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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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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Supreme Court: Violent Facebook posts not criminal

The court overturns the interstate threats conviction on a Pennsylvania man based on posts made about his wife.

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White House privacy proposal aims to give you control over your data

Some privacy advocates, however, say the draft bill limits privacy enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Net neutrality passes FCC, will apply to mobile too

The new FCC rules will also apply to mobile as well, Chairman Tom Wheeler said. They will almost certainly be challenged by large telcos and broadband ISPs, however.

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Twitter reports huge increase in government data requests

In the second half of 2014, requests were up 40 percent for user information, and 84 percent for content removal.

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Report: Apple agrees to Chinese security audits of its products

The purpose is to counter Chinese concerns about outside government surveillance.

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Experts: FCC will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015

Yet, it's unclear whether the agency will reclassify broadband as a regulated utility


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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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Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement

Apple's agreement to pay $400 million to consumers depends on the outcome of its appeal

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Contentious net neutrality proposal gets FCC green light, public comments wanted

The agency officially releases its chairman's proposal, while asking whether to reregulate broadband


Mozilla proposes new version of net neutrality rules

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


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Apple antitrust compliance efforts slow, but picking up, monitor says

The company has made efforts to launch an antitrust compliance program after fighting against outside oversight, the monitor says

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FCC moves toward in-flight mobile use; Transportation may ban voice calls

While the FCC is moving forward with a plan to let airlines allow the use of mobile phones on flights, the Transportation Secretary wonders if in-flight voice calls are "fair to consumers."



Google to pay $17 million to states in Apple cookies case

The states accused Google of placing tracking on computers of Safari users when they visited sites in Google’s DoubleClick ad network in 2011 and 2012.

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No veto from Obama admin means some older Samsung phones and tablets are banned

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has upheld an import ban on some older-model Samsung Electronics smartphones and tablets after the U.S. International Trade Commission determined they infringed Apple patents.