Grant GrossSenior Editor, 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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In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud.

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SWIFT banking network warns customers of cyberfraud cases

SWIFT, the international banking transactions network, has warned customers of "a number" of recent cyber incidents that criminals used to send fraudulent messages through its system, according to a news report.

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Google and Microsoft agree to end regulatory battles

Google and Microsoft have agreed to end a long-running regulatory battle and will stop complaining to government agencies about each other.

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VR hardware sales are about to skyrocket

Shipments of virtual reality hardware will "skyrocket" this year and keep climbing through 2020, market analyst IDC said.

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Pennsylvania slapped Uber with an $11.4 million fine for operating without a license

The Pennsylvania Public Service Utility Commission has voted to fine Uber US $11.4 million for operating without its authority and failing to comply with data requests for an investigation.

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Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing the tech giant's Siri digital assistant of infringing one of its patents.

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Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement access to encryption

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, some lawmakers urged.

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a copyright infringement case against Google for its now 12-year-old effort to scan books and allow people to search them online.

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House passes bill to limit FCC authority on net neutrality

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband pricing under its net neutrality rules.

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More than 43,000 sign petition against U.S. encryption-breaking bill

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition against proposed U.S. legislation that would require tech companies to break into their users' encrypted data when ordered to by a judge.

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Cyberattack could knock out huge swath of US electric grid, lawmakers say

The U.S. government is not prepared for a cyberattack on the electrical grid that takes out power over a large area for weeks, or even months, some lawmakers said.

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House panel moves to require warrants for stored data

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has voted to approve a bill that would give new email and cloud-stored data new privacy protections from law enforcement searches.

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IRS security is failing taxpayers, senator says

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Congress, and private electronic tax-filing vendors aren't doing enough to protect the personal information of taxpayers, senators said Tuesday.

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Consumers want more value from home IoT products

U.S. consumers are slow to embrace home-based Internet of Things products, with many wary of their cost and usefulness, according to a new survey.

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Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted devices.