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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Isohunt.com to shut down in settlement with movie studios

The BitTorrent search site lost an appeals court case earlier this year, so it's closing its doors as part of settlement with movie studios in the U.S.

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Verizon's mobile and broadband growth drive higher revenue in Q3

Verizon Communications' profit and sales rose in the third quarter of 2013, with the growth driven by higher mobile and broadband numbers.

US gov't still has no enrollment numbers for Obamacare website

Officials still aren't releasing the numbers of people who have successfully navigated the error-prone process of signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Internet infrastructure groups move away from US gov't over spying

ICANN and other groups are calling for an accelerated globalization of Internet domain name functions after NSA surveillance leaks.

Supreme Court shouldn't review NSA spying case, U.S. gov't says

The Patriot Act doesn’t allow privacy groups to challenge an NSA order directed at Verizon Communications, lawyers for the Obama administration argue.

People flock to anonymizing services after NSA snooping reports

Companies offering anonymous Web browsing and communication services are seeing a huge increase in business since recent news leaks about the U.S. National Security Agency's mass data collection and surveillance activities.

NSA's Alexander to telecom industry: Trust me

General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, says his agency needs to restore trust in order to defend the U.S. against cyberthreats.

Add technologists to surveillance tech review panel, IT groups say

Actual technologists should be appointed to server on a group reviewing the nation's surveillance technologies, IT-related groups say.

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Shutdown affects government sites, but Weather.gov remains up as storm looms

As a tropical storm and possible hurricane bears down on the Gulf Coast of the U.S., the National Weather Service's website was churning out weather alerts Friday, despite a partial U.S. government shutdown that has affected citizens' access to other online resources.

Lawmaker: Snowden may have had help with leaks

Edward Snowden’s access to information he shouldn’t have known existed raises questions about whether he had help collecting information, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday.

Senator vows fierce defense of NSA data collection, surveillance programs

Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, says the NSA's telephone records collection program is necessary to keep the U.S. safe from terrorism.

Justice Department opposes company requests to publish surveillance statistics

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies want to publish the number of surveillance requests they receive from the National Security Agency and other agencies. The Department of Justice contends that would drive suspects to other services.

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NSA encryption-defeating efforts will backfire, privacy advocates say

The NSA has defeated encryption through a variety of means, including through reported backdoors in online services and covert compromises in encryption standards, according to news reports last month.

Tech firms push for NSA surveillance transparency bills

The tech groups endorse the Surveillance Transparency Act in the Senate and the Surveillance Order Reporting Act in the House, both of which would allow companies to publish information about the number of surveillance requests they receive from U.S. agencies.

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US gov't shutdown could take money from IT workers, contracts

Congress and the Obama administration have until Tuesday to work out a compromise to keep the government open. Otherwise, government IT workers and contractors could feel the impact.