Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

PCWorld News

Outdated IT contracting rules added to HealthCare.gov woes?

A reform of US government IT procurement could lead to fewer failed projects, critics say

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FCC moves toward in-flight mobile use; Transportation may ban voice calls

While the FCC is moving forward with a plan to let airlines allow the use of mobile phones on flights, the Transportation Secretary wonders if in-flight voice calls are "fair to consumers."

PCWorld News

Show us a better way than collecting metadata, NSA director says to critics

Keith Alexander asks U.S. tech companies to offer better alternatives than the NSA's phone records collection program.

PCWorld News

Republicans question coverage under HealthCare.gov

Lawmakers suggest more US residents will lose insurance coverage than will sign up with the website

Lawmakers hear mixed message on limiting spectrum bidding

Some advocates urge the FCC to limit AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming incentive auction

FCC chairman aims for TV spectrum auction in mid-2015

The FCC will auction spectrum now held by television stations to mobile broadband providers in mid-2015, when its software and systems are ready.

Cybersecurity

About 25 percent of HealthCare.gov applications have errors

CMS is working with insurance providers to identify applications with problems, an official says

Cybersecurity

US Supreme Court to hear software patent case

The court will review an appeals court decision in a computerize trading platform patent case

US gov't IT worker pleads guilty to theft of funds

The IT purchasing specialist used government cards to buy mobile phones, tablets and iTunes music, the DOJ says.

PCWorld News

House passes bill aimed at curbing patent trolls

The Innovation Act, opposed by some inventors, next heads to the Senate for action

U.S. faces major Internet image problem, former gov't official says

NSA surveillance allegations have led to countries questioning the country's commitment to Internet freedom, a former Obama official says.

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FCC approves Verizon purchase of Vodafone stake in Verizon Wireless

Verizon expects the deal to buy a 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless to close early next year.

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Group files complaint over Google Shopping prices, labeling

Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants.

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U.S. Capitol

Republicans: HealthCare.gov shows government incompetence

Critics of the website point to its rollout as a reason to question large government programs.

Critics to Congress: Put the brakes on patent bill

A patent reform bill targeting so-called trolls needs more time to mature, several groups say.