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Aug 30, 2013

Justice Department talks with Microsoft and Google stall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice’s talks with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc have hit a wall as the government pushes back at the tech companies’ demand for the ability to disclose the now-secret data requests they receive.

Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith, on Friday described as a failure the outcome of the companies’ recent negotiations with the government over the disclosure of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders the companies receive.

Aug 30, 2013

U.S. plans reports on secret court orders to telecom providers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. intelligence community has pledged to disclose more data about government surveillance programs by reporting annually how many secret court orders are issued to telecommunications companies under certain legal rules.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday announced a plan to release the total number of legal orders issued every 12 months to telecom companies by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the number of targets affected by those orders.

Aug 16, 2013

Exclusive: FDA says working with Merck, USDA on cattle drug Zilmax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it was working with drugmaker Merck & Co and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to gather information on the cattle feed additive Zilmax and determine if it is unsafe.

The FDA, in an email response to a Reuters query, said it had received “a very small number of reports of lameness or lying down” in cattle whose feed contained zilpaterol, also known as Zilmax.

Aug 10, 2013

Apple patent wins could mean U.S. import ban for Samsung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some older Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) mobile devices face a sales and import ban in the United States after a U.S. trade panel ruled for Apple Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in a high-profile patent infringement case.

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday ruled that South Korea’s Samsung infringes on portions of two Apple Inc patents on digital mobile devices, covering the detection of headphone jacks and operation of touchscreens.

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.

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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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