Grant GrossSenior Editor, IDG News Service

Grant Gross edits and assigns stories and writes about technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service. He is based outside of Washington, D.C.

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Fitbit scoops up rival fitness tracker maker Pebble

Fitbit, the maker of popular fitness trackers, has acquired assets owned by rival Pebble, including key employees and intellectual property related to software and firmware development.

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Supreme Court kills $399 million patent award against Samsung in Apple case

The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a US$399 million infringement award against Samsung Electronics in a long-running design patent dispute with Apple.

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Supreme Court wrestles with size of damages for Apple design patents

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, hearing arguments in a long-running Apple and Samsung patent dispute on Tuesday, seemed to question a 19th-century law that allows huge infringement damages in design patent cases.

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Court reinstates $120 million patent award for Apple in Samsung case

A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a US $119.6 million award for Apple in a long-running smartphone design patent dispute with rival Samsung.

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9 big moments in Yahoo's troubled history

Yahoo has had quite a ride, enduring falling stock prices and frequent CEO changes. Here are 9 key moments leading up to its sale to Verizon.

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E-book buyers will soon get settlement payments from Apple price-fixing case

Some buyers of e-books will begin to receive payments Tuesday as part of a settlement in a price-fixing case against Apple.

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Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds may be dead

A proposal in the U.S. Senate to require smartphone OS developers and other tech vendors to break their own encryption at the request of law enforcement may be dead on arrival.

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FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G

Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of 'beach front' wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.

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Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing the tech giant's Siri digital assistant of infringing one of its patents.

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Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement access to encryption

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, some lawmakers urged.

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Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted devices.

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White House won't support encryption unlocking legislation

President Barack Obama's administration won't support legislation to force device makers to help law enforcement agencies defeat encryption, according to a news report.

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DOJ knew of possible iPhone-cracking method before Apple case

Weeks before the FBI headed to court to force Apple to help it break into a mass shooter's iPhone, a sister agency in the Department of Justice was already using an Israeli security firm to attempt to crack the company's devices.

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U.S. will still push for encryption workarounds, even though iPhone hearing was postponed

The government will still want companies to build encryption workarounds, even though the FBI may have a way to crack into an iPhone used in a high-profile mass shooting case.

Tuesday’s Apple vs. FBI hearing: 5 things you need to know

Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice will argue in court Tuesday about whether a judge should require the tech giant help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by a mass shooter in California.