Stories by Grant Gross

Study disputes predictions of coming spectrum crunch

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.

By Grant Gross | 23 August, 2014 04:02

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Aalok Mehta, University of Southern California, National Association of Broadcasters, International Telecommunication Union, mobile, J. Armand Musey, Scott Bergmann, Yankee Group, Dennis Wharton, Cisco Systems, 4g, ctia, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Coda Research, Goldin Associates

US lawmaker wants to rebrand net neutrality

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

By Grant Gross | 22 August, 2014 04:07

Tags: reddit, telecommunication, regulation, Anna Eshoo, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Congress, internet, government, broadband, Internet service providers

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

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.

By Grant Gross | 22 August, 2014 04:02

Tags: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, data protection, fbi, Exploits / vulnerabilities, industry verticals, government, Danell Castro, Roy Mellinger, Health Information Trust Alliance, Michael Rosanova, WellPoint, security, Community Health Systems, health care

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

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.

By Grant Gross | 20 August, 2014 04:38

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Bob Quinn, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, TW Telecom, government, broadband, Verizon Communications, U.S. White House Office of Management and Budget, NoChokePoints Coalition, Tom Wheeler, at&t

Senator questions airlines' data privacy practices

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.

By Grant Gross | 19 August, 2014 05:35

Tags: U.S. Senate, United Airlines, security, transportation, Delta Air Lines, data protection, industry verticals, privacy, John "Jay" Rockefeller, Southwest Airlines, american airlines

Official at digital currency service pleads guilty to money laundering

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.

By Grant Gross | 16 August, 2014 00:31

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Vladimir Kats, Internet-based applications and services, Azzeddine El Amine, legal, Arthur Budovsky, Liberty Reserve, internet, Criminal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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

Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and, 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.

By Grant Gross | 14 August, 2014 14:02

Tags: Hudson Kingston, neustar, U.S. Department of Commerce,, Adobe Systems, regulation, Datalogix, Marketo, Edith Ramirez, Center for Digital Democracy, BlueKai, privacy, Oracle, AOL, Jeffrey Chester, security, Becky Burr, government, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Snowden reveals automated NSA cyberwarfare program

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.

By Grant Gross | 14 August, 2014 02:50

Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, Alex Abdo, Edward Snowden, security, U.S. National Security Agency, Exploits / vulnerabilities, government, privacy

Accused Obamacare spammer settles FTC charges

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.

By Grant Gross | 13 August, 2014 06:11

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, regulation, Civil lawsuits, legal, scams, Kobeni, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, government, Yair Shalev

US consumer agency warns of several Bitcoin risks

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.

By Grant Gross | 12 August, 2014 04:52

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Coinsetter, e-commerce, Barry Silbert, Jaron Lukasiewicz, internet, government, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, SecondMarket

FCC requires emergency texting services from carriers, texting apps

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.

By Grant Gross | 09 August, 2014 06:35

Tags: telecommunication, Tom Wheeler, regulation, smartphones, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, government, mobile, 3g, consumer electronics, 4g

FCC chairman downplays net neutrality differences with Obama

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.

By Grant Gross | 09 August, 2014 04:17

Tags: telecommunication, Tom Wheeler, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, Barack Obama, government, broadband, Verizon Wireless, Internet service providers

US Veteran Affairs overhaul includes IT assessment

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.

By Grant Gross | 08 August, 2014 05:32

Tags: Government use of IT, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Mark Warner, Barack Obama, government

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

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.

By Grant Gross | 08 August, 2014 03:23

Tags: Edward Snowden, security, nsa, government, Anatoly Kucherena, privacy

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

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

By Grant Gross | 07 August, 2014 05:57

Tags: business issues, Google, consumer electronics, Gummi Hafsteinsson, smartphones, Emu, mobile, Mergers and acquisitions, Dave Feldman

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