Grant GrossSenior Editor, IDG News Service

Grant Gross edits and assigns stories and writes about technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service. He is based outside of Washington, D.C.

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Trump: It was probably Russia that hacked the DNC, Clinton campaign

Russia was likely behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump finally has acknowledged.

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Atlassian buys team-management software vendor Trello for $425 million

Atlassian, the company behind HipChat and the JIRA software development tool, plans to acquire Trello, a vendor of the eponymous team-building software.

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Spy chief: US should use all tools to counter Russian hacking

The U.S. government should consider a broad range of retaliations against Russia for its attempts to interfere with November's presidential election, the outgoing director of national intelligence recommended.

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Department of Labor sues Google over wage data

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Google, with the company's ability to win government contracts at risk.

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Nokia files even more patent lawsuits against Apple

Nokia has filed new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, a day after it weighed in on a licensing dispute with the company by filing claims in Germany and the U.S.

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Nokia and Apple trade accusations in patent lawsuits

Finnish mobile network vendor Nokia has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany and in the U.S., alleging that the smartphone giant has infringed 32 of its patents, including the widely used H.264 video codec. Nokia's five lawsuits follow an Apple lawsuit filed in California Tuesday.

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Nokia accuses Apple of infringing 32 of its patents

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany and in the U.S., alleging that the smartphone giant has infringed 32 of its patents, including the widely used H.264 video codec.

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Tech companies like Privacy Shield but worry about legal challenges

Privacy Shield, the new international framework allowing companies to transfer customer data between the EU and the U.S., is getting good reviews so far, but some companies aren't betting on it for the long term.

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FCC Chairman Wheeler to step down in January

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down on Jan. 20, clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to appoint a Republican chairman and majority.

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Privacy protections for wearable devices are weak, study says

The rapidly expanding wearable device market raises serious privacy concerns, with some device makers collecting massive amounts of personal data and sharing it with other companies, according to a new study.

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Microsoft Ventures launches AI-focused fund

Microsoft Ventures has launched an artificial intelligence investment fund, signaling its parent company's growing focus on the emerging technology.

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Gates, Bezos, others launch energy tech VC fund

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son are investors in a new clean energy technology venture firm launched Monday.

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Fitbit scoops up rival fitness tracker maker Pebble

Fitbit, the maker of popular fitness trackers, has acquired assets owned by rival Pebble, including key employees and intellectual property related to software and firmware development.

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SoftBank gives more detail about $50B US investment

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japanese telecom firm SoftBank, plans to invest US$50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the U.S. by pumping money into startups, he said after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

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Supreme Court kills $399 million patent award against Samsung in Apple case

The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a US$399 million infringement award against Samsung Electronics in a long-running design patent dispute with Apple.