Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

Music labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings

The streaming music service is violating New York law by not paying artists, the lawsuit alleges.

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Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

A social network labeled people as jerks and charged them to contact customer service and change their profiles, the agency says

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Groups ask US FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp

The proposed deal raises concerns about WhatsApp users' privacy, two groups say.

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Verizon, T-Mobile endorse smartphone 'kill switch' effort

However, the executives stop short of endorsing a Senate bill requiring them to install kill switches on mobile devices.

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Verizon: Heavy Web users should pay more

The company's CEO says he's encouraged by new discussions on net neutrality

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House committee passes bill banning in-flight phone calls

The bill would allow mobile device users to surf the Internet and send text messages

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U.S. Democrats seek to restore net neutrality

Bills in the House and Senate would restore the FCC's rules after an appeals court threw them out.

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Obama proposes changes to NSA surveillance

The changes called for regarding NSA surveillance include new privacy advocates to be assigned to a surveillance court and a transition away from a controversial U.S. telephone records collection program.

Surveillance court renews NSA phone records program

The FISA court approves the metadata collection program for the 36th time in seven years.

DOJ will appeal judge's ruling against NSA phone program

The decision of the D.C. judge conflicts with a ruling from a New York judge in a separate case..

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DOJ defends NSA phone records program after judge's ruling

Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District court says the NSA's phone records collection efforts likely violated the Constitution.

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FCC moves toward in-flight mobile use; Transportation may ban voice calls

While the FCC is moving forward with a plan to let airlines allow the use of mobile phones on flights, the Transportation Secretary wonders if in-flight voice calls are "fair to consumers."

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Group files complaint over Google Shopping prices, labeling

Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants.

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US HHS says it has reached HealthCare.gov deadline

HealthCare.gov, the troubled insurance-shopping website launched in October by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now working well for most users, officials said Sunday.

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Google to pay $17 million to states in Apple cookies case

The states accused Google of placing tracking on computers of Safari users when they visited sites in Google’s DoubleClick ad network in 2011 and 2012.