Grant GrossReporter, TechHive

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service.

Aereo

Supreme Court delivers a death blow to Aereo's over-the-air TV streaming service

The core of Aereo's business is illegal under the U.S. Copyright Act, the Supreme Court rules.

Facial recognition proposal lacks privacy protections, advocate says

A trade group's recommendations for best privacy practices run counter to US values, an ACLU lawyer says

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Microsoft's general counsel calls on Congress to do more to protect users' private data

Lamwakers need to address consumer privacy for data held by companies and for data gathered by spy agencies, he says

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Disconnect's new browser plugin translates complex privacy policies into simple icons

The Privacy Icons browser add-on translates websites' privacy policies into nine easy-to-grasp categories

traffic

U.S. senators introduce bill to expand Wi-Fi spectrum for cars

The legislation directs the FCC to study whether to open up spectrum now designed for intelligent car communications.

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Republicans call on FCC to leave net neutrality to antitrust agencies

Republican lawmakers promote antitrust as an alternative as a way to derail the FCC's efforts

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House approves effort to limit NSA searches of U.S. data

The amendment to a defense spending bill would end a 'backdoor loophole' allowing warrantless searches

Supreme Court ruling throws roadblock in the way of software patents

The court's ruling could make it more difficult to patent some types of software in the future

Internet traffic congestion real, but sporadic, study says

In some cases, congestion has lasted for months at a time or for most of a day, the study says.

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House committee approves permanent Internet tax moratorium

The legislation would make permanent a temporary tax ban that's been in place since 1998.

net neutrality

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill banning paid Internet 'fast lane'

The bill from a group of Democratic lawmakers would prohibit preferential traffic management in the last mile. But can it pass?

Hackers use YouTube to sell stolen credit card numbers, group says

An Internet safety group calls on YouTube to more proactively police uploaded videos.

PCWorld News

Level 3 to acquire TW Telecom to add scale to business-focused networks

The $5.7 billion deal is expected to close in four to six months, company officials said

FCC looking into complaints that broadband ISPs are dragging their heels

The agency is asking for information about complaints that large broadband providers are deliberately not upgrading peering arrangement to favor their own video services versus streams from, say, Netflix.

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FCC will push network providers on cybersecurity, Wheeler says

If private companies don't improve their security efforts, the agency will step in with regulations, the FCC's chairman said.