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  • Lawmakers fail to ask NSA chief about agency's malware plans

    U.S. lawmakers had a chance to pose questions to the director of the National Security Agency on Wednesday but declined to ask him about reports that the agency plans to install malware on millions of computers.

    Written by Grant Gross12 March 14 22:09
  • US House passes bill allowing mobile phone unlocking

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow mobile phone users to unlock their devices and switch carriers, overriding a 2013 decision by the Library of Congress to make the practice illegal.

    Written by Grant Gross26 Feb. 14 14:49
  • Mobile phone unlocking bill loses supporters

    Some former supporters of a mobile phone unlocking bill in the U.S. Congress have withdrawn their support for the legislation because of a new provision added to it as it heads to the House of Representatives floor for a vote.

    Written by Grant Gross25 Feb. 14 19:26
  • House committee passes bill banning in-flight phone calls

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee has passed legislation that would prohibit mobile phone users from making voice calls during airline flights, despite a U.S. Federal Communications Commission move to allow in-flight calls.

    Written by Grant Gross11 Feb. 14 16:05
  • US Democratic lawmakers look to restore net neutrality

    A group of Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to restore net neutrality rules at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

    Written by Grant Gross03 Feb. 14 21:12
  • US House to target HealthCare.gov in two votes this week

    The U.S. House of Representatives is moving toward votes on two bills intended to put a spotlight on the inner workings of HealthCare.gov, the health insurance shopping site recovering from a rocky rollout in late 2013.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Jan. 14 20:57
  • House passes bill aimed at curbing patent trolls

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill meant to discourage so-called patent trolls from filing multiple infringement lawsuits or demanding licensing deals over the objections of some groups representing small inventors.

    Written by Grant Gross05 Dec. 13 18:58
  • Critics to Congress: Put the brakes on patent bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives needs to take more time to debate and rewrite a bill targeting so-called patent trolls because several provisions would hurt legitimate patent holders, several critics of the bill said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross03 Dec. 13 21:24
  • HealthCare.gov error rates going down, consultant says

    The technology team working on the troubled HealthCare.gov has made significant progress in recent days, with error rates on the U.S. government's health insurance shopping site down to less than 1 percent from 6 percent just after its launch, officials said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross15 Nov. 13 20:56
  • New patent reform bill targets so-called trolls

    New patent reform legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday aims to make it more difficult for so-called patent trolls to file infringement lawsuits.

    Written by Grant Gross23 Oct. 13 18:55
  • Net neutrality at the US FCC: A brief history

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations, also known as open Internet rules, face a hearing on Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Verizon Communications has challenged the FCC's authority to pass the rules.

    Written by Grant Gross05 Sept. 13 18:36
  • Opponents of NSA surveillance aren't giving up after House vote

    Privacy and digital rights groups have dug in for a longer fight against massive surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency, even after the House of Representatives voted last week against an amendment to curtail the agency's data collection.

    Written by Grant Gross29 July 13 19:18
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