Grant GrossWashington Correspondent, 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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EFF asks Supreme Court to rule on secret surveillance memo

The digital rights group wants to see a DOJ memo that allows the FBI to collect phone records.

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Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same

The FCC's net neutrality rules need to make room for some traffic management, the company says. But critics say Cisco just simply wants some extra cash.

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Chatbot passes Turing Test? Some aren't so sure

Critics are raising questions about news that a conversation bot passed an AI test.

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Snowden leaks after one year: Wrangling over the meaning of 'bulk'

The Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance have ignited a debate, but little action in Washington.

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Senators question need to rein in NSA surveillance

Several senators say they oppose reform legislation, even though many advocates see it as too weak

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Mobile spying apps fuel domestic violence, U.S. senator says

Senator Al Franken calls on Congress to pass a bill banning the creation of mobile spy apps.

PCWorld News

Groups launch Reset the Net campaign to resist NSA surveillance

Google, Snowden and digital rights groups encourage Web users to adopt privacy tools

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Deluge of net neutrality comments floods FCC website after Oliver rallies audience

The agency's comments page goes down after comic commentator John Oliver urges people to take action.

Law enforcement agencies disrupt Gameover Zeus botnet

Two U.S. courts unseal charges releated to the giant botnet and the Cryptolocker ransomware.

PCWorld News

US tech worker groups boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Advocacy groups say the companies should look first for U.S. tech workers for U.S. IT jobs

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House panel investigating FTC data breach enforcement

Lawyers say the House Oversight Committee is investigating a P-to-P security vendor tied to the agency.

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Bill would prohibit FCC from reclassifying broadband as utility

GOP Representative Bob Latta's legislation would limit the FCC's authority in its current net neutrality proceeding.

PCWorld News

DOJ files gov't contracting lawsuit against CA

CA 'knowingly overcharged' the US government for software licenses and maintenance, the DOJ says

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Report: Deutsche Telekom agrees to sell T-Mobile USA to SoftBank

Details of an agreement to merge T-Mobile with SoftBank's Sprint aren't yet available.

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Net neutrality: Reclassifying broadband would be a long road

Expect court challenges and a possible blacklash in Congress, if the agency regulates broadband as a utility.