Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

First-of-a-kind Kickstarter lawsuit highlights risks of crowd funding

An attorney general alleges that a company raised $25,000 for a playing card set, but has not delivered the goods.

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White House big-data panel calls for privacy protections, ignores NSA

Big-data collection has several benefits but raises other privacy concerns, a presidential panel says.

PCWorld News

DOJ reaches settlement with eBay to end no-poach hiring deals

The proposed settlement would bar eBay from entering into no-hire agreements with other tech firms

net neutrality

FCC pressured to regulate broadband in net neutrality spat

Net neutrality advocates call on the FCC to reclassify broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service.

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Should police be allowed to search phones without a warrant?

That's the question at the heart of a case currently being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, where both sides have some very valid arguments.

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FCC's new net neutrality proposal: What do we really know?

The controversy over new proposed rules explodes before critics have actually seen them.

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FCC defends new net neutrality proposal

The agency will ask the public for comments on pay-for-priority agreements, an official says.

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So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

An upcoming proposal allowing pay-for-priority service is not finalized, an official says

Verizon boosts revenue, income on mobile and broadband growth

The company adds 549,000 retail mobile customes and 98,000 Fios broadband customers during the first quarter.

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Report: US FCC to allow payments for speedier 'Net traffic

The agency's proposal would allow paid preferential treatment for some traffic based on commercially reasonable terms.

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Brazil's global Internet conference includes call to end spying

Participants target an end to Internet surveillance, but have other goals including net neutrality.

PCWorld News

FCC adds $9 billion to broadband subsidy fund

The 70 percent increase in the Connect America Fund would help bring broadband to 5 million U.S. residents, the agency says

U.S. to vote on $1.8 billion proposal to bring broadband to rural areas

New funds target broadband deployment to 5 million US residents, the FCC says

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Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business

The steaming video service told the Supreme Court that it doesn't violate US copyright law by giving subscribers access to over-the-air TV.

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Aereo court case: Consumer control over TV vs. broadcaster copyrights

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in the copyright infringement case against the streaming TV service