Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

Senators question AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile USA

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, several senators raised concerns about AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Senator questions Google on Wi-Fi snooping

A U.S. senator resurrected year-old questions about Google Street View cars sniffing Wi-Fi networks during Tuesday's Senate hearings on data collection.

Privacy groups support new do-not-track bill

Privacy and civil liberties groups support a new online do-not-track bill.

Groups ask FCC to investigate AT&T broadband caps

Two groups are calling for an FCC investigation of AT&T's new broadband caps.

FCC chairman defends net neutrality rules

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski faced questions from House Republicans, who say existing antitrust laws are enough to protect broadband customers from selective blocking by providers.

Group: Google Buzz settlement a 'killer' for e-commerce

The trade group NetChoice has expressed concerns about the FTC settlement with Google over Buzz.

FTC takes action against 'fake' news sites

The U.S. FTC asks courts to shut down allegedly fake news sites promoting the weight-loss benefits of acai berry products.

Justices question Microsoft's vision of patent law

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a patent case involving Microsoft.

Kerry, McCain introduce online privacy bill

Privacy advocates criticized a bill introduced Tuesday that focuses on online data collection.

Appeals court knocks down Verizon net neutrality challenge

An appeals court Monday dismissed Verizon's challenge of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's December net neutrality ruling, calling it premature.

Google settles FTC complaint over Buzz

Google settled an FTC privacy complaint over its Buzz social network. The proposed settlement bars Google from future privacy misrepresentations, requires the company to implement a comprehensive privacy program and requires independent privacy audits for the next 20 years

Groups defend drunk-driving checkpoint software

Smartphone apps that locate drunk-driving traps may help police, defenders say.

Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble over Android

Microsoft files a patent lawsuit against Barnes & Noble, alleging its Android-based e-reader infringes Microsoft patents.

Lawmaker promises new online privacy legislation

An upcoming online privacy bill would aim to give Web users more control of their personal data, a Republican lawmaker says.

DOJ won't comment on reports of MPEG LA probe

A news report says the U.S. Department of Justice has launched an antitrust investigation of MPEG LA.