AT&T inquiry into possible Trump influence in merger case

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A federal judge overseeing the Justice Department's lawsuit against the AT&T–Time Warner merger rejected AT&T's request for records of communications between the agency and the White House.AT&T had been preparing to argue in the upcoming...