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.

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.

Net neutrality rules face uncertain future after House vote

A U.S. House of Representatives vote to kill net neutrality rules may not survive in the Senate.

Lawmaker introduces online do-not-track bill

A U.S. lawmaker introduced a bill to create an online do-not-track tool for all U.S. Internet users.

AT&T revenue up, driven by smartphone growth

During its last quarter as the exclusive service provider of the iPhone in the U.S., AT&T saw revenue rise 2.1 percent for the fourth quarter, as income fell sharply. AT&T reported a net gain of 2.8 million mobile customers on the strength of 4.1 million iPhone activations.

Consumer Watchdog calls for investigation of Google

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google's privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant's relationship with the Obama administration.

Verizon files lawsuit over FCC net neutrality order

Verizon has filed a legal challenge to FCC net neutrality rules.

Lawmaker: Congress will kill FCC's net neutrality rules

The U.S. House of Representatives will move quickly to kill net neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission, a lawmaker says.

Firm files patent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Zynga

Walker Digital filed a patent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, and Zynga, alleging that some of those developers' most popular games infringe on an online tournament patent.

Reports: Facebook raises $500 million, faces SEC inquiry

Facebook faces an SEC inquiry focused on private investments, according to news reports.

What's in the FCC's new net neutrality rules?

The FCC's new net neutrality rules would prohibit wired broadband providers from blocking legal Web content and services.