Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

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.

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.

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.

AT&T: DOJ's opposition to merger hurts consumers

The U.S. Department of Justice would "severely set back growth and competition" in the U.S. mobile telecom market if its efforts to block AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile succeed.

FTC: No, your smartphone can't heal acne

The makers of two mobile applications claiming to treat acne have settled FTC complaints that the developers sold the apps without proof that they work as advertised.

Experts: AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile may not be dead yet

AT&T still has options after the U.S. DOJ filed a lawsuit in opposition to the company's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

U.S. DOJ sues to block AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile

The U.S. DOJ blocks AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile with an antitrust suit filed in federal court.

Apple's device dominance drives ebook price-fixing lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit accuses Apple of working with publishers to raise the cost of ebooks.

Mayors voice support for AT&T deal with T-Mobile

AT&T says that more than 100 U.S. mayors have expressed support for the company's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Lawmaker touts AT&T deal with T-Mobile

A senior Republican congressman says the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T could provide significant benefits to U.S. consumers.

Verizon posts revenue growth on mobile additions

Verizon Communications saw revenue rise 2.8 percent to $27.5 billion for the second quarter, largely driven by mobile subscriber additions.