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Samsung gets no love on import ban from Obama administration

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has upheld an import ban on some older-model Samsung Electronics smartphones and tablets after the U.S. International Trade Commission determined they infringed Apple patents.

Written by Grant Gross08 Oct. 13 15:39

Report: NSA has little success cracking Tor

The U.S. National Security Agency has repeatedly tried to compromise Tor, the government-funded online anonymity tool, but has had little success, according to a new report in the U.K.'s Guardian.

Written by Grant Gross04 Oct. 13 18:23

Shutdown affects government sites, but Weather.gov remains up as storm looms

As a tropical storm and possible hurricane bears down on the Gulf Coast of the U.S., the National Weather Service's website was churning out weather alerts Friday, despite a partial U.S. government shutdown that has affected citizens' access to other online resources.

Written by Grant Gross04 Oct. 13 16:11

Lawmaker: Snowden may have had help with leaks

Edward Snowden may not have acted alone, and may have had outside assistance, when he leaked information about the U.S. National Security Agency's data collection and surveillance programs earlier this year.

Written by Grant Gross03 Oct. 13 15:50

US DOJ opposes company requests to publish surveillance statistics

The U.S. Department of Justice has opposed requests by Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies to publish the number of surveillance requests they receive from the U.S. National Security Agency and other agencies.

Written by Grant Gross02 Oct. 13 17:40

NSA encryption-defeating efforts will backfire, privacy advocates say

The U.S. National Security Agency's efforts to defeat encryption will backfire by eroding trust in U.S.-based Internet services and in the agency's own efforts to aid U.S. companies with cybersecurity, a group of privacy advocates said Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross01 Oct. 13 19:57

Tech firms push for NSA surveillance transparency bills

The U.S. Congress must act quickly on legislation that would make electronic data collection efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency more public, a group of tech firms, civil liberties groups and other organizations said Monday.

Written by Grant Gross30 Sept. 13 19:23

Study: Internet sales tax software will be costly to implement

Software to help small businesses comply with an U.S. Internet sales tax would cost many businesses tens of thousands of dollars to roll out and nearly as much to maintain each year, according to a study released by opponents of the proposed tax.

Written by Grant Gross25 Sept. 13 20:43

Former senators say Congress needs to rein in the NSA

The U.S. Congress should appoint an independent committee to investigate possible surveillance abuses by the U.S. National Security Agency, two high-profile former senators said Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross24 Sept. 13 17:40