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New NSA phone dragnet proposals blasted as flawed

Proposals to renew portions of the Patriot Act wouldn't end bulk phone records collection, critics say

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German gov't proposes telecom data retention law

Critics say this revamped version is probably still illegal

Senate to return early to debate phone dragnet

Senators will return to Washington Sunday, just hours before a portion of the Patriot Act expires

Power problems disrupt Africa's telecom sector

As the issue gets worse, outages become common

Skype to face Belgium criminal court after failure to hand over call data

The issue is whether Skype is subject to same rules as telecom companies

Charter Communications confirms bid to buy Time Warner Cable

The companies expect to close the deal by the end of 2015.

US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The Senate may work into the weekend to find a deal on extending portions of the Patriot Act

US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet

Senators could vote on a Patriot Act extension bill as soon as Friday

Alcatel-Lucent uses SDN to meld IP, optical services

Alcatel-Lucent this week extended its carrier SDN product line with an automation and network control system designed to accelerate service provisioning from multivendor IP and optical infrastructure.

Senators stall vote to extend NSA phone records dragnet

Senator Rand Paul filibusters efforts to pass a bill to renew parts of the Patriot Act past June 1

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Verizon (probably) dominates U.S. wireless service providers

Verizon’s up, Sprint’s down, and why it’s getting increasingly difficult to compare them.

European mobile operators seemingly divided over sanity of blocking ads

A plan to put pressure on Google by strangling its all-important ad revenue has come under fire

Critics blast NSA phone records bill as 'fake reform'

Even some supporters say the USA Freedom Act should be only one step toward surveillance reform

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A look at Bleep and what peer-to-peer messaging bodes for the future

Find out about Bleep and why its technology will change expectations for future messaging apps.

House votes to narrow NSA's phone records collection

The USA Freedom Act still allows the agency to collect records in a more targeted manner

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Forget smartwatches… get a smart-pen

A new smart-pen promises to fix the delay that occurs between having an idea and getting a device, like smartphone out to record it.

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Cloud document storage gets chat

New chat functionality on the Dropbox and Google Drive cloud platforms promises to focus collaboration on the files being discussed.

Verizon and Sprint to pay a total of $158M for unauthorized text billing

The carriers agreed to settlements after federal complaints that they allowed charges to be crammed onto customer bills

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Microsoft expands Skype Translator beta to all comers

Microsoft today expanded the beta of Skype Translator, the real-time translation service demonstrated last fall, to all interested testers.

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