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.

FCC riles AT&T by releasing report on T-Mobile merger

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has allowed AT&T to withdraw its application to buy the mobile licenses owned by T-Mobile USA, as AT&T had requested, but the agency has also released a staff report that disputes many of the benefits the two mobile carriers claimed the merger would produce.

Privacy groups generally cheer FTC's Facebook settlement

Privacy and technology groups generally applauded a wide-ranging settlement between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the social-networking site's privacy practices.

Facebook settles FTC privacy complaints

Facebook has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers "on numerous occasions" by telling them they could keep their personal information private, then repeatedly sharing that information.

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AT&T/T-Mobile merger: What happens next

Now that the FCC has said AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile isn't in the public interest, here's what happens next in the regulatory review process.

FCC finds AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile not in the public interest

In a draft order released Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission's staff has found AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA to be contrary to the public interest.

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Senate votes against measure to kill net neutrality rules

The U.S. Senate has voted against a Republican measure that would have overturned net neutrality rules passed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last year.

Critics of AT&T/T-Mobile merger question job gain estimates

AT&T's says its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA will create up to 96,000 new U.S. jobs. But a UC Irvine economist called those claims "completely unfounded" during a press conference featuring opponents of the wireless telecom companies' merger.

HP will keep its PC division

Hewlett-Packard has decided to keep its PC division after the company talked in recent weeks about spinning it off.

AT&T revenue down slightly, but net income up

AT&T's revenue was down slightly in the third quarter of 2011, compared to a year earlier, but net income rose by about $400 million.

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Lawmakers push to limit government mobile tracking

A pair of legislators want Congress to pass legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to get permission from a judge before tracking suspects through their mobile phones instead of the now-common practice of tracking a mobile subscriber's location after a prosecutor-issued subpoena.

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US mobile carriers to offer free usage alerts

Major U.S. mobile carriers will begin offering free usage alerts to customers in an effort to help them avoid surprise charges on their bills, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Verizon files challenge to FCC's net neutrality rules

Verizon Communications has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, the company said Friday.

Senators question if Google has biased search results

In a Wednesday hearing, several U.S. senators accused Google of giving search preferences to its own suite of services over competitors; Google's Eric Schmidt denied that his company is manipulating search results.


Judge sets trial date for AT&T merger case

The trial over AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile is set to begin on February 13. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to stop the take-over.

Seven states join DOJ in opposing AT&T deal

Seven state attorneys general have joined a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit attempting to block AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA.