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Mingis on Tech: The ongoing H-1B debate (and Facebook Live's fate)

It looks like some changes may be coming to the controversial H-1B visa program in the U.S. But the same can't be said for Facebook Live.

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Appeals court won't rehear challenge to net neutrality rules

A U.S. appeals court has denied a request by broadband trade groups to rehear its decision last June to uphold the Federal Communications Commission's controversial 2015 net neutrality rules.

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Is Donald Trump right about H-1B visa abuse?

This is a case of Trump being on the right track, and the tech industry off it.

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FCC chairman plans to 'reverse the mistake' of net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote May 18 to kick off a proceeding to "reverse the mistake" of the agency's 2-year-old net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.

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California bill would force utilities to give rebates for energy-storage systems

A bill recently approved by the state’s Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, would create a rebate incentive program to encourage solar customers to add energy storage.

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FCC ends price caps on many business data lines

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to deregulate the providers of the business data lines connecting broadband service to many small businesses, schools, hospitals and ATM machines.

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FCC kills plan to allow mobile phone conversations on flights

On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission killed a plan to allow mobile phone calls during commercial airline flights.

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FCC said to have a plan for rollback of net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has disclosed preliminary plans to roll back some of the net neutrality provisions in the U.S., which could be put to vote as soon as May or June, according to news reports.

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U.S. seeks curbs on use of entry-level H-1B programmers

The U.S. government is taking action that will likely increase the visa denial rates of H-1B programmers hired for entry-level jobs.

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U.S. may expand laptop ban to more airports

The U.S. might add other airports to its ban restricting passengers from bringing laptops on board certain flights from the Middle East.

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Facebook loses appeal over New York search warrants

Facebook’s appeal against 381 warrants for information from the accounts of its users was rejected by a New York court on the grounds that earlier orders refusing to quash the warrants issued in a criminal proceeding could not be...

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Amazon to refund parents over kids' in-app purchases, says FTC

Parents with children who ran up bills, sometimes huge, through in-app purchases stand to get some or all of that money back. Amazon could have to hand out more than $70 million in refunds to affected consumers, according to the U.S....

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Trump's H-1B reform may go the way of healthcare

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) plan to re-introduce new versions of old bills that raise the visa cap.

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Politicians' web browsing history targeted after privacy vote

Two GoFundMe campaigns have raised more than $290,000 in an effort to buy the web browsing histories of U.S. politicians after Congress voted to allow broadband providers to sell customers' personal information without their...

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Justice Dept. says replacing U.S. workers may bring lawsuit

The Department of Justice on Monday issued a warning to H-1B employers not to use the visa program to discriminate against U.S. workers.

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Privacy activist wants to unveil lawmakers' browser histories

When members of Congress approved a resolution that would toss out significant online privacy protections, one Internet user decided to do something about it.

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Trump extends Obama executive order on cyberattacks

President Donald Trump is extending by one year special powers introduced by former President Barack Obama that allow the government to issue sanctions against people and organizations engaged in significant cyberattacks and...

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Privacy advocates plan to fight Congress' repeal of ISP privacy rules

Privacy advocates haven't given up the fight after Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell customers' browsing histories and other personal information without their permission.

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