Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

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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.

US officials: NSA overseas surveillance is targeted, not bulk collection

Critics question the officials' description of the NSA's overseas surveillance programs. Are they wide nets or targeted strikes?

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Group files complaint against Verizon on 'forced' VOIP conversions

Verizon is converting some traditional telephone customers to VoIP without their permission, advocacy group says.

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USPTO to examine DMCA take-down process

The agency will host a meeting Thurday to look into ways to improve the process.

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U.S. government pulls out of ICANN

The NTIA plans to let its domain-name contract with ICANN expire in late 2015, its administrator says. ICANN will then develop its own Internet governance model.

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FCC approves AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless

The $1.2 billion deal includes conditions that AT&T expand its LTE service.

Copyright owners call for overhaul of DMCA takedown notices

Infringers shouldn't be able to repost files again and again to the same website, musicians tell lawmakers.

Lawmakers fail to ask NSA chief about agency's malware plans

Instead, a House subcommittee deferred questions about 'damage' of leaks to a classified briefing.

US House seeks alternatives to Internet sales tax bill

An Internet sales tax bill that passed in the Senate is flawed, says the House Judiciary Committee chairman.

SoftBank CEO: U.S. mobile broadband needs to be back on top

Son says he feels an obligation to bring high speeds and low prices to the U.S. mobile market.

GAO: Government-funded broadband means better service, lower prices

The agency finds government-funded service offers improved service over private broadband providers, at least for businesses.

FCC urged to make more Wi-Fi spectrum available

A new tech coalition focuses on the value of Wi-Fi in the US

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Groups ask US FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp

The proposed deal raises concerns about WhatsApp users' privacy, two groups say.

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Lawmakers urge faster chip-and-PIN credit card adoption

The technology could be the answer to prevent further breaches of credit-card information.