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.

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.

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.

Who really was behind the SOPA protests?

Participation in last month's protests against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act was driven by a combination of independent decisions by websites, behind-the-scenes organization by a number of groups, and grassroots response to the blackout and other online efforts.

Online petition targeting Apple's Chinese factory conditions gathers 162,000 signatures in a week

An online petition asking Apple to protect the Chinese workers who make its more popular products has gathered more than 162,000 signatures in just over a week.

Facebook files for highly anticipated IPO

Facebook filed papers Wednesday to become a public company, in the most anticipated IPO in a decade, with the company looking to bring in US$5 billion in...

AT&T appoints chief strategy officer

AT&T has appointed its first chief strategy officer to develop the company's road map, including long-term mobile capacity needs.

Apple customers reaction mixed to reports of poor working conditions

Amid renewed reports of poor working conditions at factories making Apple products in China, it's unclear whether customers will demand change.

Lawmakers question Google on its new privacy practices

Google's decision this week to share user data across its online services has caught the attention of eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

AT&T posts loss on breakup fee, benefit plan costs

Though smartphone sales were strong, AT&T on Thursday reported a net loss in the fourth quarter of 2011 due to extraordinary charges, including a breakup fee.