A look at the expiring surveillance provisions

A look at the post-Sept. 11 surveillance provisions that, barring a last-minute deal in Congress, are set to expire when Sunday turns into Monday: Section 215 of the Patriot Act This has been used to authorize the National Security Agency’s bulk collection

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Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of

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Silk Road website creator gets life term for drug plot

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital

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Silk Road founder gets life for creating online drug site

NEW YORK (AP) — A San Francisco man who created the online drug-selling site Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths that resulted from drugs bought on his website and five people he

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Airbus Group starts $150 million venture fund, Silicon Valley base

By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus Group announced the creation of a $150 million venture capital fund and said it had hired a Google executive to run a new centre in Silicon Valley as it seeks to wave a digital wand

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Vodafone, Wind sign letter of intent for Italy fibre-optic network

MILAN (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone and Vimpelcom’s Italian mobile phone unit Wind have signed a letter of intent with shareholders of broadband firm Metroweb to build a fibre-optic network in Italy, the companies said in a joint statement. The agreement comes as

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Mobile apps turn bedroom traders into star professionals

By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) – When Noa Strijbos picks a financial asset to trade on her smartphone whilst taking her dog for a walk, almost 26,000 people pay close attention. The 30-year-old Dutchwoman is among the top-ranked traders on eToro.com, one

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Toshiba says accounting probe to take until mid-July

By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp will file its annual report up to two months later than usual as an ongoing independent investigation into accounting irregularities will likely last until mid-July, the Japanese conglomerate said on Friday. Toshiba has not

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Toshiba says third-party accounting probe to take until mid-July

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese industrial conglomerate Toshiba Corp said on Friday that an ongoing independent investigation into accounting irregularities was likely to last until mid-July, and that it would file its annual report up to two months later than usual. Toshiba has

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Alibaba courts more China bad debt managers for online auctions

By Shu Zhang and Matthew Miller HANGZHOU, China/BEIJING (Reuters) – Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd is poised to become the second Chinese bad loan firm to auction soured loans online amid a push by the government to settle these debts as the

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