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FAA Can Regulate Small Drones: NTSB Reverses Judge’s Ruling

Overturning a federal judge’s ruling that the FAA was wrong to fine a man $10,000 for flying a small drone, the NTSB says the agency can regulate such drones as “aircraft.” Continue reading

Gov’t Board: Like A Drone, Your RC Aircraft is Regulated by Law, so Pay up

Man must pay $10,000 fine for using remote-controlled flying wing. Continue reading

NTSB Rules Drones Subject to FAA Rules

The National Transportation Safety Board upheld a Federal Aviation Administration fine against a man for operating a drone recklessly, ruling drones are aircraft and subject to existing FAA rules. Continue reading

F.T.C. Penalizes TRUSTe, a Web Privacy Certification Company

The commission said that TRUSTe deceived consumers about its recertification program and allowed itself to be falsely portrayed as a nonprofit corporation. Continue reading

Bill to Curb N.S.A. Faces Uncertainty in Senate

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to consider legislation to end a program the collects phone records, but opposition has been mounting. Continue reading

Missouri Man Fired for Posting Pictures of DHS Vans to Facebook

Navy vet says employers’ security chief called him a terrorist. Continue reading

Drones Aren’t Toys, U.K. Regulators Warn

Regulators and legislators worry that people buying drones, or those that get such remotely piloted aircraft as gifts, may simply be unaware of the responsibilities that come with operating the system. Continue reading

AT&T Demands Clarity: Are Warrants Needed for Customer Cell-Site Data?

Legal uncertainty surrounds a law compelling disclosure of location information. Continue reading

Court Agrees that Google’s Search Results Qualify as Free Speech

Website CoastNews had its complaint tossed; must pay attorney’s fees to Google. Continue reading

FCC Chief Seeks to Boost Spending on School Web Access

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a $1.5 billion increase in commission funding of high-speed Internet connections for schools and libraries. Continue reading

Sirius May Have to Pay up for Pre-1972 Songs Under State Copyright

Pandora has been sued as well; other streaming services might be next. Continue reading

Did the GOP Use Twitter to Break Campaign Finance Law?

Twitter profiles were meaningless without knowledge of how to find and decode them. Continue reading

Tech Week That Was: Obama Rocks The Net Neutrality Debate

The president took a stand on net neutrality this week, saying the idea that traffic is treated equally should be protected like a public utility. Critics called it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Continue reading

Bits Blog: European Antitrust Regulators to Hold Discussions With Google’s Rivals

The European Union’s competition commissioner wants to hear what companies most concerned about Google’s practices have to say before resolving a longstanding antitrust case.

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Obama Backs Net Neutrality, Asks FCC To Regulate Internet

President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to craft the “strongest possible rules” to protect the principle of “net neutrality”. Continue reading

The White House Is Backing Strong Open Internet Rules

President Obama is calling on rule-makers to reclassify broadband as a public utility. It would give the FCC much broader authority to stop “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” to the Internet. Continue reading

Cindy Cohn, Digital Rights Freedom Fighter, Named EFF Executive Director

Lawyer who fought for cryptography and human digital rights taking EFF helm. Continue reading

Banks Reluctant To Use ‘White Hat’ Hackers To Spot Security Flaws

High tech firms have been offering bounties to security researchers to find holes and bugs in their software, but these reward programs haven’t drawn much interest from major banks. Continue reading

‘More diverse’ emoji faces planned

A proposed update to the popular emoji icons is set to include a more diverse range of skin tones for the first time. Continue reading

German Police Stage Piracy Raid

More than 400 police officers in Germany take part in a nationwide clampdown against piracy. Continue reading