Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service.

Lawmakers push US attorney general for NSA surveillance changes

Modifications proposed by the Obama administration to the U.S. phone records collection program aren't enough, some say.

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Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

A social network labeled people as jerks and charged them to contact customer service and change their profiles, the agency says

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear NSA surveillance case

Activist and former US prosecutor Larry Klayman had appealed directly to the Supreme Court, to no avail.

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FTC Commissioner Wright's calendar heavy on lobbyists, light on consumer groups

The FTC's Joshua Wright has met primarily with representatives of businesses and trade groups during his first 15 months in office

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State AGs investigating Experian subsidiary's data breach

The breach involved 200 million personal records

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US development agency defends its Cuban 'Twitter' operation

USAID secretly helped set up a mobile phone messaging program, similar to Twitter, to spread democracy in the country.

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Supreme Court could limit software patents in Alice case

Justices appear to look for a way to provide some guidance on what computerized business methods are patentable

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US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to 'Net censorship, lawmakers say

Ending the NTIA's formal oversight of ICANN could open the door for other countries, critics say

FCC clears the way for gigabit Wi-Fi

Could gigabit Wi-Fi be around the corner? The FCC opens up more spectrum available for Wi-Fi use.

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Skeptical Supreme Court justices question some software patents

Some justices express skepticism about patents involving a trading platform tied to a computer. At stake: possibly the future of software patents.

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Petitions call on U.S. government to leave Snowden alone

Advocates plan to present two petitions to the DOJ and the State Department.

FCC's chairman moves to allow wireless spectrum sharing

FCC chairman Wheeler will soon float a proposal to experiment with sharing spectrum in the 3.5GHz band to alleviate the mobile bandwidth crunch.

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LabMD challenges FTC data security action in new lawsuit

The medical lab files a new lawsuit seeking to rein in the FTC's authority to bring data breach complaints

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Tech firms oppose fast-tracking of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The group of tech companies raises concerns about copyright enforcement provisions in the trade pact

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What's the problem with DMCA takedown notices?

Participants in a US government discussion on the notice-and-takedown process disagree on a direction.