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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DOJ defends NSA phone records program after judge's ruling

Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District court says the NSA's phone records collection efforts likely violated the Constitution.

Judge pulls no punches in ruling against NSA program

The authors of the Constitution would be 'aghast,' Judge Richard Leon wrote, when ruling that NSA collection of telephone records may be unconstitutional.

PCWorld News

Security concerns about are overblown, Democrats say

HHS officials report just 32 security incidents since the site has launched

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Outdated IT contracting rules added to woes?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."

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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.

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Republicans question coverage under

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.


About 25 percent of applications have errors

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


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.

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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.