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Aug 9, 2013

At Samsung hearing, Apple seeks precedent in patent cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court wrestled on Friday with a request by Apple Inc for a permanent injunction on sales of some phones made by its archrival, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, in a case that could have a deep impact on patent litigation.

Friday’s hearing came hours ahead of an expected ruling by the International Trade Commission in a separate case on whether certain mobile devices made by South Korea’s Samsung violate Apple patents. The ruling is expected around 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).

Aug 7, 2013

U.S. officials say NSA leaks may hamper cyber policy debate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Weeks of revelations about secret U.S. surveillance programs could stymie progress on negotiations over new laws and regulations meant to beef up the country’s defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks, cyber security experts say.

Current and former cybersecurity officials say they worry the ongoing disclosures about secret National Security Agency spying programs by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could trigger hasty or rash actions by Congress or the private sector, hampering efforts to enact an effective cyber policy.

Aug 5, 2013

Republicans threaten boycott of debates over Clinton programs

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans are
threatening to boycott 2016 presidential candidates debates
sponsored by networks CNN and NBC unless the networks cancel
plans for special programs on Democrat Hillary Clinton, a
possible 2016 White House contender.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote
to executives for NBC Entertainment and CNN Worldwide, saying
the planned programs were political ads for the former secretary
of state and former first lady.

Aug 2, 2013

Obama nominates Senate aide for FCC Republican commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to nominate Senate aide Michael O’Rielly to fill the second Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, the White House said on Thursday, bringing the agency closer to operating at full capacity.

The Senate has yet to confirm Democrat Tom Wheeler as the FCC’s chairman and Senate Republicans have indicated they wanted to wait for O’Rielly’s nomination to pair the two for a confirmation vote after the chamber returns from the August recess in September.

Jul 31, 2013

New Snowden leak upstages U.S. move to declassify documents

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – New revelations from former
security contractor Edward Snowden that U.S. intelligence
agencies have access to a vast online tracking tool came to
light on Wednesday as lawmakers put the secret surveillance
programs under greater scrutiny.

The Guardian, citing documents from Snowden, published
National Security Agency training materials for the XKeyscore
program, which the newspaper described as the NSA’s
widest-reaching system that covers “nearly everything a typical
user does on the Internet.”

Jul 30, 2013

FCC nominee Wheeler clears Senate Commerce panel vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tom Wheeler, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Communications Commission, moved a step closer to confirmation on Tuesday after receiving the approval of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Some Republicans on the panel wanted to delay the nomination of a new Democrat to chair the FCC until Obama also tapped a Republican commissioner to fill the last vacancy on the five-member agency, but the committee approved Wheeler by voice vote.

Jul 25, 2013

U.S. judge approves IBM’s foreign bribery case settlement with SEC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday signed off on IBM’s 2011 settlement with U.S. regulators over charges of foreign bribery, wrapping up the latest case that questioned U.S. authorities’ aggressiveness in investigating corporate misconduct.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon approved the settlement between International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the Securities and Exchange Commission after IBM agreed to a two-year reporting requirement on accounting fraud or bribery as well as federal investigations.

Jul 23, 2013

Pentagon offers to share airwaves with industry, FCC seeks comment

July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is proposing
to share some of its radio airwaves with the private sector, a
nod to growing pressure from the wireless industry and the Obama
administration for federal agencies to ease their control of
valuable spectrum.

In a letter released by the Federal Communications
Commission on Tuesday, the Department of Defense offers to share
the airwaves it now dominates in the slice of frequencies from
1755 megahertz (MHz) to 1780 MHz with spectrum-hungry wireless
and Internet companies.

Jul 23, 2013

In switch, U.S. military offers to share airwaves with industry

July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is proposing
to share some of its radio airwaves with the private sector, a
nod to growing pressure from the wireless industry and the Obama
administration that federal agencies ease their control of
valuable spectrum.

In a letter released by the Federal Communications
Commission on Tuesday, the Department of Defense offers to share
the airwaves it now dominates in the slice of frequencies from
1755 megahertz (MHz) to 1780 MHz with spectrum-hungry wireless
and Internet companies.

Jul 19, 2013

U.S. FCC moves to reform E-Rate subsidy for Internet at schools

July 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission
moved on Friday to revamp a subsidy program aimed at bringing
faster Internet to schools and libraries, after President
Barack Obama’s plea for a swifter transition to the digital era.

The FCC voted to propose various changes to how schools
apply for and spend funds from the E-Rate program; for instance
ensuring that the program would prioritize investments in faster
broadband connections over some older technologies it also
supports.

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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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