Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

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

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Senate passes bill allowing mobile phone owners to unlock devices

The House will still have to pass the Senate bill before it becomes law, however.

Swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality, FCC extends deadline

The agency has received 677,000 comments on its proposed net neutrality rules

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Amazon allowed kids to spend millions on in-app purchases, FTC says

The agency's lawsuit against Amazon mirrors its earlier action against Apple for a similar problem.

Senate committee approves mobile phone unlocking bill

The legislation would overturn a Library of Congress decision to remove legal protections for unlocking

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FTC: T-Mobile made hundreds of millions from unwanted SMS features

The mobile carrier made profits from services not ordered by customers, the FTC said.

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Supreme Court delivers a death blow to Aereo's over-the-air TV streaming service

The core of Aereo's business is illegal under the U.S. Copyright Act, the Supreme Court rules.

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Disconnect's new browser plugin translates complex privacy policies into simple icons

The Privacy Icons browser add-on translates websites' privacy policies into nine easy-to-grasp categories

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Chatbot passes Turing Test? Some aren't so sure

Critics are raising questions about news that a conversation bot passed an AI test.

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Deluge of net neutrality comments floods FCC website after Oliver rallies audience

The agency's comments page goes down after comic commentator John Oliver urges people to take action.

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Report: Deutsche Telekom agrees to sell T-Mobile USA to SoftBank

Details of an agreement to merge T-Mobile with SoftBank's Sprint aren't yet available.

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Lawmakers to FCC: stop mulling net neutrality reclassification

Some Republican House members question the need for the FCC to move forward with any net neutrality rules

FCC moves forward on net neutrality plan: What now?

The FCC's chairman says he's looking for more public comment on his proposal.

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Contentious net neutrality proposal gets FCC green light, public comments wanted

The agency officially releases its chairman's proposal, while asking whether to reregulate broadband

Net neutrality advocates flood FCC Twitter chat

Many Twitter users call on the FCC to reclassify broadband and subject it to utility-style rules.

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FCC commissioner calls for delay in net neutrality vote

Rosenworcel joins fellow Democrats in raising concerns about the FCC proposal