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.

Consumer group: E-book price fixing costs big bucks

Contending that e-book price fixing will cost consumers more than $200 million this year, the Consumer Federation of America called on U.S. antitrust authorities to take action against Apple and a group of publishers. The U.S. Department of Justice is in the midst of a probe of potential e-book price fixing.

FTC chairman: Do-not-track law may not be needed

A do-not-track law focused on protecting Web users' privacy may not be necessary, with private groups working to implement recommendations from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency's chairman said Monday.


E-commerce trade group: Mobile geolocation privacy bill is 'awful'

Proposed legislation requiring mobile apps to get permission to check user geolocation makes NetChoice’s latest list of 'awful' bills for e-commerce.

DOJ sues AT&T over billing for text-based communications service

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused AT&T of overcharging the government by millions of dollars by failing to crack down on scammers using a text-based Internet service for hearing-impaired people.

Google says it will cooperate with any Safari privacy investigations

Google will cooperate with any investigations into allegations that it bypassed privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser, the company said, after a news report that both U.S. and E.U. officials are investigating the company.

Report: DOJ warns Apple, publishers on collusion over book pricing

The Wall Street Journals says the Department of Justice has warned Apple and five U.S. book publishers that it is planning to file lawsuits against them for allegedly colluding to fix the prices of e-books.

U.S. senator asks FTC to investigate Apple, Google

A U.S. senator wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google for allowing applications on their mobile OSes to access users' photographs without permission.

FCC asks for comments on mobile network shutdowns for public safety

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comments on whether it's ever appropriate for law enforcement agencies to shut down mobile networks in the name of public safety.

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Apple wins an injunction against Motorola in German court

Apple has won an injunction potentially requiring Motorola Mobility to recall infringing smartphones, in the two companies' ongoing patent battle in Germany.

Groups ask FCC to block Verizon spectrum deals with cable providers

A coalition of advocacy groups wants the Federal Communications Commission to block Verizon Wireless from buying wireless spectrum from cable providers because it believes that two proposed deals would concentrate too much spectrum in the hands of one company.

Group files FTC complaint over Google's privacy changes

A privacy group says that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should force Google to halt its plan to consolidate user identities across its services and fine the company for violating a previous settlement.

Google's tracking of Safari users could lead to FTC investigation

Google's alleged circumvention of do-not-track controls on Apple's Safari browser could lead to big fines from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if the agency determines that Google has violated a privacy settlement the company agreed to in March, according to privacy advocates.

DOJ approves Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google's acquisition of mobile-phone and tablet maker Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion.

FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband

Large portions of the western half of the U.S. do not have access to 3G or faster mobile broadband service, according to a new map released by the Federal Communications Commission.


EPIC sues FTC over Google's planned privacy changes

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking a court to force the agency to take action against Google.