Grant GrossSenior Editor, 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.

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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.

FCC launches new mobile broadband subsidy

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has begun seeking competitive bids for new mobile broadband subsidies for 3G or 4G service.

AT&T revenue, net income up on smartphone sales

Growth in mobile services largely due to smartphone sales pushed AT&T revenue up 1.8 percent, with a 5.2 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter of the year.

DOJ's antitrust case may have huge implications for publishing

The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers over alleged e-book price fixing means that the publishers have to reinvent their digital futures, according to some experts.

DOJ files ebook price fixing lawsuit against Apple

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers for alleged ebook price fixing.

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.