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Feb 4, 2014

Fewer than 1.1 mln accounts exposed in Neiman breach -executive

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A recently revealed
cybersecurity breach at Neiman Marcus potentially exposed 1.1
million accounts to malware, but the upscale U.S. retailer
believes the actual number affected was less than that, its
chief information officer said on Tuesday.

U.S. retail executives including the chief financial officer
of Target Corp appeared before the Senate Judiciary
Committee to answer questions about data breaches that exposed
payment card and personal information of millions of customers
to hackers in the last several months.

Feb 4, 2014

FCC chief tells Sprint chair he is skeptical on T-Mobile deal

By Alina Selyukh and Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed his skepticism about a potential merger between Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in a meeting with Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son on Monday, according to an FCC official briefed on the matter.

Son, chief executive at Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which acquired Sprint last year, met with the top U.S. telecommunications regulator alongside Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse.

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. wireless group proposes TV channel-sharing pilot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. wireless industry lobby is proposing a pilot project to test how two television stations could share radio frequencies, hoping the practice catches on and broadcasters free up more of the valuable airwaves to be sold in an upcoming spectrum auction.

The wireless association, CTIA, said on Tuesday it has found two stations in Los Angeles – KJLA and KLCS – interested in testing how they could send their video through the same radio frequency channel.

Jan 28, 2014

Regulator plans case-by-case approach on Internet abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator said on Tuesday he planned to set broad principles to guide how Internet service providers manage consumers’ access to the Web and would pursue abuse or anti-competitiveness on a case-by-case basis.

“The Internet is evolving so rapidly that we want to look at case sets as well as generic concept rules, so that what we don’t want to do is to say that somehow we’re smarter than the net, because I can stipulate to that, we aren’t,” said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. regulator plans case-by-case approach on Internet abuse

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications
regulator said on Tuesday he planned to set broad principles to
guide how Internet service providers manage consumers’ access to
the Web and would pursue abuse or anti-competitiveness on a
case-by-case basis.

“The Internet is evolving so rapidly that we want to look at
case sets as well as generic concept rules, so that what we
don’t want to do is to say that somehow we’re smarter than the
net, because I can stipulate to that, we aren’t,” said Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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.

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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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