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Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

The Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone design

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the US government's hacking powers failed Nov 30, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by

Privacy group launches legal challenge against EU-US data pact

A widely expected legal challenge has been filed by an Irish privacy advocacy group to an European Union-US commercial data transfer pact underpinning billions of dollars of trade in digital services just two months after it came into force.

Tech privacy ally Russ Feingold leads in Wisconsin Senate race

Nov's Senate election in Wisconsin could gain Silicon Valley a key ally in Washington in the high-tech industry's battle against the US government's growing appetite for more access to private data.

US court rules for music companies in MP3tunes copyright case

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that record companies and music publishers that once formed part of EMI Group Ltd could pursue additional copyright infringement claims in a long-running lawsuit over defunct online music stora

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence

Apparently, in 2015, Yahoo Inc secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming e-mails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials.

European Union seeks to spur fast broadband roll-out with telecoms reform

The European Union aims to spur the roll-out of fast broadband across the 28-nation bloc by relaxing rules that force telecommunication companies to open up their networks to competitors.

EU: Europe needs to invest $800 billion in digital infrastructure to catch up with US

Europe needs to invest close to $800 billion in its digital infrastructure to catch up with the United States and China, said European Union Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group

The FBI is investigating a cyberattack against another US Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, apparently.

Facebook makes little progress in race, gender diversity

Facebook's employees are still mainly white or Asian males as the world's largest social network made little progress in hiring a more diverse talent pool over the past year.