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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New patent reform bill targets so-called trolls

The bill would require companies suing for patent infringement to identify the patents and claims infringed in their initial court pleadings, potentially making it more difficult for patent holders to file broad infringement claims.

Federal standards agency recommends ways businesses can improve cybersecurity

A new version of a cybersecurity framework from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to help businesses assess their readiness.

Obamacare website issues will be fixed, Obama promises

The president said Monday there is “no excuse” for the problems that have plagued HealthCare.gov since the site went live Oct. 1.

Wikipedia bans 250 accounts on pay-for-article concerns

The online encyclopedia's editors are investigating allegations of suspicious edits and accounts.

FTC returns money from online operation promising free gas

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has begun to send more than 58,000 refund checks to consumers who lost money to Green Millionaire, a company that promised a free book explaining how to power cars and homes at no cost, but then billed customers for an online magazine they never ordered.

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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.