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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White House pushes cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure

The new document should help critical infrastructure operators develop cybersecurity programs, officials say.

Report: EU loses faith in U.S. ability to manage Internet

A new policy proposal from the European Commission is scheduled to be released Wednesday, that will push to globalize Internet functions.

House committee passes bill banning in-flight phone calls

The bill would allow mobile device users to surf the Internet and send text messages

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More than 4,000 groups sign up to protest the NSA

Websites will encourage people to contact Congress next Tuesday.

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Target, Neiman Marcus executives defend security practices

Some US lawmakers call for new data security regulations, but others question how to keep the law current with criminal attacks

How many criminals have NSA's phone records busted? Maybe one

Congress should reform the NSA in an attempt to restore trust in the US tech industry, the ITI says.

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U.S. Democrats seek to restore net neutrality

Bills in the House and Senate would restore the FCC's rules after an appeals court threw them out.

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Russian man pleads guilty in SpyEye malware case

Aleksandr Panin, arrested last year, was the primary developer of the banking fraud malware, says the U.S. Department of Justice.

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FTC: Medical transcription firm allowed histories to be on search engine

The agency announces a data-breach settlement with the California company

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FCC moves toward IP transition of phone networks

The commission approves trial runs for converting copper networks to IP

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Defendant challenges DOJ's use of NSA surveillance

An Uzbek man asks a US court to suppress information collected by arguing the NSA program is unconstitutional

Senator pushes for an end to NSA phone records program

Leahy questions the constitutionality of the program, but the US attorney general defends it

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Obama touches on NSA reform in State of the Union address

The U.S. president also called for patent reform and for faster broadband in schools

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NSA phone records program aids investigations, defenders say

It could prevent the next 9/11 attack, one former official said

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FTC takes action against alleged Obamacare spammer

The company sent email messages trying to trick people into signing up for insurance before the deadline, the agency says