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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Appeals court kicks back ITC decision in Apple case against Motorola

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has given Apple new life in its patent claims against Google-owned Motorola Mobility.

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Some privacy advocates question mobile apps agreement

A code of conduct approved this week isn't enforceable, critics say.

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Samsung requests retrial in $1B patent ruling for Apple

Samsung Electronics has requested a new trial for a patent related to a US$1 billion infringement ruling against it in a case brought by rival Apple, due to a re-examination of the patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Modified online children's privacy rules take effect in US

Some websites and mobile app developers are confused about how to comply with revised rules governing the online collection of personal information from children that took effect in the U.S. Monday, critics said.

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FTC to launch new investigation of patent trolls

The Federal Trade Commission will launch an investigation of the business practices of so-called patent trolls in an effort to understand whether those companies are harming competition and consumers.

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Privacy groups, lawmakers rip into NSA surveillance

Privacy groups and some lawmakers are in an uproar after news reports this week that the U.S. National Security Agency is conducting broad surveillance of the nation's residents.

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Obama pushes for higher speed broadband in schools

U.S. President Barack Obama wants the nation's students to have access to faster broadband in their schools and libraries.

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Apple defends offshore decisions that result in low taxes

Apple pays a fair share of the taxes it owes the U.S. and other nations, its CEO said Tuesday, despite criticism from U.S. senators that the company is ducking taxes by shifting profits to subsidiaries that the company does not consider tax residents of any nation.

Senate report: Apple claims subsidiaries with no taxing jurisdiction

Apple has set up three foreign subsidiaries that the company claims are not resident in any nation for taxing purposes, in an effort to avoid paying tens of billions of dollars in taxes to the U.S. and other countries, according to a new report from a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

Senate passes Internet sales tax

The U.S. Senate has voted to allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers, making it more difficult to buy tax-free products online.

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Senator introduces legislation targeting patent trolls

A U.S. senator has introduced legislation allowing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review and invalidate controversial patents challenged by technology startups in an effort to discourage so-called patent trolls.

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House approves CISPA over privacy objections

The U.S. House of Representatives votes to approve a controversial cyberthreat information-sharing bill, despite opposition from the White House and several privacy and digital rights groups.

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German court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

A German court has invalidated an Apple patent for the slide-to-unlock feature on mobile phones, according to a published report.

Trade groups look for uses for recycled CRT glass

An electronics and a recycling trade group are looking for ways to reuse recycled cathode ray tube (CRT) glass from computer monitors and television sets, with a US$10,000 prize for the best proposal.

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Appeals court considers software patents

U.S. companies shouldn't be able to get patents on abstract ideas when they combine those ideas with a computer process, a lawyer argued in an appeals court Friday.

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