Grant GrossSenior Editor, 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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IBM goes all in on blockchain, offers cloud-based service

IBM offers a cloud-based service to help businesses set up blockchain networks and test and deploy apps.

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Senate passes permanent ban on Internet access taxes

The U.S. Senate votes to make a temporary Internet tax ban permanent.

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Microsoft headed to court to protect Irish data from US DOJ search

During an appeals court hearing Wednesday, Microsoft will argue against the U.S. Department of Justice efforts to search emails stored in a company facility in Ireland.

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CISA likely coming back to Senate, amid doubts about effectiveness

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, controversial cyberthreat information-sharing bill, is likely to get a push for Senate passage this fall, amid doubts that it would have prevented recent major breaches.

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DOJ tightens policies on use of simulated cells for surveillance

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued new guidelines on the use of a cellular surveillance technology called stingrays.

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Privacy disclosures in kid apps are better, but still need work, says U.S. FTC

Mobile applications aimed at children are doing a better job in recent years of disclosing their privacy practices, but many apps still lack basic information, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission survey.

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Paid, non-disclosed Xbox One endorsements land Machinima in hot water with FTC

Online entertainment network Machinima has reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for failing to disclose it paid people to produce endorsement videos for the Xbox One gaming console.

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US IT salaries rose by more than 4 percent in 2014

U.S. IT salaries were up by 4.25 percent in 2014, the highest increase in years, according to an IEEE-USA survey.

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Russia, China said to use hacked databases to find US spies

Russian and Chinese cyberspying units are reportedly cross-checking hacked databases to identify U.S. intelligence operatives.

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Local officials question FCC's broadband subsidy proposal

Several groups and elected officials have objected to parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's plan to expand telephone subsidies for low-income people to include broadband service.

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US agency to seek consensus on divisive, volatile topic of security vulnerability disclosures

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration will host a series of discussions about the best way to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

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NSA wins battle over its phone records collection, as court lifts injunction, but fight isn't over

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a district court injunction against the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records.

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CenturyLink to deploy broadband to rural areas in 33 states

CenturyLink has accepted more than $500 million from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to roll out broadband to rural areas in 33 states.

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Spam King pleads guilty to Facebook hack, email scheme

Sanford Wallace, the so-called Spam King, has pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal contempt in connection with misusing email, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

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US agency tells electric utilities to shore up authentication

A new U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guide for electric utilities offers ways they can shore up their cybersecurity efforts.