Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

Supreme Court refuses to hear NSA, AT&T wiretapping case

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn legal immunity for telecom carriers that allegedly participated with a U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program during the last decade.

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Google, publishers reach book-scanning settlement

The Association of American Publishers and Google have reached a settlement to end seven years of litigation over the company's book-scanning project.

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Trade group: Expect big push for online sales tax

Online sales tax creates 'clear and present danger' to the Internet, commerce trade group NetChoice says.

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ACLU: Electronic surveillance by US agencies skyrocketing

U.S. law enforcement surveillance of email and other Internet communication has skyrocketed in the last two years, according to data obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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FCC chairman: Agency needs to police broadband competition

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to be a "cop on the beat" to ensure mobile and broadband competition across the country, the agency's chairman said Tuesday.

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Groups to file net neutrality complaint against AT&T over FaceTime

Advocacy groups plan to file a complaint against AT&T, alleging violating the U.S. FCC's net neutrality rules.

Twitter appeals court ruling to turn over user information

Twitter has filed an appeal of a New York judge's June decision requiring the company to turn over detailed information about a user tied to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.

Verizon Wireless to pay fine for allegedly blocking tethering apps

Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay $1.25 million to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to resolve a complaint that it blocked third-party tethering applications on Android phones, the FCC said Tuesday.

AT&T posts revenue and income gains on mobile growth

More mobile customers and increasing mobile data use pushed AT&T's revenue up. More than 70 percent of the company's new smartphone customers purchased iPhones.

Apple, booksellers oppose proposed ebook price-fixing settlement

A proposed settlement of the U.S. Department of Justice's ebook price-fixing case against three large publishers would damage the U.S. publishing industry and would single out Apple for restrictions on ebook pricing, lawyers for the tech firm wrote in comments to the agency.

Former AT&T exec leaked iPhone, BlackBerry sales figures

A former marketing executive at AT&T has pleaded guilty to charges related to an insider trading scheme in which he leaked smartphone sales information members of an investment community.

Gartner predicts huge rise in monitoring of employees' social media use

A new study by market-research firm Gartner claims corporations are starting to embrace technologies used to monitor employee Internet use, with 60 percent expected to watch workers' social media use for security breaches by 2015.

Lawmakers call on feds to reopen investigation into Google Wi-Fi spying

Two U.S. lawmakers have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Google's snooping on Wi-Fi networks in 2010 after recent questions about the company's level of cooperation with federal inquiries.

Senator questions whether Comcast is following NBC merger conditions

A U.S. senator has urged the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether Comcast is violating merger conditions.

Mobile experts disagree on who should protect privacy

Users of mobile apps need more information about the ways those apps use their personal information, a group of experts agreed Thursday, but they didn't agree on who is most responsible for protecting user privacy.