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Broadband funds to boost access in western NY, Finger Lakes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than $210 million in state grants is being awarded to scores of municipalities from Buffalo to Westchester to bring broadband internet access to thousands of New York homes and businesses. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday ...

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A look at ‘net neutrality’ and what will happen

WASHINGTON — Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy ...

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Big tech companies lash out at government snooping

In this undated file photo made available by Google, hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the computer servers into a cooling unit to be recirculated at a Google data center in Mayes County, Okla. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of the servers. Eight major technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people. AP Images

WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood. A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook ...

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Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill

WASHINGTON — Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over ...

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Court declines to hear music downloading case

A $675,000 jury verdict against a student who illegally downloaded 30 songs from the Internet was left standing by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to take the matter up.   Joel Tenenbaum, a 28-year-old Boston University physics student, used ...

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SSA judges: Don’t use Internet to decide claims

The Social Security Administration issued a directive to SSA judges last month instructing them not to use the Internet to seek information on claimants to help them decide cases. “The popularity on Internet sites and social media networking tools such ...

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Could violators of Internet agreements be criminally liable?

Should federal prosecutors have the power to levy criminal charges against Internet users who violate the terms of service agreements on a given website? That is one of the questions facing the U.S. House of Representatives, which is considering legislation ...

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