Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

Second House committee approves bill to end NSA bulk collection

The House Intelligence Committee scraps its own bill in favor of one that privacy advocates say is stronger.

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Comcast deal gives it market power on Internet backbone, critic says

A Cogent executive tells lawmakers Comcast is already using its size to extract payments from Netflix.

Cybersecurity

FCC commissioner calls for delay in net neutrality vote

Rosenworcel joins fellow Democrats in raising concerns about the FCC proposal

House votes to outlaw NSA's bulk collection of phone records

The USA Freedom Act would require the agency to get court approval to collect records on a case-by-case basis.

Mozilla proposes new version of net neutrality rules

The browser maker's propsal would regulate broadband providers' relationship with edge services

Groups want to 'reset the 'Net' to resist NSA surveillance

Privacy groups call on Web users to deploy security and encryption tools.

PCWorld News

Obama, Merkel say they're still working on surveillance understanding

The two countries still have 'differences of opinion' on appropriate surveillance activities, Merkel says

Reddit cofounder's crowdfund campaign wants net neutrality billboard in FCC chief's face

Ohanian turns to crowdfunding site to raise money for a billboard opposing the FCC chairman's proposal

First-of-a-kind Kickstarter lawsuit highlights risks of crowd funding

An attorney general alleges that a company raised $25,000 for a playing card set, but has not delivered the goods.

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White House big-data panel calls for privacy protections, ignores NSA

Big-data collection has several benefits but raises other privacy concerns, a presidential panel says.

PCWorld News

DOJ reaches settlement with eBay to end no-poach hiring deals

The proposed settlement would bar eBay from entering into no-hire agreements with other tech firms

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FCC pressured to regulate broadband in net neutrality spat

Net neutrality advocates call on the FCC to reclassify broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service.

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Should police be allowed to search phones without a warrant?

That's the question at the heart of a case currently being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, where both sides have some very valid arguments.

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FCC's new net neutrality proposal: What do we really know?

The controversy over new proposed rules explodes before critics have actually seen them.

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FCC defends new net neutrality proposal

The agency will ask the public for comments on pay-for-priority agreements, an official says.