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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Sales of wearables to jump, as Android starts to catch up to Apple

Makers of wearable computing devices will ship 110 million products in 2016, a big increase from 2015, with smartwatches accounting for about a quarter of those sales, IDC predicted.

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Digital rights group: Save security, reject FBI's iPhone unlocking request

Digital rights group Fight for the Future is hoping to give voice to ordinary people concerned with the U.S. FBI's attempt to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone used by a mass shooter.

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GM accelerates in race toward self-driving cars with Cruise Automation acquisition

Car-marking giant General Motors plans to acquire autonomous vehicle technology vendor Cruise Technology in an effort to accelerate its recent self-driving efforts.

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FCC wants ISPs to get customer permission before sharing personal data

Broadband providers would be required to get opt-in customer permission in many cases to use and share personal data they collect under regulations proposed by the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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Privacy groups want rules for how ISPs can track their customers

Some Internet service providers are building powerful tools to track customers, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to step in, some privacy advocates say.

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Supreme Court denies Apple appeal in e-books price fixing case

Apple will pay $450 million as a settlement for e-book price fixing after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the company's appeal of a lower court's antitrust ruling.

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Billboards can track your location, and privacy advocates hate it

A geolocation-tracking feature on billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoor gives the company new ways to target advertising and measure its effectiveness, but is also raising privacy concerns.

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Apple formally appeals judge's iPhone unlocking order

Just in case its motion to vacate wasn't enough, Apple late Tuesday filed an appeal of a California judge's order requiring it to help the FBI defeat the password protection's on a mass shooter's iPhone.

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The FBI should try to unlock a shooter's iPhone without Apple's help, a lawmaker says

It may be possible for investigators to make multiple copies of the hard drive on an iPhone used by the San Bernardino mass shooter.

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Apple vs. the FBI: The legal arguments in a nutshell

Apple has raised some interesting, and potentially winning, legal arguments in its request to overturn a judge’s order requiring the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter.

FBI director: Apple encryption ruling could lead to more unlocking requests

If a U.S. court grants the FBI's request for Apple to help it unlock a terrorism suspect's iPhone, the case will likely open the door to many similar law enforcement requests, the agency's director said Thursday.

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Lawmakers push for encryption commission to find compromise

Congress should allow an expert commission to recommend ways to resolve a contentious debate over police access to encrypted communications before passing "knee-jerk" legislation, one lawmaker says.

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BlackBerry eyes IoT, diversifies with new cybersecurity practice

Struggling smartphone vendor BlackBerry is looking to diversify its business by launching a cybersecurity consulting service, focusing in part on the Internet of Things, and providing related tools to customers.

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Asus agrees to 20 years of audits to settle "pervasive" router insecurity charges

Asus has agreed to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software on its routers, the agency said Tuesday.

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People are buying millions and millions of wearables

The worldwide market for wearable computing devices saw a huge expansion in the last quarter of 2015, led by Fitbit and Apple, and shows no signs of slowing down soon.