Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

PCWorld News

CTIA website shows mobile app data usage

The new website is aimed at helping mobile device owners and app developers

Holiday Shopping

Online holiday shopping up, but not as much as expected, comScore says

U.S. desktop users spend $42.8 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 22

Acer names semiconductor veteran as new CEO

Now top man at Acer, Jason Chen previously held sales and marketing positions at Taiwan Semiconductor and Intel.

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Senators call on FTC to investigate Target breach

Senator Richard Blumenthal wants an investigation of Target's security practices after 40 million credit and debit cards were compromised in a security breach.

Legal ruling

DOJ releases Megaupload discussions about mass infringement

Megaupload's lawyer says the conversations show the company's struggle with infringing materials stored there.

NSA defends foreign surveillance after new reports of targets

The NSA and GCHQ have targeted an Israeli leader and the vice president of the European Commission, according to a report.

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Debate over NSA surveillance shifts with judge's ruling, task force report

Critics of the agency's surveillance programs say momentum has shifted in the debate

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NSA task force to recommend major changes in surveillance

Recommendations from the White House panel will include taking the phone records database away from the NSA.

PCWorld News

Former Microsoft exec to head HealthCare.gov effort

DelBene, former president of Microsoft's Office Division, will lead the website going forward

Legal ruling

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 HealthCare.gov 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Outdated IT contracting rules added to HealthCare.gov woes?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.