Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

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.

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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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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.

FCC's Wheeler: Agency still has regulatory role

The agency will focus on telecom competition and on Internet access and interconnection, Wheeler says

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HealthCare.gov deploys new queuing feature on busy Monday

The website launches a new user queue after performance lags with about 35,000 users

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US HHS says it has reached HealthCare.gov deadline

HealthCare.gov, the troubled insurance-shopping website launched in October by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now working well for most users, officials said Sunday.

Press freedom advocates: US right not to prosecute Assange

The WikiLeaks founder will apparently not face charges for publishing material from a former US Army intelligence analyst.

EFF: FBI should release surveillance justification document

The digital rights group asks an appeals court to force the release of a surveillance legal opinion.

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HealthCare.gov experiences another outage

The Monday crash comes days before a government deadline to have the site largely fixed.

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HealthCare.gov to double capacity by end of month

HealthCare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' troubled insurance-shopping website, will double its user capacity by the end of the month in an effort to eliminate sluggish response times when thousands of people are on the site at the same time, officials said.

Company settles charges of billing mobile users for unwanted services

The case is part of the FTC’s efforts to apply consumer protections to developing mobile technologies, the agency said.