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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FCC approves AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless

The $1.2 billion deal includes conditions that AT&T expand its LTE service.

Copyright owners call for overhaul of DMCA takedown notices

Infringers shouldn't be able to repost files again and again to the same website, musicians tell lawmakers.

Lawmakers fail to ask NSA chief about agency's malware plans

Instead, a House subcommittee deferred questions about 'damage' of leaks to a classified briefing.

US House seeks alternatives to Internet sales tax bill

An Internet sales tax bill that passed in the Senate is flawed, says the House Judiciary Committee chairman.

SoftBank CEO: U.S. mobile broadband needs to be back on top

Son says he feels an obligation to bring high speeds and low prices to the U.S. mobile market.

GAO: Government-funded broadband means better service, lower prices

The agency finds government-funded service offers improved service over private broadband providers, at least for businesses.

FCC urged to make more Wi-Fi spectrum available

A new tech coalition focuses on the value of Wi-Fi in the US

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Groups ask US FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp

The proposed deal raises concerns about WhatsApp users' privacy, two groups say.

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Lawmakers urge faster chip-and-PIN credit card adoption

The technology could be the answer to prevent further breaches of credit-card information.

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Target CIO resigns following breach

The retailer announces the resignation after data breaches affecting up to 110 million people.

NSA director defends surveillance, but calls for better cybersecurity

The NSA director says the agency is doing what the US residents want it to do

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UK man charged with hacking US Federal Reserve

The defendant is accused of stealing personal information of employees and publishing it on a Web site.

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Bloomberg clamps down with data-access policies after scandal

The financial data and news company develops in-house access controls after controversy over journalists seeing client information

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Verizon, T-Mobile endorse smartphone 'kill switch' effort

However, the executives stop short of endorsing a Senate bill requiring them to install kill switches on mobile devices.

Mobile phone unlocking bill loses supporters

Critics of the bill don't like language added to the legislation that would prohibit bulk unlocking of phones.