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Jan 24, 2014

Congress turns up heat on Target with hearings, document request

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Congress turned up the heat on Target Corp on Thursday, summoning the company’s chief financial officer to testify at a Senate hearing, while Democrats on a House committee asked the No. 3 retailer to turn over a slew of documents related to its massive data breach.

The vast scope of the hacking into the networks of Minneapolis-based Target during the holiday shopping season has raised the stakes for data security discussion in Congress, with numerous lawmakers now weighing in.

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. privacy board says NSA phone program illegal, should end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records provides only minimal benefits to countering terrorism, is illegal and should end, a federal privacy watchdog said in a report to be released on Thursday and reviewed by Reuters.

The watchdog agency’s report could further complicate efforts by both President Barack Obama and Congress to come up with possible reforms to NSA eavesdropping programs, which have been under harsh scrutiny in the wake of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Jan 16, 2014

Apple to refund at least $32.5 million in disputed kids’ app purchases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children through mobile apps without their parents’ consent.

Under the terms of the settlement, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure it obtains consent from parents before charging for such in-app spending.

Jan 15, 2014

AT&T CEO says awaiting clarity on U.S. surveillance rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc CEO Randall Stephenson said on Wednesday he was anxious to hear details of President Barack Obama’s proposals to reform U.S. surveillance programs, hoping for more clarity on the rules guiding the data collection operations.

Obama is slated on Friday to unveil proposed reforms of National Security Agency surveillance programs, potentially including its once-secret program to collect metadata of billions of domestic and foreign telephone calls, whose existence was disclosed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Jan 15, 2014

Apple reaches consent decree with U.S. over kids’ app purchases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children buying mobile apps without their parents’ consent.

Under the terms of the settlement, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure it obtains consent from consumers before charging for items sold in mobile apps.

Jan 14, 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court has struck down the government’s latest effort to require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, meaning mobile carriers and other broadband providers may reach agreements for faster access to specific content crossing their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rules, passed in late 2010, require internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally and give consumers equal access to all lawful content, a principle known as net neutrality.

Jan 13, 2014

US House Democrats request probe into Target card breach

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Democratic members of the
Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of
Representatives have called on the panel to investigate the
hacking of credit and debit card data belonging to millions of
customers of retailer Target Corp.

The request piggybacks on a similar move by Senate Democrats
on Friday as lawmakers respond to the massive breach at Target,
the No. 3 U.S. retailer, during the holiday shopping season,
which resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit
card records and 70 million other records containing customer
information.

Dec 24, 2013

In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and No. 2 cable service provider Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

Dec 24, 2013

Analysis: In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc and No. 2 cable service provider Time Warner Cable Inc.

Dec 17, 2013

FCC withdraws proposal to relax media ownership rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission has withdrawn a proposal to relax the ban on owning several media outlets in the same media market, an FCC official said on Tuesday.

For decades, U.S. media markets have operated under rules that prohibit one owner from controlling both a newspaper and a television or radio station in a single market.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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