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b>WASHINGTON:/bFederal securities regulators settled charges against Satyam Computer Services and sanctioned its accountants, adding to the damage from a massive accounting fraud that prompted a takeover of the company by the Indian Government and criminal charges against its former executives.
American spy chiefs have told congressmen that a plan to allow the National Security Agency to share more raw eavesdropping reports with other agencies will not be unlawful and will protect the privacy rights of US citizens.
A Democratic senator prevented legislation from being quickly considered that would expand the FBI's power to use secretive surveillance orders to obtain some Internet records, arguing it would lead to a "dramatic erosion" of US privacy rights.
Yahoo's secret scanning of customer e-mails at the behest of a US spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches.
The US National Security Agency said it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages.
A Chinese-led group has withdrawn its offer to buy a stake in German carmaker-backed mapping company HERE after it failed to win approval from a US national security oversight board.
Former US intelligence officials who worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents urged Congress to renew an Internet surveillance programme.