Grant GrossWashington Correspondent, 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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FTC will target patent trolls, commissioner says

The agency, even while studying patent assertion entities, can take action against unfair practices, Brill says

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DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity

U.S. companies should recognize that criminal investigations are different from surveillance, a DOJ official says

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Academics urge FCC to enforce net neutrality on case-by-case basis

A group of 32 professors asks the FTC to weigh in and encourage the FCC to step away from utility regulation

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Google to begin contacting customers about in-app refunds

The FTC approves a final settlement in its complaint over children's unauthorized in-app purchases

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Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data

An influential federal judge says NSA should collect everything it wants in the name of fighting terrorism.

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Internet sales tax backers push for late-session action

Supporters of the sales tax press on, despite opposition from House Speaker Boehner.

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FTC: Online billing service deceptively collected medical records

The agency reaches a settlement with a billing service that tried to populate online medical records with customer data

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Conservative lawyers question need for patent troll legislation

Bills targeting patent trolls would weaken intellectual property protections, some lawyers say.

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Apple faces trial in decade-old iTunes DRM lawsuit

Plaintiffs complain that Apple married iTunes music with iPod players, and they want $350 million in damages.

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US lawmakers to Europe: Don't break up Google

Europe should follow a 'traditional regulatory process' when looking at antitrust complaints, U.S. lawmakers say

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Pew poll: U.S. Internet users have limited knowledge of Net Neutrality and privacy policy

Our tech literacy on Net Neutrality isn't great, and when it comes to privacy issues, Americans score even lower.

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NSA privacy director defends agency's surveillance

The agency's first privacy director answers public questions on Tumblr

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Reports: EU taking first step towards breaking up Google

A proposed motion in the European Parliament could put pressure on EU authorities

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US man sentenced for hacking POS systems at Subway

Former Subway franchise owner sold POS systems to the restaurant chain, then hacked them, the DOJ says

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FCC chairman gives no timeline for net neutrality decision

The agency needs to make sure any rules it passes will stand up to a lawsuit, Wheeler says