Grant GrossSenior Editor, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service, and is based in Washington, D.C.

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Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children worldwide on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an "unfair and deceptive" business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.


Gartner sees 2.9 percent growth in IT spending in 2017

Worldwide IT spending should rebound in 2017 with a 2.9 percent increase over 2016, after a slight decrease this year, according to Gartner projections.

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Half of U.S. adults are profiled in police facial recognition databases

Photographs of nearly half of all U.S. adults—117 million people—are collected in police facial recognition databases across the country with little regulation over how the networks are searched and used, according to a new study.

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WikiLeaker Assange's internet access cut by a 'state actor'

A "state actor" has cut off internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, the transparency activist organization said Monday.

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Lawmakers question DOJ's appeal of Microsoft Irish data case

Four U.S. lawmakers are questioning a Department of Justice decision to appeal a July court decision quashing a search warrant that would have required Microsoft to disclose contents of emails stored on a server in Ireland.

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If you bring the Samsung Note7 on a plane, you could be arrested

The U.S. government has issued an emergency ban of Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note7 devices from all airline flights, two agencies announced Friday.

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U.S. lawmakers want answers on Yahoo email surveillance

A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. lawmakers wants two government agencies to explain a surveillance program in which Yahoo reportedly scanned all the messages of its email users on behalf of the FBI.

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White House releases money for small-satellite broadband, smart cities

The U.S. government will invest tens of millions of dollars in smart-city technologies and in small-satellite broadband as part of a US$300 million package focused on innovation.

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US IT and engineering salaries rise nearly 4 percent in 2015

IT and engineering salaries in the U.S. rose 3.9 percent in 2015, the second highest annual increase since 2010, according to a survey from IEEE-USA.

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Supreme Court wrestles with size of damages for Apple design patents

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, hearing arguments in a long-running Apple and Samsung patent dispute on Tuesday, seemed to question a 19th-century law that allows huge infringement damages in design patent cases.

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Court reinstates $120 million patent award for Apple in Samsung case

A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a US $119.6 million award for Apple in a long-running smartphone design patent dispute with rival Samsung.

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FCC to vote on strict privacy rules for ISPs in late October

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will push forward with controversial privacy regulations that would require broadband providers to get customer permission before using and sharing geolocation, browsing histories, and other personal information.

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Guccifer 2.0 claims to have hacked the Clinton Foundation

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 now claims to have hacked the Clinton Foundation, but the documents posted show Democratic campaign data from organizations already compromised.

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5 ways to improve voting security in the US

Voting officials can take several steps to improve security, even a couple that can still happen this year.


3 nightmare election hack scenarios

The question on the mind of many U.S. voting security experts is not whether hackers could disrupt a U.S. election. Instead, they wonder how likely an election hack might be and how it might happen