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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US concerns about online privacy present opportunity, experts say

Internet companies will move toward offering more privacy-enhancing tools, some privacy advocates say.

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US weather agency confirms cyberattack

NOAA shut down some services for unscheduled maintenance after four websites were compromised

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Internet sales tax bill dead in Congress

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he has significant concerns about the legislation

Obama gives FCC political cover to regulate broadband

The president's call for reclassification of broadband under telephone-style regulations helps nudge the FCC in that direction

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US Postal Service suffers breach of employee, customer data

Data breach affects names, Social Security numbers and other information of 800,000 employees, USPS says

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Net neutrality advocates: Hybrid approach won't work

A proposal to reclassify only part of broadband service as a regulated utility wouldn't protect consumers, groups say

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Study: Internet sales tax would cost consumers billions

Legislation allowing cross-border Internet sales tax collections would cost US shoppers $24 billion in 2015, an antitax group says.

Alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0 arrested, faces narcotics charges

The 26-year-old was arrested Wednesday in San Francisco and faces multiple charges in New York.

'Obamaphone' subsidy program should include broadband, group says

The FCC's Lifeline program should subsidize broadband, not just voice service, for low-income US residents, the group says.

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Verizon appears to soften its stance against net neutrality rules

The broadband provider, which sued the FCC over the agency's 2010 rules, says it might not challenge a basic set of regulations

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Lawyer: NSA phone records program amounts to 'tyranny'

But a DOJ lawyer calls on an appeals court to overturn an injunction against the phone records collection program

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FCC eyes new rules to protect consumers as voice networks transition to IP

An agency proposal would require incumbent carriers to share last-mile networks with competitors

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FCC: A range of net neutrality options remain on the table

A hybrid regulatory approach dividing up broadband into two services is among options being considered, the agency says

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Republican gains in Congress would have limited impact on big tech issues

Predicted Republican majorities in the House and Senate may not lead to big changes in net neutrality and other issues

FTC: Operator of dating sites lured customers with fake profiles

JDI Dating used computer-generated profiles to contact customers looking for dates. Sorry.