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Stories by Grant Gross

Study disputes predictions of coming spectrum crunch

By Grant Gross | 23 August, 2014 04:02

Widely accepted projections of a shortage of mobile spectrum may not be as dire as many analysts in the mobile and tech sectors are making it out to be, according to a new study.

US lawmaker wants to rebrand net neutrality

By Grant Gross | 22 August, 2014 04:07

A U.S. lawmaker wants to rebrand the term net neutrality because its definition is confusing to many people.

US agencies to release cyberthreat information faster to the health-care industry

By Grant Gross | 22 August, 2014 04:02

U.S government agencies will work to release cyberthreat information faster to the health-care industry after a massive breach at hospital operator Community Health Systems, representatives of two agencies said.

FCC allowed to question AT&T, Verizon on business broadband pricing

By Grant Gross | 20 August, 2014 04:38

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has the green light to collect new data on the pricing of so-called special access services, the middle-mile network services used to deliver business broadband and mobile service backhaul.

Senator questions airlines' data privacy practices

By Grant Gross | 19 August, 2014 05:35

A senior U.S. senator is asking airlines about their data privacy practices, saying he's concerned about what information the companies are collecting and sharing with third parties.

Official at digital currency service pleads guilty to money laundering

By Grant Gross | 16 August, 2014 00:31

An official with Liberty Reserve, a popular digital currency service that was based in Costa Rica, has pleaded guilty to money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.

Dozens of US tech firms violate EU privacy promises, advocacy group says

By Grant Gross | 14 August, 2014 14:02

Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises they've made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy group said in a complaint to be filed Thursday.

Snowden reveals automated NSA cyberwarfare program

By Grant Gross | 14 August, 2014 02:50

The U.S. National Security Agency has a cyberwarfare program that hunts for foreign cyberattacks and is able to strike back without human intervention, according to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Accused Obamacare spammer settles FTC charges

By Grant Gross | 13 August, 2014 06:11

A company accused of sending unsolicited and deceptive email before the roll out of the U.S. Affordable Care Act will pay US$350,000 to settle a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

US consumer agency warns of several Bitcoin risks

By Grant Gross | 12 August, 2014 04:52

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies can expose users to a number of risks, including hackers and scammers trying to take advantage of hype surrounding the technology, a U.S. consumer protection agency warned Monday.

FCC requires emergency texting services from carriers, texting apps

By Grant Gross | 09 August, 2014 06:35

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to require U.S. mobile carriers and many text-messaging apps to enable users to text emergency dispatch centers, even after questions about whether the centers will be ready by the deadline.

FCC chairman downplays net neutrality differences with Obama

By Grant Gross | 09 August, 2014 04:17

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman's view of net neutrality rules and President Barack Obama's are not as different as some reports this week have suggested, the chairman said Friday.

US Veteran Affairs overhaul includes IT assessment

By Grant Gross | 08 August, 2014 05:32

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed legislation focused on overhauling the Department of Veteran Affairs' troubled health-care system, including an IT review of the VA's process of scheduling patients.

Report: Snowden allowed to stay in Russia for three more years

By Grant Gross | 08 August, 2014 03:23

The Russian government will allow Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of the agency's worldwide surveillance programs, to stay in the country for three more years, according to Russia news reports.

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

By Grant Gross | 07 August, 2014 05:57

Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple's Siri team.