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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

A group of US Senators is asking the FCC to dial back its support for local governments that wish to set up municipal ISPs. The eight Senators, all Republicans, sent a letter [PDF] to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler asking that he provide more information on the FCC's recent actions on behalf of local governments who wished to set up …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2015

Microsoft, US senators want to grease wheels of trade secret theft cases

US Senators are mulling a bill that aims to change the way companies file claims of trade secrets theft. Creatively dubbed "The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015," S. 1890 would create legal procedures for businesses to file civil claims of trade secret theft at the federal level, just as they would for copyright or patent …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Dec 2015

Vote imminent on controversial US cyber security 'sharing' bills

Cyber Defence Summit US Senate and House committee members are confident twin security bills will be passed in the coming weeks, making serious inroads into the perennial failure that is cyber security information sharing. The bipartisan bills would offer liability protection to organisations who supply de-anonymised security threat information …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2015
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US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

America has inched another step towards privatising some of its snooping to Internet companies. While it's far from a fait accompli, the US Senate Security Committee has approved the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015-2016. That bill, controversially, includes a stipulation that companies like Facebook and Twitter must …
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Senate slams ad servers for security failings

The US Senate has issued a report calling for the online advertising industry to improve its security against malware attacks, and for lawmakers to legislate tougher penalties should it fail to do so. The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said that the advertising landscape as it now exists "makes it …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2014
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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

The US Senate is considering a bill that would ban in-flight cellphone calls. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) crafted the bipartisan legislation to outlaw voice calls on all commercial flights. The bill would still allow passengers to use mobile devices for texting, plus web browsing and other data …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2013

Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

The heat is on for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in the US, with lawmakers at the highest levels of government now actively investigating how to regulate the upstart digital monies. On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs sent letters to a number of prominent federal regulatory …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013

US Senator introduces 'Patent Abuse Reduction Act'

US Senator John Cornyn, who represents Texas, has introduced the “Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013”. Cornyn says the Bill (PDF, brace for legalese) is intended to have the following effects: “This bill would require plaintiffs to disclose the substance of their claim and reveal their identities when they file their lawsuit …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013
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Cook: Apple has 'no current plan' to pull profits out of Ireland

Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his earlier defense of Cupertino's accounting practices in testimony before a US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, describing the company as "America's largest corporate income taxpayer." "Apple complies fully with both the laws and spirit of the laws," Cook said in his prepared remarks, …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2013
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Republican filibuster blocks Senate Cybersecurity bill

The latest attempt by the US government to ensure some kind of security standards for its critical infrastructure has failed, with Senate Republicans having blocked legislation over concerns at over-regulation of business and the weighing-down of the bill with useless ammendments. "Despite the President’s repeated calls for …
Iain Thomson, 2 Aug 2012
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LulzSec hacks US Senate

Hacker tricksters LulzSec is baiting US lawmakers with its latest attack on the US Senate. The hacking group posted what security experts Sophos characterised as "basic information on the filesystems, user logins and the Apache web server config files" of the Senate website on Wednesday morning. The group also posted a …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2011
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Microsoft ga ga over Goo-Hoo! deal

Microsoft kicked off a campaign on Friday against the advertising collaboration deal struck between Google and Yahoo!, Reuters reports. Quoting two sources familiar with the matter, the news agency said that just one day after Google agreed to sell ads on Yahoo!’s website Microsoft contacted Washington-based advocacy groups …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jun 2008
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US Senate to probe Goo-Hoo!

The US Senate's Antitrust Subcommittee will investigate Yahoo!'s Ballmer-battling search tie-up with Google. Yesterday, as Jerry Yang and company announced the death of talks with Microsoft, Google officially told the world it plans on serving ads to Yahoo!'s search engine in the US and Canada. And this sparked a a few words …
Cade Metz, 13 Jun 2008

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